Taliban shoots dead folk singer after announcing public music ban in Afghanistan


According to local reports, the Taliban executed a famous folk singer in an Afghan village after authorities announced a ban on playing music in public.

Famous folk singer Fawad Andarabi was killed in the village of Andarab in Afghanistan, north of Kabul, an area where some of the population has refused to control the Taliban. Associated Press reported..

Andarabi played the bowed string instrument Gicak and sang traditional songs about his hometown, people, and country. He was said to have been dragged out of the village house before being shot dead by the group.

His son, Javad, told AP that the singer was “shot in the head for no reason” on his family’s farm shortly after the Taliban searched for his home and had a cup of tea with him.

“He was an innocent singer who was just entertaining people,” said Javad. “They shot his head on the farm.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his group would investigate the shooting, but provided no further information.

Former Minister of Interior of Afghanistan after Andarabi’s death Masoud Andarabi wrote on Twitter: “The Taliban’s atrocities continue in Andarab. Today, they brutally killed the folk singer Fawad Andarabi, who was merely bringing joy to the valley and its people.”

Meanwhile, the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Benoune wrote on Twitter, “As a UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on Artistic Freedom, expresses serious concern about the report of the horrific killing of singer Fawad Andarabi.

“We call on the government to demand the Taliban to respect the human rights of artists. We have the government escaped from Afghanistan, granted visas without delay, allowed safe passage and asylum. We repeatedly seek to find safe and effective ways for artists and cultural workers who need to do so in order to be able to continue working inside. “

The murder was suspected a few days after the Taliban said it wanted to ban public music performances in Afghanistan.

The Mujahideen told The New York Times Wednesday that “music is banned in Islam,” but the group “wants to be able to convince people not to do that, rather than pressure them.” I have. “

Under the previous period of reign, the Taliban banned all music except some religious chanting, and having fun was punished by death, The Guardian reported in 2001.

The organization destroyed all cassette tapes, banned CDs, musical instruments, and songs, but even outlawed the captured songbirds commonly found on the market.

Catabella Roberts