Two grand pianos and other musical instruments have been found destroyed in public recording studios in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Journalist Jerome Starkey, who covers the Sun’s defense in the UK, took to Twitter to share images of the broken instruments on Sunday. He said that when he questioned the Taliban guards at the studios about the instruments, they insisted they had found them in that condition.
I fear this is a sign of things to come. An eerily poignant sight of two smashed grand pianos in Kabul’s public recording studios. When I visited, the Taliban guards insisted that was how they found them. Their spokesperson @Zabehulah_M33 says music is not islamic #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/bvcttHz2g6
— Jerome Starkey (@jeromestarkey) September 5, 2021
It comes as the Taliban fears they will return to the tough and regressive policies they put in place when they ruled the country between 1996 and 2001. At the time, music was banned and women were not allowed to to work. They even carried out targeted attacks against those they believed had betrayed their vision of Islamic rule.
The Taliban claimed they had “matured” since their previous period of rule twenty years ago. They sought to reassure Afghans and the outside world of the rights they would grant in Afghanistan. Among other things, they said that cultural activities would be allowed, but within the limits of Sharia and the Islamic and cultural practices of Afghanistan.
yetmany fear that these statements are just a public relations exercise. The weeks since the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan have provided multiple reasons to question the sincerity of the militant group’s claim of “maturity”.
ATTACKS ON MUSIC SINCE TALIBAN TAKEOVER
Since The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15. there have been several incidents which suggest that the music will not have a bright future under their rule.
Towards the end of August, the The Taliban banned music and female voices on TV and radio stations in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
September 4, armed A Taliban guard shut down the National Institute of Music of Afghanistan.
In a more extreme incident, Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi reportedly shot dead by a Taliban fighter the last week of August in the Andarabi Valley.
In an interview with the New York Times, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in August: “Music is forbidden in Islam. But we hope we can persuade people not to do such things. , instead of pressuring them.”
The damage to instruments in Kabul’s recording studios is just the latest addition to this chain of events indicating the Taliban’s attitude towards music.
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