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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Video: First Rock Festival in Kabul After 35 Years

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Afghans rock at first music festival in three decades

Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock.

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Kabul Rocks... With Music; Afghan Rock Bands Come Together After 35 Years

From MSNBC - October 3, 2011

Adrienne Mong

Morcha started up in 2005 and describes itself as a "blues rock" band.

KABUL — For once, it's not a deadly explosion that's rocking the Afghan capital.

Just a deafening one.

Electric guitars.  Drums.  Bass guitars.

And a whole lot of moshing. 

"I want to welcome you to Hoodie's, the first underground nightclub!"

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Rocking Kabul: Afghanistan Stages Secretive Rock Event

From BBC - Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Festival crowd in Kabul

The event finished in the Central Sound Festival at Bagh-e Babor Gardens

It was arranged in secret, dates and venues closely guarded until the day.

But this basement gig, held underneath a veterinary clinic, isn't in London or New York but in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The event was part of the city's first rock festival since the fall of the Taliban and it went ahead despite threats to some of the bands.

"Four or five years ago all this could only have been a dream," says lead vocalist of District Unknown, Kassim.

"You wouldn't even be able to dream it up actually. Having a rock festival, people gathering, girls and boys together and listening to this music and headbanging. But this week it's happening."

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