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The Rough Guide to the Music of Afghanistan [Digipak]
0. DISC 1:
1. Zim Zim Zim - Setara Hussainzada
2. Gar Konad Saheb-E-Man - Mahwash
3. Ba Ayadat Beya - Ghulam Hussain
4. Leili-Jan - Ahmad Zahir
5. Meena Dakhklo Sanga Kaygi - Naghma
6. Salaamalek - Farhad Darya
7. Dobaiti Hazaragi - Safdar Tawakuli
8. Logari Tunes - Mashinai (previously unreleased)
9. Jm-E Nrenji - Azim Hassanpur/Gada Mohammad/Ustad Rahim Khushnawaz
10. Mola Mamad Djan - Mahwash
11. Kataghani - Homayun Sakhi
12. Dar Khyal-E Ishq-E Khuban - Mehri Maftun
13. Salaam Afghanistan - Farhad Darya
14. Sabza Ba Naaz Mea Ayad - Rafi Naabzada/Hameed Sakhizada
15. Rae Maykhana O Masjid - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group (previously unreleased)
16. [CD-ROM Track]
0. DISC 2: AHMAD SHAM SUFI QAWWALI GROUP:
1. Rae Maykhana O Masjid [The Way to the Mosque and the Winehouse] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
2. Zikre Tu Chee Shireen Ast [Your Prayer Is So Sweet!] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
3. Mar Dar Do Jahan [I'm In Two Worlds] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
4. Sare Bueredae Ma Ra [My Decapitated Head] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
5. Choon Nai Ba Nawa Amad [Since The Reed Began To Sing] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
6. Beshnaw Az Nai Choon Hekayat Mekonad [Listen To This Reed Forlorn] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
7. Ay Sholae Hazeen [Oh Desolate Flame!] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
8. Dunya Kisa Ke Pyar Main [The Earth is the Place of My Love] - Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1237
Translators: Sandra Alayn-Stanton; Irne Rognier.
Afghanistan has barely been out of the news for years, it seems, and during the rule of the Taliban, from 1996-2001, music was banned. Since then it has vigorously returned, and this welcome addition to the Rough Guide series gives a strong indication of the variety of sounds available there, including some that predate many of the troubles. There are several examples of the national instrument, the plucked rubab, and more from the short-necked lute called the dambura. They're all vastly different and quite lovely, giving a sense of true variety. Equally informative are the female singers, like Naghma and Mahwash, a Sufi singer who's highly regarded in the country. Lest anyone believe that Afghanistan is mired in the past, there are several blasts from the present to liven things up, such as Setara Hussainzada, who won the Afghan version of American Idol. There's also another winner in Rafa Naabzada, whose offering is very generic. But the king of all is Farhad Darya, who's given two tracks, one straight rock recorded with German music (and sung partly in English), while the other is more rooted, but still definitely modern. Afghanistan still has many problems, but it's a place that's flourishing again musically -- and long may that last. ~ Chris Nickson
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