Tolo News: The 2018 Polar Music Prize has been awarded to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and Dr Ahmad Sarmast, its founder and director, in recognition of how this inspirational organization has used the power of music to transform young people’s lives. The king of Sweden on Thursday night handed over the award to the
The Washington Post: Shabake Khanda, or Laughter Network, the wildly successful Afghan version of Saturday Night Live, is watched by millions once a week, with reruns airing twice more during the week. No one, not powerful politicians, corrupt bureaucrats, even President Ashraf Ghani, is spared its skewering. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Mustafa Hunarjoo, from Balkh province, on Wednesday night scooped this year’s Afghan Start title after beating fellow finalist Mansoor Jalaal in the final round of the annual competition. Click here to read more (external link).
Khaama Press: A group of unknown individuals recently shared a video of [Ibrahim] Abid as he is seen under heavy influence of drugs with the perpetrators claiming that the artist has used alcohol. Social media users have started a widespread hashtag campaign online in support of Abid as they condemn the act. Click here to read
Khaama Press: Directed by Nora Twomey, the animated film (The Breadwinner) depicts the life of a 11-year-old Afghan girl Parvana who lives under the Taliban rule in war-torn Kabul. The film shows the challenges the young girl faces after her father is arrested wrongfully, leaving her and her family without a way to make any money.
Tolo News: Afghan Filmmaker Roya Sadat received an alternative Oscar award by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday for her outstanding film ‘A Letter to the President’. The movie is about the miseries suffered by women in Afghanistan as well as about discrimination and violence against women in the country. Click here to read more
The Quint: News of the actor’s death dominated social media in Afghanistan all day on 25 February, with many reminiscing about the time they saw Sridevi essay the role of an Afghan woman on screen in a 1992 film. Click here to read more (external link). Related Drowning caused Bollywood superstar Sridevi’s death: Dubai police
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 14, 2018 The Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and its founder have won the 2018 Polar Music Prize, a Swedish award, in recognition of “how this inspirational organization has used the power of music to transform young people’s lives.” The award panel said on February 14 that the music
Tolo News: Yunus started his career in the 1980s and is known as one of the founders of folk music in Afghanistan. One of his songs which made him famous during the 1980s in Afghanistan, was titled Bewafawee. Click here to read more (external link).
Gulf News: It is a chilly Friday morning — the Afghan weekend — but Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s “Sultan of Cinema”, has graciously agreed to meet for a chat in his middle-class downtown Kabul neighbourhood. In the face of perpetual threat, the director, producer and actor extraordinaire has carried Afghanistan’s film industry for more than two decades almost