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.