January 7, 2008

80 Bands Around the World: Afghanistan

Most people are familiar with Afghanistan nowadays, with the rise of the Taliban during the 1990s and the invasion by US forces in 2001, people have seen the country as an extremely violent place in the world. Readers of the book The Kite Runner, will also know of the country.

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There is a music culture there though, with some really interesting sounds, here, especially with this artist.

The musician that I found with Afghanistan, and the one who'll be starting off this adventure is Ahmad Zahir, one of the biggest names in Afghani music. He was born in in 1946 and died in 1979, breaking into the music scene in the 1960s. He composed music based on traditional poetry, and became well known for his voice. He released a number of albums to widespread fame in the region, and recently, two of his songs were included in the Kite Runner movie soundtrack. He died at the age of 33 under extremely suspect circumstances, and has never had a rival for his fame in the country since.

Yarak-e Ma - Ahmad Zahir