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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Pioneers of Rock

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I was in communication with the correspondent from the Guardian the other day in relation to this article published on the band Kabul Dreams:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/31/kabul-rock-band-afghanistan

and there is a review by someone who obviously never saw them play:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/mar/31/review-afghan-rock-kabul-dreams

After the article was published conversation flourished about the 'first ever Afghan rock band'

In fact Kabul Dreams are the 2nd ever rock band in Afghanistan
first was "the Stars" and was formed in early 70's

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2009/11/
Scroll down to almost the bottom for reference

and they not the only rock band, technically.......
if you want to include metal in that definition then there is another band called District Unknown

But KD are still the best!
posted by Travis, 11:17 pm

5 Comments:

I think the Stars cannot be considered the first rock band per se because they don't have any rock music left behind, and probably did some covers back then, and reverted to Afghan traditional music, and played an album for Ahmad Zahir later. KD on the other hand have original songs and sound purely rock if you go by definition... But a good thing to remind us of the Stars, coz they WERE a good sounding band...
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:35 pm  
I think the Stars cannot be considered the first rock band per se because they don't have any rock music left behind, and probably did some covers back then, and reverted to Afghan traditional music, and played an album for Ahmad Zahir later. KD on the other hand have original songs and sound purely rock if you go by definition... But a good thing to remind us of the Stars, coz they WERE a good sounding band...
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:35 pm  
the debate continues:
i have consulted my sources and have been told that there were other bands besides the stars. [for example the 4 Brothers, who were also known as the 4 Afghan Beatles.] But if the stars have a recording: contained in the link that i provided in the last post, then they can be considered a band. maybe they were not 'classic rock'. But if you want to get technically about music genres, then kabul dreams actually define themselves as indy pop, not rock......
commented by Blogger Travis, 10:39 pm  
commented by Blogger 柯云, 12:46 pm  
commented by Blogger Fangyaya, 2:09 pm  

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