Music tries to show itself stronger than weapons in Afghanistan
The song defies the Taliban’s more conservative beliefs and threats at the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM), an oasis that has changed the lives of needy boys and girls and is restoring traditional Afghan music after decades of suffocation.
Naria was very small when she fell in love with music. His grandfather Wanj, a traditional harper, opened the door and lit the spark of his musical passion.
In 2011 her parents decided to take her out of her small town in the eastern province of Nuristan and send her to Kabul to join ANIM, a unique institute of its kind in Afghanistan’s history.
His admission to ANIM was not only a source of pride in his city, but it also provoked the rejection of many people who consider music a sin.
“The villagers told us that learning music was a sin forbidden by religion and asked me to leave it,” he told Efe Nazira, now 18, who has not since returned to a village where only music is heard and played in the darkness of the night, out of reach of extremists.
The threats of the fundamentalists made their family finally move to Kabul the following year, but what they could not prevent was the young woman growing up as a talented cellist.
Nazira was selected as the first cellist of the institute’s Zohra Orchestra, established in 2016 and the first in the country’s history composed solely of women.
So far, she has performed in 30 countries, including such important venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington.
She and her companions are not the first in their families to learn to play an instrument, but the first in 30 years.
Music has been part of Afghanistan’s cultural wealth for centuries, and in the 1980s dozens of orchestras populated the country, but with the civil war in the 1990s and the Taliban’s coming to power in 1996, it was prescribed.
Taliban extremists were particularly harsh during his five-year rule in the country, punishing anyone who listened to music and even breaking the hands of musicians when they were “caught” playing.
“No one had the right to play, listen to or learn music with the Taliban,” Ahmad Sarmast, now director of ANIM and one of the first to return to the country when the fall of the fundamentalists in 2001 with the invasion of the United States, told Efe.
While the Taliban mentality is strong in the more conservative parts of society, music has brought positive changes to society, and now more families allow their daughters to learn music, even in remote and underdeveloped provinces.
“This is a change for the better,” said Sarmast.
The institute went from having only one girl in 2010 to 75 in 2017, out of a total of 250 students, half of them street children, children of poor families and orphans who before being part of ANIM had a “hard life”, according to Sarmast.
His work was even recognized with the Polar Prize of Music, considered the Nobel of the music, along with the American band Metallica.
“We try to change their lives with music,” said Sarmast, noting that talented students like Nazira will follow the task as teachers.
The Taliban, for their part, do not condone this affront.
In 2014 this insurgent group attacked a theatrical spectacle in which the youth of the orchestra made the music of a play in which a suicide attack was represented in Kabul.
An explosion caused 14 of those present to die and Sarmast himself was seriously injured.
“The explosion made the play a real play,” he said.
But in spite of the attack, not a single family removed its children from the institute.
“That was his response to extremism,” concluded a proud Sarmast.
Usher: Reported for infecting two women with herpes
The singer has been sued for twenty million dollars since he is accused of spreading this ETS to three people, one of them a man.
The singer Usher Ushe has been sued again for herpes infection. Two women and one man have filed complaints against the singer as revealed by People magazine, the judicial problems are complicated to the 38-year-old composer who will have to face several demands for having hidden and spread the venereal disease to several people. One of the plaintiffs, aged 21, claimed the musician about 20 million for this fact.
It is clear that Usher, a friend of singer Justin Bieber, has made a serious mistake and has to pay for it. Lawyer Lisa Bloom, known for representing Blac Chyna, former partner of Rob Kardashian, is the lawyer responsible for defending the complainants, who have been infected with herpes by the singer after having sex with him.
In recent hours it has been known that two of the accusers prefer to remain anonymous, while a third, Quantasia Sharpton, offered a press conference in which he said he had attended one of his concerts three years ago and have had sex with the musical star. Now he is claiming 20 million dollars for this genital herpes infection. Here you can know much more about this ETS.
Usher: Sex in the concerts
The complainants confessed to having had sex with the coach of La Voz Americana, who for some years has his stepson in brain death because he is a “celebrity in whom they believed they could trust”. Now they suffer from stress, depression, and anxiety from who knew the contagion.
The lawsuits specify where and when they had sex with the music producer and demand that the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a basketball team, speak publicly about the illness he suffers. So, the best thing in these cases is prevention, and for that, you have to know how to do it, since ETS can ruin your life.
Lady Gaga: Start your tour with a shocking change of image
Lady Gaga has returned to the stage after the break caused by her illness. He has done it in Barcelona, in the first of the two concerts at the Palau Sant Jordi, and he has done it in style. With an intense concert where it has been delivered to an audience, which sold out all the tickets. Mind you, get ready to see a Lady Gaga more changed than ever. A change of image that has impacted its fans.
A few months ago Lady Gaga left with her mouth open to all her fans when she announced that she was postponing her tour because of her fibromyalgia problems. Well, he has returned and he has done it through the front door. Barcelona, the first city of his return, surrendered to the pop star. On this occasion, he drew attention to the soberness of his wardrobe. No makeup or outlandish dresses, we saw a Lady Gaga soberer than ever.
Naked stage, with a long mobile platform that has been filled with dancers as the singer went to glam-rock in A-Yo and took the landmark poker face out of the hat. She started the show like a cowgirl with a glitter hat on Diamond heart, between nostalgic stanzas of when she was “young and wild” and allusions to that rape: “an asshole ruined and ruined my innocence”, which she told a few months ago. make public their problem.
Lady Gaga: Support the LGBT community
Lady Gaga spent so much time singing and talking. “How many members of the LGBT community are there? How many are not? It does not matter, we love everyone. ” And we already know that the artist is a defender of rights.
Gaga, the richest young woman in the world, started in Barcelona the European section of her “Joanne World Tour”, with which she presents her latest album, “Joanne”, entitled in homage to a deceased aunt of his. In October, Gaga announced the reprogramming of the European tour, in which the spectators will be able to listen to their usual songs, but also their fifth studio album, ‘Joanne’, disc that debuted recently at number 1 of the Billboard list , standing as the first female artist to achieve it four times consecutively in this decade.
What do you think of his return? Do you think it was up to the expectations?
Director Bryan Singer is accused of raping a 17-year-old boy
A few days after being fired as director of the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” filmmaker Bryan Singer was sued on Thursday in Washington state on charges of raping a minor in 2003, according to media reports specialized.
The victim, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, accused Singer of raping him on a yacht when he was seventeen. According to his testimony, the director forced the young man to have oral sex on him and then penetrated him.
Later, Singer told the young man that he was a well-known Hollywood producer and that he could help him enter the industry with roles as an actor if he did not reveal what happened.
“He told Caesar that no one would believe if he reported the incident and that he would hire people who could ruin his reputation,” the suit filed in a Seattle court.
The yacht was owned by Lester Waters, a billionaire investor in the world of technology “who often organized gay homosexual parties in the Seattle area,” according to the text.
It’s not the first time Singer has been accused of anything like this.
Three years ago he was accused by Michael Egan III of sexual abuse when he was a minor in 1999.
Egan III stated that she was “repeatedly raped” in a Los Angeles (California) mansion where “sordid parties” were routinely performed in which guests, related to the Hollywood industry, were naked and had sex with teenagers.
The 20th Century Fox studio fired Bryan Singer last Monday for the post of director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a movie about British band Queen.
The decision was made because of the filmmaker’s repeated absences on the set of the film.
Earlier, Fox had announced on the 1st of this month that the recording was temporarily suspended because of an “unexpected problem” of Singer.
A representative of the producer stated that his absence was due to a “personal health issue.”
The director, 52, has signed films such as “The Suspects,” “Superman Returns,” and four of the “X-Men” saga.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is set to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2018.