Posted on 27 June, 2012

It seems like not a week passes without a call from a reporter or documentary making wanting “to do a feature on the Kabul music scene”. There’s been a steady flow of them since the Sound Central festival.
It’s a good story, of course, but it’s funny how often the same four bands (and our friends), White Page, Kabul Dreams, District Unknown and Morcha are interviewed and are each proclaimed - “the first rock band in Afghanistan”. 
Often my band, White City, are interviewed. In fact, I did a TV interview for Reuters the other day. But we’re usually cut - internationals doing music in Afghanistan isn’t such a story. 
This photo feature from Dawn is sprawling, lazy and clumsy. The top line orginally read “In a country where music was silenced in the name of Allah for five years” - they changed it to “religion” after publication. The photos are all agencies as is the text. 
Still, as from my last post, music is a genuine “good news” story from Afghanistan and the bands who make it truly rock. 

It seems like not a week passes without a call from a reporter or documentary making wanting “to do a feature on the Kabul music scene”. There’s been a steady flow of them since the Sound Central festival.

It’s a good story, of course, but it’s funny how often the same four bands (and our friends), White Page, Kabul Dreams, District Unknown and Morcha are interviewed and are each proclaimed - “the first rock band in Afghanistan”. 

Often my band, White City, are interviewed. In fact, I did a TV interview for Reuters the other day. But we’re usually cut - internationals doing music in Afghanistan isn’t such a story. 

This photo feature from Dawn is sprawling, lazy and clumsy. The top line orginally read “In a country where music was silenced in the name of Allah for five years” - they changed it to “religion” after publication. The photos are all agencies as is the text. 

Still, as from my last post, music is a genuine “good news” story from Afghanistan and the bands who make it truly rock. 

And here’s the story the Dawn feature was pulled from. Much better stuff from our mate, Elissa Bogos for AFP.