Chan Centre Connects

Sounds of Freedom: The Revival of Music in Afghanistan

Free
Thu November 03 2011 7:30pm
Buchanan A, Room 201

This is a free event. No ticket is required.

Presented by the Chan Centre with support from the UBC Faculty of Arts

Featuring:
Dr. Hiromi Lorraine Sakata, Professor Emirata, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
Fairouz Nishanova, Director of the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Afghan Musicians Homayun Sakhi and Salar Nader
Chaired by Dean of Arts, Dr. Gage Averill

The Taliban’s prohibition of music was severe. Apart from unaccompanied chants, all music was banned during their rule, and instruments were broken and burnt. This oppression was preceded by an era of severe restrictions on music under the Mujahideen, and previous to that, the primary use of music as propaganda for the warring Soviets and Mujahideen. Over the late 20th century, Afghan musicians either escaped their homeland in exile or stayed behind to face persecution.

In contrast, musicians and supporting organizations are now returning to Afghanistan to revitalize its culture and preserve its diverse musical heritage with excitement and determination, despite starting with almost nothing. The rebuilding of music in Afghanistan today is an inspirational story of how music can and should be a celebrated and fundamental part of society. This panel discussion will look at the recent history of music in Afghanistan and the current efforts inside and outside of the country to bring music back to its people.

Free
Thu November 3 2011 7:30pm
Buchanan A, Room 201

This is a free event. No ticket is required.