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Aryana Sayed, Qais Ulfat win at DAF BAMA Music Awards 2017

The diva of Afghan music industry, Aryana Sayed, and the Shahzada (Dari word for prince), Qais Ulfat, won awards at the DAF BAMA Music Awards 2017 which was held in Hamburg, Germany on November 17th. Aryana Sayed received the Afghan

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12th edition of Afghan Star was groundbreaking

The entire Afghanistan sat to watch the grand finale of the 12th edition of Afghan Star–Afghanistan’s “pop idol”–on Nawruz. This year’s Afghan Star edition stood out the most. For the first time in the history of the show a female

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Ahmad Sarmast, the savior of Afghan music

Ahmad Naser Sarmast, a renowned musician, is the founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM). Dr. Sarmast is alumni of Monash University, Australia, and the first native of Afghanistan to obtain a PhD in Music. Dr.

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Story of a Rubab maker from Afghanistan

Two brothers, getting on in years, make rubabs, a traditional Afghan stringed instrument. They learned the craft from their father and are passing it on to their sons. It is a labour-intensive work. It takes a month to carve each

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Ahmad Zahir- Icon of Afghan Music and the heartthrob of many!

Born on 14 June 1946, Ahmad Zahir was a singer, songwriter and composer from Laghman province, Afghanistan. He was considered the Elvis Preseley of Afghanistan for his similar style of music i.e. rock and pop. Ahmad Zahir’s father, Abdul Zahir,

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Afghan radio station Arman FM celebrates its 10th anniversary

Afghanistan’s first private radio station Arman FM celebrates its 10th anniversary this week. Established in 2003, Arman FM revolutionized media in Afghanistan. Today, it is one of the most popular radio stations and has continued to dominate Kabul’s airwaves. It

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Music making comeback in Afghanistan

Arab News-Music that Afghans were made to stay away from or risk being targeted by the Taliban militants are once again ringing loud. That trepidation no longer exists as strongly as it once was. This privilege, which was very much

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Afghan piano students win 3rd prize in an international competition

Two students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) finished third in their age category at an international piano competition held in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this week. This is the first time that any Afghan piano student participated in

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Afghanistan’s Traditional Dance-Attan

Attan is a traditional Afghan dance; It’s origin lies in the Afghan Pashtoon tribes pagan yester-years and usually involved men performing a ritual dance. This was later modified into a Muslim dance of soldiers to allow the dancers to get

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Afghanistan's Traditional Dance-Attan

Attan is a traditional Afghan dance; It’s origin lies in the Afghan Pashtoon tribes pagan yester-years and usually involved men performing a ritual dance. This was later modified into a Muslim dance of soldiers to allow the dancers to get

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