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Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Call for preserving Afghan music

A new report on the censorship of music in Afghanistan says that the continuation of the country's rich musical traditions is under threat.

The report, published by Freemuse, an international group advocating freedom of expression for musicians, says that in the past, Afghan music was an integral part of many rites, such as births and marriages.

But it says that ever-increasing levels of censorship from 1978 to the present Taleban leadership -- under which all music apart from religious or pro-Taleban songs is banned -- has brought the survival of Afghan music into question. The report calls for proper documentation of Afghan music, economic support for Afghan musicians and the makers of traditional Afghan musical instruments.

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