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“I’m Willing to Commit the Crime of Music”

Icy silence is all that’s left of Afghanistan’s musical terrain. When the Taliban rose to power in 2021, accounts of immolating instruments and violent oppression of musicians foreshadowed censorship of virtually all forms of self-expression—an intimately harrowing circumstance for Afghan musicians.  The Taliban rule of 1996–2001 was characterized by similarly strict censorship, including a wide […]

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