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    Afghan Rap: In the Name of Patriotism and Charity

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    In an interview with Sputnik, Afghani rap artist Ali ATH spoke about his creative path towards his musical dream, today’s work and plans for the nearest future.

    “Why did I pick rap — such an unusual musical choice for Afghanistan? I was convinced that rap is something new, especially in my country. Each of my songs is imbued with love. Love for relatives, for my country, Afghanistan, and for compatriots, who quite often experience pain,” Afghan rapper Ali ATH said in an interview with Sputnik.

    Afghan rapper ATH
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    Afghan rapper ATH

    Ali is a typical Afghan rapper. He not only composes music and writes rhymes, but also lives his rap in real life.

    “I never forget about children and women, probably in most cases, they are the main characters in my compositions. And of course, not a single creation can be built without some kind of life experience. All my feelings, love and sadness, are reflected in my verse,” Ali tells Sputnik.

    Six years ago, Ali together with his friend established a recording studio in the rapper’s Kabul apartment. Since then, Afghan rappers have had a chance to create music albums, including Ali’s hit: 21.

    “In fact, we began our ‘mission’ from the ground up. We had just one computer. That’s all! I was one on one with my talent, which required implementation," Ali said in an interview with Sputnik.

    "Soon enough, we started contacting with other Afghan mini-studios, in which we were offered [opportunities] to create joint work. I think the secret of our success is that at every phase, we try to use the maximum of the minimum abilities that we have,” continues the Afghan rapper.

    “My first track was called ‘Let us, compatriots!’ and was dedicated to my dear Afghanistan. The song was full of love for my country, the pain of relocation from one [place] to another and beyond,” says Ali.

    Afghan rapper ATH
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    Afghan rapper ATH

    In Afghanistan you will not find many pop or rap artists who touch the significant issues of our time. Today, the number of Afghan artists amounts to less than 100. They are willing to cooperate with one another as the country hasn't established laws regulating the entertainment industry.

    “Once, when my album ‘As easy as pie’ was published with a circulation of 100,000 copies and was sold with great success, I thought about going beyond the boundaries of Afghanistan. I happened to come across Glenn Reynolds (Grey), a popular American rapper. After a successful first song recorded together, we plan to release a joint album,” Ali tells Sputnik.

    According to Ali, their rap is about a Kabul boy, who experienced difficultly in the school of life. He enjoys every single day and strives to expand horizons, but ignorance tries to hunt him down. And yet he comes out of this dark world and finds inspiration.

    “All the proceeds from the album's realization will go to charity. It is a great honor for us!” Ali explains.

    Amid national success, the two rappers have taken time to provide financial assistance to various charities supporting people in need and victims of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.


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