Music of Afghanistan

Music of Afghanistan

Various Artists FW04361 / FE 4361

Music of Afghanistan presents songs and dances that feature instruments such as the rubab (lute), saranda (bowed instrument similar to violin and lute), and tabla drums. The liner notes to this 1961 recording describe the rich folklore that is part of Afghanistan’s heritage: in addition to music and dance, oral tradition about legendary heroes and great events. The ten tracks, which were recorded by Radio Kabul, include solos, instrumental duets, and a piece by the Afghan National Orchestra.

Year Released 1961
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1961 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Central Asia; Islamica; World
Country(s) Afghanistan
Subject(s) World music

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101 Rubab Solo Mohammad Omar 5:22
102 Lovers' Meeting Awal Mir 3:59
103 Spring is Here Parwin 5:56
104 Zerbaphali Solo Malang 3:27
105 Lovers' Desire Sar¯ahang 8:18
201 Melody of the Tulips Afghan National Orchestra 2:11
202 Song of the Desert Kheyal 5:32
203 Tall Girls Rebab and Dhol Duet 2:31
204 The Flower is Blooming Parwin 5:57
205 Red Cup of Wine Yaqub Kasimi 5:03
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