Afghan Teenager Braves Threats To Lead Women’s Orchestra

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL, April 19 – Like many teenagers, 19-year-old Negin Khpalwak from Kunar in eastern Afghanistan loves music, but few people of her age have battled as fiercely to pursue their passion in the face of family hostility and threats. Playing instruments was banned outright during the period of Taliban rule in Afghanistan,

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Palestine: Tuning In

Musicians defy Israeli roadblocks to spread music By Maher Abu Khater NEAR THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN town of Ramallah, the Naseeb Shaheen Auditorium in Birzeit University was bustling with life this month. The loud applause from hundreds of music lovers could be heard from outside the concert hall. They had gathered to cheer on world-class conductor

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