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Heart of Afghanistan

The Heart of Afghanistan features four brilliant Afghan musicians: famed singer and Afghan TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals & harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tabla. Unable to perform inside Afghanistan today, where the Taliban has banned all music, the group carries the flame of Afghanistan’s rich and complex musical heritage, from its pre-Islamic Buddhist period to the modern era.

Included in the program will be traditional ghazals based on the Sufi-inspired poetry of Rumi (who was born in Afghanistan), Afghan folk music, and the iconic hits of legendary singer Ahmad Zahir, of the 60s and 70s and still wildly popular today. Only recently reunited in the U.S., the ensemble will give a 360-degree view of Afghan culture through music, poetry, art and cultural heritage.

Themes

  • In America, most of the mainstream discussion of Afghanistan has been in the context of war and conflict. However, this concert offers an opportunity to engage in a different way: music and poetry. How might art show different aspects of a culture than what we hear in the news?
  • These artists are currently unable to play music in their home country, so they perform elsewhere. This is, perhaps, a way for them to continue to preserve and celebrate their culture. What are other ways people might preserve and celebrate their cultures?
This performance is suitable for all ages.

Tuesday, September 27 2022 at 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

In partnership with

Cedar Cultural Center

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Additional Information

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Heart of Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 27 2022 at 7:30 pm

Cedar Cultural Center

416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

In partnership with

Cedar Cultural Center

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

The Heart of Afghanistan features four brilliant Afghan musicians: famed singer and Afghan TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals & harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tabla. Unable to perform inside Afghanistan today, where the Taliban has banned all music, the group carries the flame of Afghanistan’s rich and complex musical heritage, from its pre-Islamic Buddhist period to the modern era.

Included in the program will be traditional ghazals based on the Sufi-inspired poetry of Rumi (who was born in Afghanistan), Afghan folk music, and the iconic hits of legendary singer Ahmad Zahir, of the 60s and 70s and still wildly popular today. Only recently reunited in the U.S., the ensemble will give a 360-degree view of Afghan culture through music, poetry, art and cultural heritage.

Themes

  • In America, most of the mainstream discussion of Afghanistan has been in the context of war and conflict. However, this concert offers an opportunity to engage in a different way: music and poetry. How might art show different aspects of a culture than what we hear in the news?
  • These artists are currently unable to play music in their home country, so they perform elsewhere. This is, perhaps, a way for them to continue to preserve and celebrate their culture. What are other ways people might preserve and celebrate their cultures?
This performance is suitable for all ages.

Additional Information

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