Sunday, September 23, 2012

Son of Afghan composer helps teens in his country study music

Anna Cohen has an important story about the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANM) on CNN, which Don Lemon aired on Saturday.

It has 141 students, including 41 girls.  Most are teenagers and a few, including a sixteen year old boy(Wahidullah Amiri, at the piano, are quite accomplished already.

The school was founded in large part by Ahmad Samarst, son of an Afghan composer.

The Taliban often destroyed musical instruments and even used pianos as fodder for fires. 

The video shows Amiri playing what sounds like Haydn.  Another girl plays some Afghan folk songs. 

The younger Samarst studied music in Australia.  I could not find either father or son on Wikipedia yet.

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