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    sulymanqardash:

…Traditional music Instruments shop in Kabul… #Kabul #Afghanistan #music #rubab #indie #capital #city

Great pic!

    sulymanqardash:

    …Traditional music Instruments shop in Kabul…
    #Kabul #Afghanistan #music #rubab #indie #capital #city

    Great pic!

    — 1 year ago with 55 notes
    #afghanistan  #rubab  #indie  #kabul  #music  #capital  #city 
    'First' Afghan female rapper seeks reason with rhymes

    pakistank2:

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    KABUL: Sporting a long leather coat and western jeans under a headscarf, Soosan Feroz looks like many modern women in Kabul.

    But she is a surprising new phenomenon in this conservative country – the nation’s first female rapper.

    Her lyrics though are not unfamiliar for many of her fellow countrywomen – she raps of rape, abuse and atrocities that Afghan women have endured during decades of war in a country gripped by poverty.

    “My raps are about the sufferings of women in my country, the pains of the war that we have endured and the atrocities of the war,” Feroz told AFP in an interview in the office of a local company that is helping her record her first album, between local performances including at the US embassy in Kabul.

    Like most fellow Afghans, the 23-year-old says her life is filled with bitterness – memories of war, bombing and a life at refugee camps in neighboring Iran and Pakistan.

    She was taken to Pakistan as a child by her parents and later to Iran, escaping a bloody civil war at home in 1990s.

    Two years after the 2001 US-led invasion of her war-scarred nation that toppled the Taliban, the then-teenager returned home with her family.

    She worked as a carpet weaver with her other siblings for a living until she discovered her new talent.

    Told that rap and hip hop had become a way for many artists around the world to express daily hardships in their lives, Feroz says: “If rap singing is a way to tell your miseries, Afghans have a lot to say.

    “That’s why I chose to be a rapper.”

    She recalls her woes at Iranian refugee camps in her first recorded piece of music, “Our neighbours”, which has been posted on Youtube and viewed nearly 100,000 times:

    “What happened to us in the neighbouring country?

    “We became ‘the dirty Afghan’

    “At their bakeries we were pushed at the back of the queue.”

    The lyrics are borne from personal experience, Feroz said. “As a child when I was going to bring bread from our neighbourhood bakery, the Iranians would tell me, ‘go back, you dirty Afghan’.

    “I would be the last one in the line to get my bread,” she said.

    Millions of Afghans still live in Iran and Pakistan, which together hosted about seven million refugees after the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.

    Feroz was too young to remember the bloody battles of the 1980s between the Russian soldiers and freedom fighters known as mujahedin but her first song is full of war tales, with one line proclaiming: “We went to Europe for a better life (but) in refugee camps we rotted.”

    Thousands of Afghans put their lives on the line every year to reach Europe through dangerous and illegal routes on land and sea. Those who make it often spend years in isolated refugee camps.

    Afghan pop star Farid Rastagar has offered to help the young artist release an album, the first song of which will be released in January.

    One of the songs is called “Naqisul Aql” which can be translated as “deficient-in-mind” – a common belief about women among Afghan men.

    “In this rap, she sings about the miseries of the women in Afghanistan, about abuses and wrong beliefs that still exists about women,” Rastagar told AFP.

    Afghan women have made some progress since the fall of the Taliban but many still suffer horrific abuse including so-called ‘honour killings” for percieved sexual disobedience.

    Feroz, the daughter of a former civil servant and an illiterate housewife who remarkably let their daughter sing, has already made scores of enemies not only among conservatives but within her own family.

    After releasing her first song on the internet, Feroz’s uncles and their families have shunned her, accusing her of bringing shame on them.

    Others, mostly anonymous callers, have threatened to kill her.

    “What’s my fault?” she asks. “I always receive phone calls from unknown men who say I’m a bad girl and they will kill me,” she says, her dark eyes welling with tears.

    Sitting next to her is her father, Abdul Ghafaar Feroz, who says he prides himself on being her “personal secretary”.

    “I’m not deterred,” Feroz said, her father nodding his head in agreement. “Somebody had to start this, I did and I don’t regret it and I will continue. I want to be the voice of women in my country.”

    (Source: tribune.com.pk)

    — 1 year ago with 28 notes
    #afghanistan  #Rapper  #Rap  #Soosan Feroz  #Iran  #Pakistan  #South Asia  #Central Asia  #Kabul  #Violence  #Rights  #Justice  #Music  #awesome ladies doing awesome things 
    dynamicafrica:

AfriPOP! interviews up-and-coming Congolese rapper Alec Lomani as he talks about his musical influences, personal style and his heavier struggles with identity and politics, as well as being part of a growing global ‘African Renaissance’.

    dynamicafrica:

    AfriPOP! interviews up-and-coming Congolese rapper Alec Lomani as he talks about his musical influences, personal style and his heavier struggles with identity and politics, as well as being part of a growing global ‘African Renaissance’.

    — 2 years ago with 6 notes
    #music  #congo  #alec lomani  #africa  #african  #afrique 

    professorbutterscotch:

    Two strangers on an NYC subway play music together.

    Your musical interlude from NYC of the day. People are awesome.

    — 2 years ago with 10 notes
    #nyc  #new york  #new york city  #music  #subways  #beautiful 

    tumblingfromthecave:

    The story on aspiring South African pop star Tender Mavundla and her struggle to attain her goals while living with HIV.

    (Source: aljazeera.com)

    — 2 years ago with 18 notes
    #south africa  #africa  #music  #HIV  #HIV/AIDS  #AIDS  #al jazeera  #reporting  #video  #media  #storytelling 

    fyeahafrica:

    Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars - Rise & Shine Preview

    Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of bloody warfare. Since then, audiences around the world have embraced the band and their utterly extraordinary story.

    On their forthcoming album, Rise & Shine, the All Stars sound, as well as their biography, evolves further; the music finds them establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching story (The Los Angeles Times).

    Watch the PBS trailer (graphic content warning).

    Amazing.

    (Source: )

    — 2 years ago with 45 notes
    #Sierra Leone  #Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars  #Africa  #music  #West Africa 

    thatnigeriankid:

    Koffi Olomide - Skoll

    Congolese Music

    Don’t mind us, just rocking out…

    (via )

    — 2 years ago with 58 notes
    #congo  #music  #koffi olomide 
    thesporkreport:

A music festival has taken place in Kabul this weekend with bands from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Australia providing entertainment to hundreds of young Afghans.
Blues, indie and metal had the crowd dancing and cheering in a country where music was banned under the Taliban regime.
Australian photojournalist Travis Beard organised the Sound Central live music event after being inspired by local musicians who he helped through workshops and underground concerts in the lead up to the event.
The music festival took place in Babur Gardens surrounding the centuries old tomb of Mughal emperor Babur with the date and venue kept secret until the last moment to prevent an insurgent attack but still drew over 450 revellers.
Al Jazeera ‘Afghan concert drops beats not bombs’
Photo credit: Ahmad Masood (Reuters)

    thesporkreport:

    A music festival has taken place in Kabul this weekend with bands from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Australia providing entertainment to hundreds of young Afghans.

    Blues, indie and metal had the crowd dancing and cheering in a country where music was banned under the Taliban regime.

    Australian photojournalist Travis Beard organised the Sound Central live music event after being inspired by local musicians who he helped through workshops and underground concerts in the lead up to the event.

    The music festival took place in Babur Gardens surrounding the centuries old tomb of Mughal emperor Babur with the date and venue kept secret until the last moment to prevent an insurgent attack but still drew over 450 revellers.

    Al Jazeera ‘Afghan concert drops beats not bombs’

    Photo credit: Ahmad Masood (Reuters)

    — 2 years ago with 30 notes
    #afghanistan  #kabul  #sound central  #music  #festival 
    kaliem:

A group of Afghan youth pose for photos during  Sound Central, a one-day “stealth festival” in Kabul October 1, 2011.  Sound Central, the one-day “stealth festival” that organisers hope will  draw 1,000 to 2,000 young Afghans, is the first music festival the  country has seen since it plunged into three decades of violence in the  late 1970s. In a country where music was banned for years under the  austere Taliban regime, the festival is a daring venture which has been  publicized largely by word of mouth, and the date has been kept  deliberately vague. Messages revealing the time and venue will go out to  music fans only on the morning of the event.     REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

    kaliem:

    A group of Afghan youth pose for photos during Sound Central, a one-day “stealth festival” in Kabul October 1, 2011. Sound Central, the one-day “stealth festival” that organisers hope will draw 1,000 to 2,000 young Afghans, is the first music festival the country has seen since it plunged into three decades of violence in the late 1970s. In a country where music was banned for years under the austere Taliban regime, the festival is a daring venture which has been publicized largely by word of mouth, and the date has been kept deliberately vague. Messages revealing the time and venue will go out to music fans only on the morning of the event. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

    — 2 years ago with 12 notes
    #Afghanistan  #Afghan youth  #photojournalism  #music  #festival 

    The Haiti Lab Presents: Erol Josue from Green Media on Vimeo.

    tirebouchon:

    Erol Josué

    Erol Josué was born into the Vodou tradition and initiated at 17 years of age as a Houngan (Vodou priest). His natural talents and abilities as a singer and dancer were first realized within the religion hence the Vodou repertory that he draws a lot of his inspiration. Erol is also a prolific song writer among other things.

    http://www.myspace.com/princeofhaitianrootsmusic

    Wow, what a voice! So powerful.

    — 2 years ago with 37 notes
    #vodou  #erol josué  #haiti  #music  #houngan  #mito