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Errol's Pick

Quraishi Roya fled to the U.S. from his native Afghanistan when he was 18 years old and is now considered one of the leading lights of classical Afghan music. Errol reviewed his CD, "Mountain Melodies", on the show this morning. Quraishi makes achingly beautiful, transportive music that has hints of Indian, Middle Eastern and Greek music on the rubab, the national instrument of Afghanistan. He began to study guitar in high school but switched instruments after he read reports of the Taliban arresting musicians and banning public concerts back home, To protest what the Taliban was doing and to show solidarity with Aghan musicians, Quraishi decided to learn the rubab. In an interview with the New York Times, he said, ''I wanted to keep the rubab alive. I realized that this was my duty."


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