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From Dunbura to Guitar: The Diaspora of Afghan Musicians

From Dunbura to Guitar: The Diaspora of Afghan Musicians (Paperback)

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From Dunbura to Guitar, The Diaspora of Afghan Musicians. A rich resource for those interested in the history, organology and social context of Afghan music. In this book Nasruddin Saljuqi conceptualises geographically dispersed Afghan musicians as one community, one diaspora, whilst articulating the nuances and differences in musical performance from country to country. The mass exodus from Afghanistan since 1978 has resulted in a situation whereby the majority of Afghan musical creativity occurs outside the boundaries of the homeland. This has transformed musical performance in many ways, most noticeably the use of western instrumentation and genres. Musical dissemination and pedagogy is also in flux, for example, keyboard players record close ups of their hands whilst playing popular tunes and subsequently upload the material onto video hosting sites as a teaching tool for their family and friends who may be living in Herat, Hamburg, Kabul or California. This book is one of the first to examine musical activity among the Afghan diaspora (see also John Bailey's publications: 2010, 2011).

It sheds light on the perseverance of the musician, the malleability of artistic expression and its suitability as a mode of identity construction. The publication benefits from the author's biography as an Afghan migrant and cultural studies graduate. Furthermore, his recent ethno- graphic research within Afghanistan, for example, with Sayed Ahmad Shah Mododi Chishti, the leader of Kashaneh Chishtia in Herat city, gives the reader insight to cultural knowledge that is as important as it is scarce. In addition to detailed discussion and debate about the musical traditions of Afghanistan, The Diaspora of Afghan Musicians is enriched with themes of identity, political contestation, and migration. Tackling broader ethno- musicological questions, this monograph is about why Afghan musicians continue to play music, how they change it, and why that matters in the first place.

Music & DanceSheet Music Publisher: Choice Publishing Publication Date: 21/02/2014 ISBN-13: 9781909154483  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Nasruddin Saljuqi was born in Herat, Afghanistan in 1956. After completing his degree in literature at Kabul University, he worked in the Ministry of Telecommunication as a planning director. In 1989, he left Afghanistan because of war conflicts and went to Iran, where he taught for a year in an Afghan refugee school before being drafted into the administrative section of the Afghan General Consulate in Mashhad. He worked there for several years before relocating to Ireland with his family on a UNHCR programme in November 2000. On his arrival in Ireland, Saljuqi helped to establish a cultural community with other Afghans living in the country. He has introduced Afghan culture to Irish society through his organisation of several artistic and cultural events in Dublin and other parts of Ireland, one of which was an Afghan food exhibition. Following his arrival in Ireland, he also compiled a number of artistic books, such as music, caligraphy and painting. As chairperson of the Afghan Community of Ireland, and a member of the Dublin regional forum of the Ministerial Council on Migrant Integration, Saljuqi is actively involved in supporting Afghan refugees and asylum seekers and has attended many governmental and NGO conferences in Ireland and in other European countries. Saljuqi is the author of a number of artistic books and brochures, which have been published in Afghanistan, Iran and Ireland.

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