The Taliban have started executing musicians

The Taliban hate music. They believe that listening to music only distracts people from worshipping God, so it has to be completely eradicated. They did this back in the period they were in charge of Afghanistan (1996-2001) and are doing it again.

First, they censored all the radio stations, forbidding them to play any music. Music was quickly banned in public places. Then they shut down all the music schools. Now they’re killing musicians.

Fawad Andarabi, an Afghan folksinger, was among the first to be executed. At first, he was told he was safe. A few days later, Andarabi was dragged from his home and shot by the same people who promised that things would be okay. And that was after they sat down with him for some tea.

The killing took place in the Andarabi Valley (that’s from where Fawad took his name), which is roughly 90 km north of Kabul. Another report says it happened in the Panjshir Valley. Regardless, he was brutally murdered by the Taliban. No reason has been given.

As for the Taliban, their response has been “What? Wasn’t us. Nope. Is music un-Islamic? Absolutely. So, yeah, maybe.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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