Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 22, 2017 Sayed Jamal Mubarez, a rapper from northern Afghanistan who makes a living as a barber, has won the Afghan Star competition. The singing talent show similar to American Idol has been running for 12 years on Tolo TV, offering viewers some relief from daily news of insurgents and
Reuters: An 18-year-old female novice singer and a 23-year old barber-turned-rapper are the unlikely finalists of a televised talent contest providing Afghans a welcome distraction from the daily bloodshed in their country. The two are vying to become the next “Afghan Star.” This year’s season is the most tradition-breaking yet in a deeply conservative country where
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s first and only women’s orchestra, Zohra, has been awarded the Freemuse Award 2017. The orchestra is comprised of a group of students from the National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Kabul. The Afghanistan music industry is currently facing tremendous challenges following years of oppression under the Taliban and decades of war, which has
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 21, 2017 Afghanistan’s first all-girl orchestra performed a concert in front of world leaders at the closing of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 20. The group of 30 musicians aged 13 to 20, known as Zohra, performed parts of Beethoven’s 9th symphony as well as popular
AFP: In the face of death threats and accusations that they are dishonouring their families by daring to perform, the women of Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra are charting a new destiny for themselves through music. The group is set to be catapulted onto the world stage with a performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
ANI: Panel discussion, film screening and Sufi music marked the 32nd SAARCCharter day which was observed in the South Asian University. Renowned filmmakers like Rahul Roy and Prasanna Vithanage from Sri Lanka were present during the panel discussion on “Cinema and Society in South Asia”. Afghanistan being a very strategic part of South Asia, the cinema
Khaama Press: An Afghan actress has won the Award for the best performance by an actress in Marrakech International Film Festival, it has been reported. The award was given to Fereshteh Hosseini during the 16thMarrakech International Film Festival on Saturday. Directed by Navid Mahmoudi, the film is based on the story of two young Afghans, Fereshteh (played by
The Guardian (UK): Life has not been easy for Paradise Sorouri. In the past seven years, the 27-year-old has been forced to flee her country twice, received more death threats than she can count, and was brutally beaten by 10 men on the street and left to die. Her crime? She covers her head with
Khaama Press: The famous Indian film star Sanjaty Dutt’s next film will be about Afghanistan to focus on the use of children in suicide attacks. Sanjay Dutt is due to shoot for the movie by signing the contract of the film six months after he was released from the jail. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: In a bid to feed their families, about 10 struggling actors from Balkh province have recently been forced to leave the movie industry and start up businesses of their own. Hamayoun Bahar, a 45-year-old actor, who has worked in the industry for 12 years, said that due to poverty and the lack of support by