Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan


ISBN: 9781839040931
Author: By Waleed Akhtar
Publication Date: 19/05/2022
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 80pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3164 Category: Tag:

‘Today in Afghanistan there are many important issues that we are facing in our country, and I want us to look at some of these issues. So I am asking you, the audience, to help answer a very important question. Britney or Shakira?’

Afghanistan. It’s 2004. Farook and Samia broadcast live every day to the whole of Kabul, delivering ninety minutes of musical bliss: Britney, Backstreet Boys and Enrique Iglesias. But when their show starts to make waves, the two young friends must take on repressive forces to build a new Afghanistan.

Inspired by the true story of Afghanistan’s first youth music programme, Waleed Akhtar’s play Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan explores a world following the US invasion that is complex, contradictory and shocking – all to a soundtrack of early noughties’ pop.

The play premiered at Brixton House, London, in 2022, directed by Anna Himali Howard, before touring the UK. It was presented with HighTide, in association with Mercury Theatre Colchester.

‘A fizzing tribute to bubblegum songs of hope’

‘A cracker… pulses with energy… powerful and compelling… heartbreaking’
The Stage

‘An elegantly written, often very funny, piece that works precisely because it takes a moral position on Afghanistan… underlying every word, there is a raw and admirable fury’
New European

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