From Dunbura to Guitar

From Dunbura to Guitar : The Diaspora of Afghan Musicians

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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.
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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 22mm
  • Clogherhead, Ireland
  • Photographs throughout
  • 1909154482
  • 9781909154483

Table of contents

Introduction Foreword About the work of the author Preface The History of IVIusic in Afghanistan Ancient Afghan Traditional Music Vocal Music Children's Songs Religious and Mystical music The Cheshtieh Order Basic principles The Cheshtieh Monastery The Qaderia Order Styles of Afghan music The Afghan National Anthem The lyrics of the Afghan National Anthem in English Afghan Weddings and Music The Wedding Ceremony The Universal Origins of the Attan The History of Attan in Afghanistan Different Styles of Attan Musical Instruments - Afghan, Middle Eastern and Indian The Rubab The Dotar The Sitar The Chartar The Tanboor The Danbura The Dohol The Tableh The Nai The Sarehdeh The Ghichak The Dayreh (Tambourine) The Harp (Kafir) The Chang Western Music The Influence of Indian music to the Afghan music: Armed force Brass band: Musical Instruments - Western The Guitar The Clarinet The Trumpet The Bongo (Drum) Drums Jazz Music The Mandolin The Harmonium The Organ The Violin The Afghan Player Musicians Afghan Musicians in the United States Afghan TV Channels in the United States Afghan music in Germany Independence Day Afghan Musicians in the Netherlands Afghan Musicians in Austria Ensemble Afghan Afghan Musicians in the United Kingdom Festival of Afghan culture in the UK BIOGRAPHIES Afghan Musicians in Ireland BIOGRAPHIES Introdction to the music of Afghanistan Afghan Musicians in Denmark BIOGRAPHIES Afghan Musicians in Canada Afghan IVIusicians in Australia BIOGRAPHIES Afghan Musicians in Iran BIOGRAPHIES Wahid Ahmad Delahang Farida Tarana interviewed by Asar Hakim Research about Afghan music Bibliography Author's Biography Other published works by this author
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About Saljuqi Nasruddin

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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