Afghan "pop star" belittles Afghan music scene
Afghan "pop star" belittles Afghan underground alternative music scene in a recent BBC persian interview.
"Rock music: This genre - based on an incorrect perception in Afghanistan - has contrarily become an avenue for the youth to escape from mental pressure, an act by the music mafia aiming at misleading the strained generation from a number of war experiences and immigration. Today its different musicians, from Alternative Rock to Punk Rock and the heaviest type Death-Metal Rock..., believe they shake the underground of music in Afghanistan without seeking a justification for it going underground. The mafia of underground music has taken hostage the youth - who are thirsty and hungry for arts - for free, and leads them to drugs, sexual misbehavior, and to escape the country, in the name of experimenting in the free world."
A member of Afghanistan's first heavy metal rock band District Unknown, Afghanistan responded with this letter:
"A while ago, I read Massoud Hassanzada's article on Farhad Darya and what he had said on the Farsi website of BBC. I said to myself "Maybe Massoud has Russian/Communistic tendencies while Farhad has American/Capitalistic, and Farhad is more famous, and that is why Massoud is jealous to Farhad."
But when I opened the link to the website of BBC, I came to know that dear Farhad Darya speaks such the below mentioned words. It sounds like he is angry and jealous too.
I liked Farhad Darya a lot. My family members are still fans to his songs from the 80s. When my brother had just come to Afghanistan and had come to know about him, started calling Farhad as a "capsule filled with intelligence." I was, as well, so proud to have such musician on my country's soil, and even bought the original version of the album "HA!" as I believed in supporting Farhad.
Today Farhad says "Rock music: This genre - based on an incorrection perception in Afghanistan - has contrarily become an avenue for the youth to escape from mental pressure, an act by the music mafia aiming at misleading the strained generation from a number of war experiences and immigration. Today its different musicians, from Alternative Rock to Punk Rock and the heaviest type Death-Metal Rock..., believe they shake the underground of music in Afghanistan without seeking a justification for it going underground."
I wish both Farhad and I had time, and I wish he was alive to me, so that I could go see him and say to him that: My band District Unknown is neither escaping from a mental pressure nor cares about the number of the people who listen to its music. It neither thinks of fame nor of becoming a Peace Ambassador, and it sings because it's in its nature of it, because it loves music.
Yes, we are young and full of energy and this is not our fault that you don't have energy as much as we do. It's not our fault that you have become old, that you are from the past generation and that we are from the next one. What should we do? Should we sing your songs? or become limited to that which everybody would listen to, and say "Such a great song" ? What should we do for that our position has no connection to you and your channels, o' legend of arts in Afghanistan?
Dear Farhad, it's not our fault if we are cool but your jealousy, your jealousy to everything and everyone that moves the spotlights bit away from your face. If a few foreigners provided a platform for us which no one else couldn't, and if ideas that crossed our minds did not cross yours, you shouldn't necessarily tell us "The mafia of underground music has taken hostage the youth - who are thirsty and hungry for arts - for free, and leads them to drugs, sexual misbehavior, and to escape the country, in the name of experimenting in the free world."
Farhad, I am healthier from younger days in every aspect.
What you have said is no more than insulting to me and to those who look at arts from the same angle I look at and you used to look at. It's been quite a while you don't see it anymore.
You are neither the father to alternative music, nor its mother, no one is, and everyone is. And the free world is a phenomena in which you became a Peace Ambassador to defend it, but you memorized it and you cannot grasp it.
There is much to say, truth is bitter, and there's not much time.
And Farhad still looks for fame. I don't know what he wants. He has everything, even more than he deserves, more than his right.
District Unknown, and those similar to it, have no connection to Farhad, and are not interested in working with him, because unfortunately his viewpoint on arts has recently become ill, a bitter truth for Farhad that considers himself as the inheritor to everything of this country's music but he's not."
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