In Afghanistan, Music & Musicians Go Silent As Taliban Takes Over – Special Report

In Afghanistan, Music & Musicians Go Silent As Taliban Takes Over – Special Report
Editor’s note: In Hollie McKay’s latest special report for Deadline, the veteran foreign affairs correspondent and Only Cry for the Living: Memos from Inside the Isis Battlefield author writes from Kabul about the silencing of Afghanistan’s music and musicians as the Taliban consolidates its return to power amidst the U.S. withdrawal.

Hundreds of shining faces, sheathed in sequins and sparkles, filled a majestic wedding hall on Saturday night. Tiny girls through the adults and the elderly danced spiritedly into the early hours of the morning as traditional Afghan music blared through the speakers. The men – always seated in an adjacent hall where the two sides are divided by a wall as per cultural custom – also grooved through the night.

It was beautiful to see Afghans coming back to life for a wedding, a prominent staple of their lives, even amid the trying times of a Taliban takeover.
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