Lesson 4: Afghanistan

This week in music class All Around This World goes on a swing-out to Afghanistan. We’re not going to dwell on the war, or the Taliban, or anything else troubling in the region that understandably dominates the front page news. instead we’re going to celebrate Afghan music and culture and enjoy both as much as we can.


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OVERVIEW: Afghanistan is a mountainous, land-locked Central Asian land with a proud, severl-thousand-year yistory of struggle for independence from foreign influence.

MUSIC: Maybe Afghan music used to be all rubab all the time, but since the ousted Taliban can no longer formally ban popular music, the international Afghan exile community has had a chance to reconnect with musicians still in the the country . . .

LANGUAGE: The two main languagesof Afghanistan are Pashto, the official national language, and Dria, which is very similar to Iranian Farsi and is the accepted language of government and business . . .

IMAGES: Searching just for “Afghanistan” on Flickr.com yields a mix of tourist photos and images of NATO soldiers in uniform in both their “on” and “off” hours . . .

WHEN YOU GO THERE: Chances are you’re not going to Afghanistan with your kids this summer. Still, some day when all the “world events” there become less eventful, Afghanistan is going to be a fascinating place to explore . . .

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