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Persian and Pashtun Poetics

The music of Afghanistan comprises many varieties of classical musicfolk music, and modern popular music. Afghanistan has a rich musical heritage[1] and features a mix of Persian melodiesIndian compositional principles, and sounds from ethnic groups such as the PashtunsTajiks and Hazaras. Instruments used range from Indian tablas to long-necked lutes. Afghanistan's classical music is closely related to Hindustani classical music while sourcing much of its lyrics directly from classical Persian poetry such as Mawlana Balkhi (Rumi) and the Iranian tradition indigenous to central Asia. Lyrics throughout most of Afghanistan are typically in Dari (Persian) and Pashto. The multi-ethnic city of Kabul has long been the regional cultural capital, but outsiders have tended to focus on the city of Herat, which is home to traditions more closely related to Iranian music than in the rest of the country

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Qais Essar



Eman Hashimi


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