By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan | January 17, 2019: Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s close resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into a social media star after his debut on a national talent show. He says he’d love to meet his lookalike.
BBC News: A new documentary celebrates Ahmad Zahir, the ‘60s and ‘70s icon who mysteriously died in 1979. Arwa Haider talks to the people making the film, including Zahir’s daughter, about how the singer combined popularity with protest. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA News | October 13, 2018: Afghan women too many times have been seen by some as victims. Victims of domestic violence, cultural limitations, political restrictions and more. Their voices often go unheard, but not in a play produced in Washington called ‘Women of Troy: Voices From Afghanistan.’ It is a story of Afghan women’s bravery
Ayaz Gul VOA News September 22, 2018 ISLAMABAD — The consequences of Afghanistan’s increasingly deadly war are weighing heaviest on the nation’s civilians, with women bearing the brunt of the violence. The Taliban banned music and girls education, and restricted outdoor activities of women when the group was controlling most of Afghanistan. But violence and social
Tolo News: Karim Asir is a Chaplin impersonator who entertains people across the capital in a bid to make them smile. Afghanistan’s Charlie Chaplin says he has witnessed suicide attacks, explosions and threats from hardline Islamic militant groups, but is determined to waddle and bumble to fulfill the primary goal of his life. “It is very simple,
Spiegel: Aryana Sayeed, 33, is the only internationally known pop act in Afghanistan. She is adored by youth — and hunted by the Taliban. / Sayeed: “The extremists play with the sexual frustration of young men. On the streets of Afghanistan, 99 percent of the passersby are men. When a woman in burka walks down the
Tolo News: Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat has won this year’s Interfilm Academy’s One Future Prize at the 36th international Munich Film Festival (Filmfest Munchen) for her movie “A Letter to the President”. The award ceremony was held on Saturday in Munich. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Thousands of music fans cheered their favorite musicians and singers at a music festival in Bamiyan province on Friday. The festival will continue for two days. Organizers of the event said the festival is aimed at strengthening tourism and supporting Afghanistan’s ancient culture. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Afghan singer and musician Aryana Sayeed was on Saturday night honored with an Atlantic Council 2018 Freedom Award at a gala event in Berlin. Aryana, who defied a Taliban fatwa and performed for more than 3,000 people in Kabul last August, dedicated her award to two recent victims of gender violence in Afghanistan and