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The Rough Guide To the Music of Afghanistan

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Afghanistan has barely been out of the news for years, it seems, and during the rule of the Taliban, from 1996-2001, music was banned. Since then it has vigorously returned, and this welcome addition to the Rough Guide series gives a strong indication of the variety of sounds available there, including some that predate many of the troubles. There are several examples of the national instrument, the plucked rubab, and more from the short-necked lute called the dambura. They're all vastly different and quite lovely, giving a sense of true variety. Equally informative are the female singers, like Naghma and Mahwash, a Sufi singer who's highly regarded in the country. Lest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Afghanistan has barely been out of the news for years, it seems, and during the rule of the Taliban, from 1996-2001, music was banned. Since then it has vigorously returned, and this welcome addition to the Rough Guide series gives a strong indication of the variety of sounds available there, including some that predate many of the troubles. There are several examples of the national instrument, the plucked rubab, and more from the short-necked lute called the dambura. They're all vastly different and quite lovely, giving a sense of true variety. Equally informative are the female singers, like Naghma and Mahwash, a Sufi singer who's highly regarded in the country. Lest anyone believe that Afghanistan is mired in the past, there are several blasts from the present to liven things up, such as Setara Hussainzada, who won the Afghan version of American Idol. There's also another winner in Rafa Naabzada, whose offering is very generic. But the king of all is Farhad Darya, who's given two tracks, one straight rock recorded with German music and sung partly in English, while the other is more rooted, but still definitely modern. Afghanistan still has many problems, but it's a place that's flourishing again musically -- and long may that last.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633123722
  • Catalog Number: 331237
  • Sales rank: 269,224

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zim Zim Zim - Setara Hussainzada (1:38)
  2. 2 Gar Konad Saheb-E-Man - Mahwash (5:23)
  3. 3 Ba Ayadat Beya - Ghulam Hussain (5:21)
  4. 4 Leili-Jan - Ahmad Zahir (3:28)
  5. 5 Meena Dakhklo Sanga Kaygi - Naghma (5:07)
  6. 6 Salaamalek - Farhad Darya (4:50)
  7. 7 Dobaiti Hazaragi - Safdar Tawakuli (2:46)
  8. 8 Logari Tunes - Mashinai (4:09)
  9. 9 Jâm-E Nârenji - Ustad Rahim Khushnawaz (3:54)
  10. 10 Mola Mamad Djan - Mahwash (4:31)
  11. 11 Kataghani - Homayun Sakhi (3:58)
  12. 12 Dar Khyal-E Ishq-E Khuban - Mehri Maftun (3:41)
  13. 13 Salaam Afghanistan - Farhad Darya (4:26)
  14. 14 Sabza Ba Naaz Mea Ayad - Rafi Naabzada (3:17)
  15. 15 Rae Maykhana O Masjid - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (6:40)
  16. 16 [CD-ROM Track]
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rae Maykhana O Masjid - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (8:03)
  2. 2 Zikre Tu Chee Shireen Ast - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (6:43)
  3. 3 Mar Dar Do Jahan - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (5:41)
  4. 4 Sare Bueredae Ma Ra - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (7:38)
  5. 5 Choon Nai Ba Nawa Amad - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (5:05)
  6. 6 Beshnaw Az Nai Choon Hekayat Mekonad - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (5:07)
  7. 7 Ay Sholae Hazeen - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (6:21)
  8. 8 Dunya Kisa Ke Pyar Main - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (5:08)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Sandra Alayon-Stanton translation
Simon Broughton Sleeve Notes
Traditional Composer
Khaled Arman Arranger
Ustad Sarahang Composer
Farhad Darya Composer
Laurence Cedar Mastering
Irène Rognier translation
Mehri Maftun Arranger
Zia Mohammad Arranger
Mir Ahmad Sham Arranger
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