Music on International Arena
colourful and sweet sound of Afghan music deserves more than just
being imprisoned within the boundaries of our city and province.
The talent and shine of this music has even remained hidden from
Afghans themselves not to even bother about the lack of knowledge
of outside world that has the least idea of this colourful rainbow.
true picture of our unique Afghan music is shaped by incomparable
beats and rhythms, different and various scales and styles, different
regional languages and their derivative distinct music and tone
colours, which keep renewing eternally. From the music of Logar
to Dambura (long-necked, plucked bowl lute with two gut or nylon
strings) of Hazarajat - from the wild Gharanai (mountain songs)
of Paktia to Charbaita, Daastaan, Bagatai, Moqaam, Lobe of Mashreqi
(Jalalabad) - from Qursak of Panjsher to Dutar (long-necked, plucked
bowl lute) of Herat - from the groovy and Maida beats of Qataghan
(northern region of Afghanistan) to the heavy beats of Dohl (large
double-headed drum) of Nooristan - from Tanbur (long necked, plucked
lute) of Khurasan to Rabab (short-necked, plucked lute) of Adam
Khan, and from Nai Chopani (Gypsy's reed flute) of limitless deserts
to Sorna (a double-reed aerophone with a conical bore) which in
themselves hold a thousand and one different mosaics.
have almost everything, all we need is to accommodate this part
of our culture in our minds and start propagating it in the proper
channels for further improvement and developments.
do Afghan music audience deviate more towards listening Indian and
Western style than their own music? The fact is that despite uniqueness
and value, the Afghan music is losing the time-sensitivity and the
blood of an existed-alive body. It can't reach today's requirements
any more while every body has been dealing with it only as an ancient
and antique music being heard beyond the history. We are all witness
that the world is moving and changing at a speed of light, and with
this velocity humans are also in a state of constant change, along
with all different aspects of life. Thus whatever is left behind
from this fast convoy, would find it impossible to catch up.
artists need to open new avenues of quality and values depicting
their art. They should also be sensitive to cultural changes and
influences, before it's too late and they have been eliminated from
competition with their regional counterparts. Some of these artists
have adopted different unfriendly ways to harmonize themselves with
the pace of time, which unfortunately has some serious negative
effects on the genuineness of Afghan music.
this dishevelled market, where quality has been seriously disturbed
and competition in tons of different types of music is just increasing,
I have undertaken to uphold and introduce the day's breeze and breath
of Afghan music to the world. I am not only committed To introduce
the folklore and ethnic music of Afghanistan, but also to unveil
the superior and my own inventions of music, with widely acclaimed
standards and qualities, and combination of regional music identities.
Worldwide Charity Tours "I am cold!"
to a recent United Nations report more than one hundred thousand
children will die as a result of hunger, lack of shelter and various
health problems by the end of winter 2002 if the world community
fails to fulfil its commitment of support to Afghanistan.
Farhad Darya, the voice of this long suffered nation, have decided
to contribute all of the proceeds of my "I am Cold!" tours
to Afghan children. Therefore, I have determined to visit a number
of Western countries for a musical tour under the above title. I
have started a very lengthy trip, which began from Cosenza, Northern
Italy and travelled through other European cities to Australia,
returned to United States and looking forward to wrap it up in my
dear Afghanistan land.
tour bears no political logo on it, and has no objective other than
helping the long suffered Afghan children. The funds obtained from
this tour will be granted to internationally recognized and renowned
organization, such as UNICEF, AustCare etc.
far I have been able to successfully complete one program in Italy,
two in Germany, and two in Australia, and the total income from
these programs will be transferred through the above named organizations.
This journey, the helping caravan to Afghan children, continues
and will take approximately 4 months to be complete.
sharing the food of my six-year-old son, Hejran with the hungry
children of my country and would like to deliver the following message
to the world through this caravan of help:
help these children without asking their name, tongue, tribe, colour,
ethnicity, or the addresses of these young beings."
The Nation Without Music and the
to the oppression of musical arts in Afghanistan, the world community
has started calling Afghanistan the nation without music, beat,
and love. Recently, The Time Magazine published an article on 10.09.01
under the title of "Rhythmless Nation" written by Nadia
Labi, and BBC's Farsi News Radio also broadcast a program called
"Revitalizing Music in Afghanistan" on January 1st 2002.
In this program, a gentleman by the name of Mr. Ali Sina unknowingly
and without any thought forwarded an article highlighting "today
the domain of Afghan music seems scanty and full of sorrow."
part of this dilemma is a result of the deliberate ignorance and
lack of interest by our intelligent, involved bodies and media organizations.
The Afghan media cared less enough to expose the alert musical and
hope offering Afghan entity to the general public. Although inside
the country music suffered extensive suffocation, fortunately the
bloody hands of these oppressors fell short to damage or sabotage
this cultural tool, which developed and improved abroad.
the fact that the music community has been one of the most active,
effective and productive sections of our injured Afghan culture
in the two last decades, it received less attention from our intellectuals
and the media societies to reflect its image to the greater world.
this lack of admiration? Let me shed some light and emphasise on
bright and educated class of Afghans who mostly controls media and
public opinion exposure, never seriously counted Afghan music and
musicians in the pages of history. From my understanding, during
the past 6 years, no other face of society has been harmed as much
as music and musicians, and every other subject has at least been
given a spot in society, whereas music has been completely eliminated.
In spite of all the calamities it faced, music proved once again
that it could be on of the best hopes. No other voice louder and
effective than music could be deployed in the wounded alleys of
those hard working musicians deserve this lack of admiration and
encouragement? The strange and amazing fact is that the general
population has never looked at music this way. Our people have always
risked their lives just to hear a song of their trusted and favoured
musician. In the contrary the Afghan intellectuals have always given
music less importance and concentration. This view put music in
the priority of "sixth finger", which is an Afghan saying
for least important.
is outrageous! Isn't this time to adjust and fine-tune our standards
along with a new life, based on honesty, consciousness, and new
brevity is that of our intellectual, somehow knowledgeable class
who didn't intend to say a word about this dilemma. Improving and
spreading music has been the responsibility of those dedicated to
this art. Therefore, lets agree that our educated and literate class
has been less generous in respect to Afghan music and musicians.
the Western world is lacking knowledge about our musical heritages
and existence, it is not their immediate mistake. It is due to our
own laziness to expose our musical face through available channels.
This is also true that we as the greater music holders could have
done better, but which other group was able to provide tranquility
and hope as effective and productive as musicians did in the past
Best Afghan Singer of the Year
"I am truly grateful to this generosity"
I could ever become an ocean, and my every single wave would be
thanking you generous people who have selected me as the best and
most wanted servant and "Best Artist of 2001", I will
never be able to pay back in a tiny amount compared to the love
and support that I have received.
is not the first time that you have been extra kind to offer me
this title, as the same title was granted to me in 1990 back home
as well, for which I can't find the words to thank all of you. In
exchange to this love and support of yours I commit that I will
always try to be the true and honest voice of your agony and ecstasy.
My tunes will be the holder of your love, and my voice will remain
the house of your love and a guard for your history and evergreen