May 5th, 2005

When I read this on BuzzMachine this morning, my first reaction was: the Lemming Meter is twitching. But, an admittedly cursory run through of Google indicates the Burka Band is real. What seems to be really amazing is that the band, formed by a German record company from a Afghanis who attended a music workshop it sponsored in Kabul, is not new.

A review of the all-woman band in The Asian News indicates they’ve been playing together for nearly two years. Their song, Burka Blue, has become something of a cult hit in Europe, says the news service.

It wasn’t the Peacemaker nor the Trident that brought down the Soviet Union, it was Coca Cola and Levi’s. Will Rock ‘n’ Roll topple the mullahs? Could be.

My Soundtrack: Matthew And Son by Cat Stevens.

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