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Female Afghan Burqa Band Breaks Barriers

“You give me all your love, you give me all your kisses, and then you touch my burqa, and don’t know who it is...” Blue Burqa Band

Blue Burqa Band of Afghanistan

(KABUL, Afghanistan) - Music was banned in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Lingering attitudes from that era keep life dangerous for women there, but some are rising out of silence with a song that makes fun of the burqa, a garment worn by women in Afghanistan that covers all of their body and face.

An all-girl underground rock band from Afghanistan gaining popularity in Europe is fast becoming known for a song called Blue Burqa.

The Burqa Band has even performed at a concert in Germany, but the members remain totally unknown, and exposure could have the harshest consequences for their brazen attempt to raise awareness about the burqa.

VideoOne article referred to the female trio as three blue ghosts. The video shows them in a makeshift studio in Kabul, and on the streets where all women appear virtually the same.

The lyrics poke fun at the oppressive society that still holds the upper hand in Afghanistan.

“You give me all your love, you give me all your kisses, and then you touch my burqa, and don’t know who it is...”

The lead singer's distinct accent is interesting, and authentic. It belongs to a 25-year old interpreter who again, remains anonymous for her own safety. Singing with the other two girls who comprise the group, their sound is like some remote cousin to an 80's Bananarama song.

The video shows women on the streets of Kabul. It is an area that I recently visited, and it is refreshing to see women there reaching out through this song and video to a worldwide audience.

Watch the video below...

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anonymous March 5, 2007 1:13 am (Pacific time)

Blue Burqa Band of Afghanistan Marvelous

anonymous February 26, 2007 12:44 pm (Pacific time)

Rock on Sisters!

Osotan; February 25, 2007 12:31 am (Pacific time)

couldn't get past first two minutes video wise but enough to hear the "Burqa Blues"! Another good one Sgt!.,though I can't see them and Tina Turner on the same billing!.., or maybe I can?.,hmm.,I'll work on it. Your "Old Ironsides Pesh-Valley Inn" could have a music shop too! and "The Burqa Babes" can do weekend gigs in the Bunker Bar and Chai room, like we talked about before. Maybe James Brown and Raymo's Golden Casket Review every now and then. Well?

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