Aryana Saeed, Afghan Pop Star, Won’t Let Mullahs Stop the Show

Source: The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan singer and pop star Aryana Saeed, as famous here for her curve-hugging costumes as she is for her feminist lyrics, can sell out any stadium in Afghanistan, and in many other countries as well. When it comes to her home country, though, that does not necessarily mean she can perform in them.

Ms. Saeed’s latest concert in Afghanistan was to be held in Ghazi Stadium in Kabul on Friday, and despite heavy security and secrecy until just before the event, all 30,000 tickets sold quickly at hefty prices, according to Ms. Saeed’s manager.

She chose the date, she said, because it was the eve of Afghanistan’s independence day, and she wanted to highlight that Afghan women were still not free 98 years later. She chose the stadium because it was a place made notorious by Taliban executions of women in the late 1990s.

“I wanted to put a smile on people’s faces in the place where the Taliban executed people,” she said in an interview.

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