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Dying for Music in Pakistan’s Frontier Province

Sufi Music Goes Underground in Pakistans Frontier Province

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Download  This music is called Qawwali.

It is the devotional music of the Sufi Muslims.

Qawwali is a vibrant musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years.

It is mainly performed at Sufi shrines throughout the subcontinent including in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

But in recent years music programs have been cancelled, CD stores and venues bombed by Pakistan Taliban militants who claim such events violate Islamic law.

As Mudassar Shah reports the situation has forced the Qawwali events underground.

On the day he attended one such event in Peshawar a CD shop was blown up just three hundred meters away.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 April 2010 10:28 )
 

Keeping Rabab Music Live in Pakistan’s Tribal Regions

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Dabgaree Garden area in Peshawar, in North-west Pakistan was once a famous area where musicians and singers performed.

But after a wave of suicide bombings and attacks from the Taliban in Peshawar, music shops and performance spaces have been transformed into chemists.

Most of the shops that sold the traditional string instrument Rabab have closed.

Mudassar Shah visits the remaining shops to meet the characters too in love with their Rababs to give them up.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 March 2010 09:59 )
 

Let Your Beard Down in Dubai

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Music is an integral part of the culture of the Pahstun people living in the Tribal regions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

But in recent years music programs have been cancelled, musicians killed and venues bombed by Pakistan Taliban militants who claim such events violate Islamic law.

Performers who could afford it have left the country and as Mudassar Shah reports they are performing for other Pakistani expats in Dubai.

He attended one of the concerts for Asia Calling.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 March 2010 11:48 )
 

Dying for Music in Pakistan’s Frontier Province

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Fear of suicide bombings and attacks by the Pakistani Taliban is turning Peshawar into a solemn town.

People avoid going to parks and large gatherings in the capital of the North West Frontier Province.

All forms of entertainment have been stopped including wedding singers.

Singer assemblies were a key part of traditional weddings but fear of militant attacks is stopping people from inviting them.

As Mudassar Shah in Peshawar finds out this means the Wedding Singers are turning to the street to survive.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 February 2010 11:27 )
 

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