02 Oct '11, 4am

Respectful rockfest in Kabul. Kudos. Bands left the stage to allow the call to prayer to be heard. Very cool.

Respectful rockfest in Kabul. Kudos. Bands left the stage to allow the call to prayer to be heard. Very cool.

An Afghan rock musician performs in front of a cheering crowd during Sound Central, a one-day 'stealth festival' in Kabul Oct 1, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS KABUL (REUTERS) - Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock. Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before. Sound Central was something new in a deeply conservative Muslim country where music was banned under the austere Taleban regime. Even now music shops are attacked in some cities and musicians taunted for their clothes or hair. The festival retained a distinctly Afghan accent, with alcohol banned, kebabs the only snacks and a respe...

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