SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Film: ‘Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Afghanistan’

Dr Razia Sultanova, Director of the Centre for Central Asian music at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge.

Date: 3 December 2013Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 3 December 2013Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G52

Type of Event: Film

In today's world Afghanistan is a hotspot, where for the last thirty years the ongoing war has thrown the country into a deep economic, social and cultural crisis. Since the 1970s the country has lived through a number of invasions and conflicts with various opponents - the Soviets, Mujahedin, Taliban and the Western Alliance, all of which have brought chaos and turmoil into the daily life of its people. The Afghan society is multiethnic in its nature. The aim of this 35 minutes film, based on Dr Sultanova’s original video recordings from Northern Afghanistan, is to demonstrate the authenticity as well as the historical development of the phenomenon of music within the Uzbek communities, featuring famous musicians like Usto Kamollitdin, Tadj Muhammad, Sabzigul and others.

Organiser: Nick Gray

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