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Municipality's music band lacks equipment

Municipality's music band lacks equipment

Mar 03, 2011 - 17:53

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Kabul Municipality's music band is facing numerous problems due to lack of equipment and performers, an official said on Thursday.

The band has been operational since the municipality was established. In recent years, the number of musicians with the group decreased to five from 24.

Currently, the band has one organiser, head of the cultural services department, Rahila Kohistani, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"The music band faces a serious equipment and artiste shortage, making it unpopular," she said. Apart from equipment, 24 musicians are needed to manage the band, she added.

It takes part in private parties and official ceremonies to earn money. The group is paid 1,000 afghanis ($22) per hour at private parties, according to Kohistani, who put its nine-month income at 600,000afs.

With people evincing a keen interest in the band's music, the department has bought new equipment from India to reinforce it.

Mohammad Agha, a member of the band, said he has been working with the group for the last 32 years. "We have many problems and challenges, including economic constrains which can be somehow addressed with new equipment."

Officials at the cultural services department say they had requested Afghanistaninfo-icon's National Music School to assist the band. But the institute's general manager, Mohammad Daud, said they had received no such request so.


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