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Kabul Goes Pop - Music Television Afghanistan

Kabul Goes Pop

Music Television Afghanistan

By Waleed Akhtar
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040931, 80 pages, May 2022


Afghanistan. It's 2004. Farook and Samia broadcast live every day to the whole of Kabul, delivering ninety minutes of musical bliss: Britney, Backstreet Boys and Enrique Iglesias. But when their show starts to make waves, the two young friends must take on repressive forces to build a new Afghanistan.

Inspired by the true story of Afghanistan's first youth music programme, Waleed Akhtar's play Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan explores a world following the US invasion that is complex, contradictory and shocking – all to a soundtrack of early noughties' pop.


"A cracker... pulses with energy... powerful and compelling... heartbreaking."

- The Stage

"A fizzing tribute to bubblegum songs of hope."

- Guardian