Monthly Archives: March 2013
photo courtesy of Banning Eyre
March 2, 2013 – Berkeley, CA – Ustad Farida Mahwash, Afghanistan’s best-loved singer joins internationally renowned Afghan composer/rubâb master Homayoun Sakhi and his ensemble of luminary musicians explore their country’s rich musical heritage in Voices of Afghanistan, a celebration of both the past and future of Afghan music, from the sacred to the secular, and the traditional to the contemporary.
The first woman to be granted the honorific title of Ustad (Maestra), Farida Mahwash is celebrated for her ghazal repertoire and her passionate yet refined, powerful, and haunting voice. After decades of political turmoil, Farida was forced to leave Afghanistan in 1991. She moved to Pakistan where she took refuge from the two warring sides of the time, each of whom warned her to sing for their cause or else face assassination. Her plight was recognized by UNHCR and she was granted political asylum in the United States.
Brilliant and charismatic virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi is the most outstanding and innovative player of Afghanistan’s national instrument, the rubâb, earning global acclaim for his soaring technique, melodic flair, and unparalled style. He leads his Sakhi Ensemble in creating music alive with the sounds of their country’s vibrant musical heritage.
text via Cal Performances: http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/performances/2011-12/world-stage/voices-of-afghanistan.php
Photos courtesy of Banning Eyre.