July 7, 2010 Leave a comment
Look out Austin, you might have an usurper to your “Live Music Capital of the World” throne in the form of Kabul, yep, that Kabul.
At least judging by the enthusiasm and moxie of bands such as “Kabul Dreams”. Check out their YouTube page here unless you think the Taliban’s ideology is just peachy keen.
They are profiled in the following story,
We’re the Tali-band! Afghan rockers challenge hardliners to a duel… with electric guitars
Bands such as this would have been jailed under Taliban rule, no doubt for using corrupt Western practices to pollute their religious utopia. In fact, when the Taliban were in power,
Playing musical instruments was banned. Singing was allowed, but only songs praising Allah or the Taliban.
Gee, that sounds like a lot of churches here in the States, not to mention universities, looking at you Bob Jones. Same tune, different key.
As for the music that is making the rounds in Afghanistan,
Rock music has made inroads since the fall of the Taliban. A smattering of music shops sell pirated CDs of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and other bands. Indian and Pakistani groups also are popular among the youth.
What? No one’s thought of slipping The (now disbanded) Afghan Whigs in to the mix? Or at least Mr. Mister (below)
[Photo Credit: Tonymix’s Blog]