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DJ Besho

DJ Besho

Date: May 29 2006

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The late German organist Albert Schweitzer said, “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

In Afghanistan, a country torn by war and hardship, one young man has found refuge and hope in hip hop music.

DJ Besho, a 28 year old rapper from Kurduz in northern Afghanistan, is using his music to promote peace and encourage the youth to study hard and stay away from drugs.

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Dave

Dave

Taylor

Taylor

Dave:  So, there’s this new hip-hop artist coming out of Afghanistan of all places. Um, DJ Besho.

Taylor:  Wow. Does he, ah, integrate in any traditional Afghani music elements?

Dave:  He sounds pretty innovative, and it sounds like he’s doing something good…

Taylor:  Right.

Dave:  ...for his home country.

Taylor:  Right, definitely. You need people producing works of art so that you have an export of, you know, culture…

Dave:  Right.

Taylor:  ...and a new vision of heritage. And if it’s going to be an Afghanistan rapper, then, ah, so be it.

Dave:  Yeah.

Taylor:  So be it.

Dave:  It’ll be interesting to see how he can integrate a Western hip-hop form with traditional Afghan music. I don’t know if that’s what he’s going for, but his message in his lyrics is, he’s trying to promote national unity, trying to get kids to stay away from drugs, um, go to school.

Taylor:  Mm hm.

Dave:  So, he’s promoting a good message.

 

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Discussion

One day nearly two decades ago, DJ Besho and his friend were on their way to an ice cream shop when a rocket exploded near them, killing his friend. Afghanistan fell into decades of conflict, and Besho (real name: Bezhan Zafarmal) and his family escaped to Germany.

After sixteen years in Germany, DJ Besho is back in his home country promoting peace and national unity.

 

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bluemilly

bluemilly

China

Tongue out

08:05 AM Nov 27 2008 |

legendaire

Algeria

Hi there,

Would you be kind enough to tell me whether is possible ti keep in touch with you.

Best regards

12:22 PM Feb 06 2008 |

amina31

Algeria

hi everybady….....

 

04:15 PM Nov 28 2007 |

amina31

Algeria

hi everybady….....

 

04:15 PM Nov 28 2007 |

amina31

Algeria

hi iam a new friend Wink

04:14 PM Nov 28 2007 |

lyrics

Ghana

I’M INTERESTED IN DJ BESHO MESSAGE

07:10 PM Nov 20 2007 |

ahosokawa

United States

Helpful lesson!

12:26 AM May 31 2006 |

teddy008

teddy008

China

promote national unity and hlep kids are good things. So be it!

01:00 AM May 30 2006 |

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