The Afghan Anthology I was asked to be part of a few years ago just won a silver medal in the Independent Publishing awards for Best Anthology of 2012 !!! My dear friends Zohra Saed and Sahar Muradi did an incredible job curating and editing the anthology. Lots of really beautiful heartfelt pieces- truly a historic and relevant work that im really honored to have been included in. It’s exciting to watch this young Afghan diaspora sharing and creating value in beautiful ways.
It’s called “One Story Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature”
its available on amazon.
this audio book by scholastic called “Words in the Dust” by Trent Reedy was also just released on tape. I did the narration. it was an extremely profound experience for me. It kind of felt like preparing for a one woman show since i had to be all of the characters… I especially enjoyed reading as the character “Meena”. an Afghan grandmother who teaches the protagonist Zulaikha about Afghanistan before the war and before the Taliban. It was very moving for me to create this. I hope you enjoy it and share it with any young people or your children…
The video I directed for my song “BE GONE TALIBAN” premiered on IFC !
I am headed to Uganda in a week with The Voice Project. You can read about The Voice Project here:
i will be helping Hunter, Anna, and Ryan make a documentary about the Women of Gulu. The Voice Project raises money for these refugee women who sing songs to their abducted youth calling them back home. The youth have been abducted by the Lords Resistance Army, and most are much too ashamed to return. The women sing songs asking them to return. We will be documenting these women, recording more of their songs to be delivered to radio stations in the Congo, and interviewing some of the soldiers who have returned. I am very honored to have been invited to join them on this very special mission of peace.
Since my last blog entry (in which I talked about my concern about the drug problem in Afghanistan) I was asked to write a song for an anti opium and heroin campaign in Afghanistan. It is really wonderful to contribute in any way that i can to the health and prosperity of Afghans. I am working on the song…
We are full swing ahead in post production for my documentary too ! When I get back from Uganda I will pretty much be saturated in the documentary and writing my next album…
And I am also about to release a music video that I directed for my song “Be Gone Taliban”. Stay tuned…
peace and love*