Despite threats and amidst tight security, Afghan pop star Aryana Sayeed carried on with her concert in Kabul on 19 August 2017 to mark the country’s Independence Day after her venue was changed at the last minute, reported BBC.
The concert, which was initially scheduled to take place in Ghazi stadium, the city’s largest stadium, was cancelled due to pressure from religious clerics and security concerns, reported Deutsche Welle. The concert was eventually held at the Intercontinental Hotel.
“There are certain people in Afghanistan who have been against music, against celebration, against even New Year, Eid and everything. I feel like today we need to stand together and fight against it,” the singer old BBC. “At the end of the day, we are also human beings and these are basic human needs – music, celebration, Independence Day, New Year.”
Sayeed, who is based in the UK, has been the subject of threats in the past as her performances, dancing, lyrics and clothing are viewed as un-Islamic by many in her homeland.
Performers like Aryana Sayeed are targeted in the arts simply for being female; learn more at Freemuse’s campaign to Let Women Sing