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The revered Afghan woman singer Ustad Mahwash is the only female Afghan artist to have been awarded the title of "ustad", a great sign of respect which signifies teacher. Madame Mahwash was a familiar face on Radio and Television Afghanistan until she left the country after the Soviet invasion. Many, many years later, when, in January 2004, a woman sang live on television for the first time after the fall of the Taliban, it caused a huge uproar. Madame Mahwash recently returned to Afghanistan for the first time in eighteen years to perform an EID concert on Ariana TV.

Ustad Mahwash Returns to Afghanistan

Photographie/photograph par/by Imal Hashimi/Pajhwok