Mirwaiss Sidiqi: Music in Afghanistan 2006


Mirwaiss Sidiqi of the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia works with music education in Afghanistan.

In this interview he speaks about the present situation concerning music in Afghanistan – as it appeared by the end of 2006 – and also more generally about the power of music.

Mirwaiss Sidiqi took part in the session ‘You can’t stop the birds singing’ at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in November 2006.

Mirwaiss Sidiqi is programme manager and country director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia in Afghanistan. He has 12 years of experience working various companies in Europe and Central Asia, serving as sales manager, marketing director, branch councilors, market researcher, international commercial exhibit, and conference coordinator. He is fluent in English, French, German, Dari and Pashto. He was born in 1968.

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The video interview was recorded by Mik Aidt assisted by Gaëlle Gauthier-Brown on 24 November 2006. Signature music: Jason Carter recorded live at the conference.

 Listen to the audio track of the video

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