About the show
Playing tracks by
John Baily, Ustad M. Asif Mahmood and John Harrelson, Malang, Ustad Mohammad Omar and Zakir Hussain, Kheyal, Homayun Sakhi Trio and Kronos Quartet and more.
Music of Afghanistan: Lying high above sea level, the lands and cultures of Central Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent all converge in Afghanistan. But despite the trouble its strategic position has caused throughout its long history, rich musical traditions have evolved and brilliant virtuosos have been nurtured.
In this show we'll hear recordings spanning half a century: from the mystical 'Song of the Desert' sung by Kheyal in 1961; to a Shakal and Naghma performed by Afghan Rubab master Ustad Mohammad Omar and tabla sensation Zakir Hussain in their famous 1974 concert at the University of Washington; to Homayun Sakhi's colourful 'Rangin Kaman' (Rainbow), composed in 2008 for his Trio and the world-renowned Kronos Quartet. There's also a short interview with Ffion, a member of Afghanaid's London team, who talks about the charity's role in rural Afghanistan and their 'Summer of Songs' series of fundraising events.
Image used with kind permission of Meena Saifi