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AWIL 181 - Afghan music

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Eminent ethnomusicologists Veronica Doubleday & John Baily returned to AWIL this week with their potent & hypnotic songs from Herat. This ubiquitous duo are accomplished creative talents beyond research & academia, in photography, film-making, miniature painting, embroidery, and book writing. Their infinite ability to convey the very essence of Afghanistan and its best features, is utterly seductive through the anecdotes they share and the irresistible beauty of the music they make. When John strikes up the sympathetic strings of the rubab, the commanding presence of this resonant Afghan lute that captured their hearts back in 1973, is felt instantly. As Veronica adds her beautiful, lilting vocals plus some deft touches on the daireh frame drum, it’s impossible not to be intrigued & smitten by Afghan culture in the way they were almost 50 years ago. See them in concert tonight, April 23rd – aptly – at St Ethelburga’s London Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, with a cinematic warm–up act featuring the young students from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, in John’s 2011 film, Return of the Nightingales!


AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide:   Apr 22 Deepa Nair Rasiya + DJ Ritu @Tileyard Studios, Apr 22 – World Scatterlings @ Green Note, Apr 23 – John Baily & Veronica Doubleday @ St Ethelburgas, Apr 23-Nahid Siddiqui + DJ Ritu @ Tileyard Studios (Sama Arts Network Women In Music Fest till Apr 26th), Apr 25 – Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ Under The Bridge, Apr 29 – John Baily & Hanif Khan @Deptford Town Hall, Apr 30 – Kuch Kuch Bollywood Nights @ The Alice.  More at   


20/4/16  AWIL 181   #AWorldInLondon is podcast on #Itunes & #Mixcloud: 


ARTIST                                                  TRACK                                   COUNTRY

Hossam Ramzy                       Sabla Tolo IV              Egypt/UK

Night                                      Suskera Haru             Nepal

Ranagri                                  Sad Songs                    Ireland/UK

John Baily & Veronica Doubleday    Sekineh          UK

Ensemble Bakhtar                Shah Koko Jan           ‘  ‘

Ustad Mohammad Omar       Rag Pilu                     Afghanistan

John Baily & Veronica Doubleday  Namure Leili Jan        UK                        

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