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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
My Day in Afghanistan: Kandahari singer
As part of the BBC News website's One Day in Afghanistan coverage on 13 September, we heard from people from all walks of life, all over the country.

Here you can read more from Abdul Hameedi, a well-known Kandahari singer from Kabul on music, protest and his hopes for the future.

I have four sons and two daughters and live in Kabul. I enjoy being a singer and work for state TV and radio. But others do not like the job I do.

Abdul Hameedi, Kandahari singer
Abdul Hameedi thinks he should be paid more
Government officials here don't like that I am a singer and there is no state help for me in my job.

I need a place to rehearse and to work from, but those facilities are not available to me.

Some people who are backward with their primitive mentality are against singing.

Normally these are those who don't like that I sing about injustice against our people.

Our society is poor. The economy is run by those people who have the great buying power. But these are the ones who are mostly senseless.

Yet, my work is harmless and it only gives happiness to society. It helps the people and it entertains them.

My songs are mostly about the things people like and want to hear, but by no means are they trivial.

'Outside interference'

Despite regularly appearing on national TV and radio, the salary is very low and I think I should be paid more.


My eldest son has not followed me into this career and instead has become a driver.

I am hopeful that the situation will improve after the election.

Security is better now but I fear that this is not the real situation and that things could get worse again.

Afghan society is slowly getting better though. When it has the right leadership, it is possible for the country to move on.

If our people are wise and hopeful Afghanistan will go forward, but I think the interference from outside is continuing and may hinder our recovery.


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