Little Kabul Stories Episode 1, featuring Parvin Harooni, Abdul Tawab Wahab and Layma Murtaza will be aired on Comcast Cable station 28 on November 6th, 2014 at 9.00pm. Tune in to learn more about Bay Area Afghan American community stories!
Malalai Joya, activist, writer and politician, visited Berkeley, CA and spoke at the event “Malalai Joya: A Woman Among Warlords”. Attended by Aisha Wahab, Little Kabul Stories co-director.
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.
Little Kabul Stories needs volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering your time in assisting with interviews, subtitling/translation from Dari to English, event preparation, or research, we would love to meet you. Please contact us at littlekabulstories (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2013
THE CENTER FOR EMPOWERING REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS RECEIVES GRANT AWARD FROM CAL HUMANITIES
(Oakland, California) — Cal Humanities has recently announced the 2013 Community Stories Project grant awardees. The Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants has been awarded $10,000 for its project entitled “Little Kabul: Afghan American Stories.”
Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help us find our commonalities, appreciate our differences, and learn something new about how to live well together.