Famous Afghan singer to give concerts in Tajikistan during Navrouz celebrations

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While in Tajikistan, Afghan singer will give concerts in Dushanbe (March 22), Bokhtar (March 23) and Vahdat (March 24).

In a telephone conversation with Asia-Plus, Mehri Maftun said that he is currently in Dushanbe and holding meetings with friends and artistes.

Mehri Maftun Mehri Maftun is an Afghan musician. He was born in Afghan Badakhshan Province in 1962.

He specialized in authentic instruments, principally the dambura (a two string lute), the harmonium and the ghayjak (a two string violin).

Mehri Maftun combines the music styles from the region of Badakhshan (Northern Afghanistan) with each other and mixes musical elements of different ethnic origins of other Central Asian region's as well.

In the West, Maftun is mainly known as an instrumentalist; in Afghanistan he is known as a singer as well.

His texts vary from romantic and humoristic to social critic. Maftun knew to survive in a country where music had been forbidden by the Taliban. He performed in Europe as well, like in 2001 in Arnhem in the Netherlands.

In 2001 he was honored with an international Prince Claus Award "for his musical talents and his role as a culture medium of the traditional music of North Afghanistan."

Source: Asia-Plus