AFGHAN MINISTER TO ATTEND LAUNCH OF UNESCO CD “AFGHANISTAN – WOMEN MUSICIANS OF HERAT”Paris - UNESCO will launch a CD of music by Afghan women musicians on February 28 at a reception for visiting Afghan Information and Culture Minister Raheen Makhdom. “Afghanistan – Women Musicians of Herat,” is the latest in the UNESCO Traditional Music of the World collection.
It comprises recordings made between 1973 and 1977 by ethno-musicologist Veronica Doubleday and gives an idea of the music played by women and girls in their homes before the outbreak of the war which has so seriously threatened Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. Produced by the French music label Naïve, it will be available on March 12. In 1996, UNESCO issued an album of music by Afghan men, called “Afghanistan – The Traditional Music of Herat,” recorded by John Baily and part of the same collection.
The CD will be previewed at the reception given by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura for Raheen Makhdom, whom he met recently in Kabul. The minister is visiting France with the President of Afghanistan’s Interim Authority, Hamid Karzaï.
A performance of traditional music will also be given by a group of Afghan musicians living in Europe. They are: Sapida (voice and harmonium), Omed Norri (tabla) Abdul Wahab Madadi (voice), Ghulam Mohammed Attaie (rubâb) and Ghulam Mohammed Nedjrabi (zirbaghali). Veronica Doubleday and John Baily will also be present.
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