The grand event the women orchestra from Afghanistan are going to present their art on stage oat World Economic Forum in Davos. The ensemble of 35 young musicians who are 13 to 20 years old. Some orphans and low-income families are going to perform in front of 3000 CEOs and state heads. The event will start on Thursday and closing of the concert is on Friday. The group led by Negina Khplwak who is just going to celebrate her 20th birthday on the return of her flight from Europe. These girls are so courageous to overcome discrimination and on threats of Death from the war-torn country.
All Women Orchestra From Afghanistan at WEF
With their hair hurriedly bound, eyes focused on their tools. The musicians performed in concert under Khpalwak’s staff earlier this month at one of their last practices in Kabul before the concert. ‘She is the first woman conductor of Afghanistan’ said the musicologist, Dr Ahmad Sarmast. He is the founder of Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and the Zohra orchestra. Sarmast certainly understands about the risk which women are facing in their country who pursue the music. During Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001, they banned music in the country. He further said ‘Zohra is very symbolic for Afghanistan.’
‘It is indeed challenging for Afghanistan girls from the society where some fathers don’t allow their daughters to go to school. It is a risky thing even to speak about music school.’ For them, women are just to stay at home and clean it up.’ Negina Khpalwak said.
Life is hard in the capital city job are rare “it is safer than being dead”, Negina stated, remembering what her uncle assured her: “Wherever I see you, I will kill you. You are the shame for us.” Negina’s purpose is to win a scholarship “to study outside of the country, and study”. Later, she says, she will turn to her country and become the head of the National Orchestra.