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Kabul Korrespondence

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

A different perspective

Sunday, November 21, 2010

One of my previous photo students has been interviewed about her career. A very interesting window into the life of an Afghan female photographer.

http://citizenreporter.org/2010/10/ctrp353-working-as-a-female-photographer-in-afghanistan/
posted by Travis, 10:47 am | link | 4 comments |

Kabul Dreams Live in Turkey

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Last month we all flew over to Istanbul to film Kabul Dreams playing live at the NATO Youth Forum on Afghanistan.


video




Thanx to Ru and Ellice for help with the shooting
posted by Travis, 8:52 pm | link | 5 comments |

The Afghan Spirit

For Hashmatullah Sarwaree and Ali Ahmad Fazel, hazards aren’t a major concern on the golf course. After all, their club in Kabul was cleared of land mines after the fall of the Taliban regime.

That’s probably why scores that were more than 130 strokes behind the winners in the four-round Asian Games competition weren’t a major concern for the pair from Afghanistan, who finished third-to-last and last on the lush Dragon Lake Golf Course outside of Guangzhou on Saturday.

For 10 hours a day, pretty much every day, Sarwaree drives a taxi on the chaotic streets of Kabul.

That’s only his job, though. His heart belongs to golf.

“I just like golf,” he told The Associated Press. “I want to do it all the time.”

Golf in Afghanistan is a different brand than most people are used to. First off, the greens are made of sand and oil, which actually makes them brown but keeps them from blowing away. And there’s only one course in the whole country.

“It’s totally different here,” Sarwaree said after finishing his fourth round at Guangzhou in his country’s first try at golf in the Asian Games, a regional version of the Olympics that is held once every four years. “It’s so big, and there’s grass!”
posted by Travis, 8:48 pm | link | 10 comments |

Afghanistan's 1st ever METAL ban

They may be young.
They may be a little rough on the edges.
But they have spirit.

Check out District Unknown playing at a local venue in Kabul:

video
posted by Travis, 2:36 pm | link | 7 comments |

Seeds on Radio

My good friend Andrew [aka Seeds] has a new gig on Phuket radio. Check it out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKfwU_vxvv4
posted by Travis, 11:53 am | link | 5 comments |

Mr President

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Combat Communications had a busy time over the election month in Afghanistan. Check it out:



video
posted by Travis, 11:09 pm | link | 8 comments |

Brother's Soundtrack

Saturday, November 06, 2010

My brother has a new band [duo] and they have just completed a soundtrack for a mysterious film,
check it out:
http://vimeo.com/15773530
posted by Travis, 2:10 pm | link | 4 comments |

White City Update


White City has been busy busy busy:

We now have 8 original songs, plus a swathe of covers to keep the 'Kabul crowd' happy.

We have been playing concerts weekly, resulting in our sets getting tighter and tighter.

We are pleased to announce that former member Archie has returned to Kabul and is rejoining the band! [top secret info is that he will be playing with us at our next gig at Latmo]

And lastly our proposed sabbatical tour of the Stans is still on schedule for March 2011
[Yes Jeremy we will tour North America next]

So stayed tuned and if you get to once of our gigs, then get on the dance floor and move!

Travka

video

PS: Nice camera-kick Ruth, my insurance company will be contacting you :-]
posted by Travis, 11:34 am | link | 4 comments |

I was just there 1 week ago

posted by Travis, 11:32 am | link | 7 comments |

Awesome

My sound girl Ellice just released this report from the Kabul Dreams live concert in Istanbul on DW Radio

check it out:

http://www.dw-world.de/popups/popup_single_mediaplayer/0,,6158471_start_0_end_0_type_audio_struct_3176_contentId_6158266,00.html
posted by Travis, 11:32 am | link | 4 comments |

Trogladites

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

"This is the second time in recent weeks a Taliban commander has been found hiding in an oven," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. "Whether they hide in a cave or an oven, we're going to find the enemies of Afghanistan and secure peace for this country."
posted by Travis, 4:14 pm | link | 4 comments |