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Zohra - Afghanistan’s First Female Orchestra in Berlin

"Zohra" is an ensemble of 30 young Afghani musicians aged 13 to 20 and the first one in their country. They play Beethoven on the rabab and sitar, they play classical Afghan works on the cello and clarinet.

Taliban have banned public performances by female musicians but nevertheless, "Zohra" come to Berlin this Sunday, 29th of January 2017, for a unique performance at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin. The performances will be conducted by Zarifa Adiba and Negin Khpolwak, Afghanistan’s first female conductors.

“With exceptional courage and dedication these young women are breaking new ground and have become important role models for any Afghan welcoming the return of music and the rights to exercise and take part in cultural life.” The Freemuse Award motivation

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photo credits: AFP photo, Fabrice Coffrini

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