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These concerts and Events to support the survival and flourishing of Afghan musicians and their music and we are proud to host them here!

Not all events listed here are organised by ICFAM or go to support ICFAM's fundraising campaigns.


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EartH, London

Spitalfields Music Festival

5 July 2022


Tickets £20

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, conductor

w/guest musicians: Saphwat Simab (rumba), Shahbaz Hussain (tabla), Yusuf Mahmoud (harmonium), Mehboob Nadeem (sitar) and William Rees Hoffman (dutar).

Co-curated by Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey and Arson Fahim. Premiering 8 new orchestral works by Afghan composers: Arson Fahim, Mohammad Qambar Nawshad, Meena Karimi, Elaha Soroor, Mohsen Saifi, Zalai Pakta, Ghafar Maliknezhad, Milad Yousufi and Qudrat Wasefi. 


Afghan pianist, composer, and student Arson Fahim partnered with the Longy School of Music to raise awareness for musicians in Afghanistan who are suffering inhumane Taliban persecution and to collect funds for musicians who have taken refuge from the country. Enjoy this video showcasing traditional and contemporary Afghan music performed by over 70 volunteers from the Longy community.  Many thanks to all who made this concert possible.  SEE MORE OF THE STORY HERE


ATribute to the Music of Afghanistan

107 Redfern, Australia

28 May 2022


Tickets $35

Worlds Within Worlds presents a tribute to the music of Afghanistan. Featuring:

Emal Orya & Omid Azzimi

Indranil Choudhury & Murtaza Damoon

Lachlan Dale & Murtaza Damoon

Proceeds to benefit musicians still in Afghanistan.

Click here for tickets and more information.


Feed the Soul Winter Benefit Concertsfor Afghanistan's Musicians
All proceeds went to providing life-saving aid to musicians and their families in Afghanistan


The Scent of Kharabat: A Concert for Afghanistan

Temple Church, London

Tuesday 22 February


Tickets £10 - £30

Join us for an evening with Ustad Ghulam Hussain (rubab), Feraydoon Meyazada (tabla), and Gholam Najrabi (zirbaghali); all born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, but eventually forced to leave their country for their own safety. "The Scent of Kharabat" refers to the musicians' quarter in the old city which has produced many generations of Afghan musicians.

Proceeds to benefit musicians still in Afghanistan.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Concert for Musicians at Risk

The Duncairn Centre, Belfast

Saturday 29 January


Livestream £5

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Yusuf Mahmoud and son Ariz Mahmoud  perform live with other guest musicians at Belfast's Dundarin to raise awareness and funds for Afghanistan's musicians.  


YouTube link available

Enjoy this video highlighting Yusuf Mahmoud and son Ariz Mahmoud who performed live with other guest musicians at Belfast's Duncarin to raise awareness and funds for Afghanistan's musicians. 

Special thanks to
Beyond Skin for helping make this event happen.


Feed the Soul Winter Benefit Concert - SAA-uk

Interplay Theatre, Leeds

Saturday 18 December


Join us for an evening of music and life-saving support for the musicians of Afghanistan. Help us raise £16,000 to support 100 musicians and their families this winter through the Give a Little Bit of Life - Save Afghanistan's Musicians campaign. Many thanks to the Daanish Foundation, South Asian Arts - UK, and the Interplay Theater.



Resilience: The Scent of Kharabat

Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Saturday 11 December


Tickets £5 - £25


In this concert, Ustad Asif Mahmud, his son Yusuf Mahmud, and his grandson along with Saphwat Simab bring to us their performance "The Scent of Kharabat" from Kabul to London. 


Located at the Eurasian crossroads, Afghanistan has soaked in Central Asian, Indian, Persian and Turkic cultures with evidence of these influences sensed in the rich musical heritage. Interestingly, the Persian word for music is ‘musiqi’, derived from the Greek “mousike”. The epicentre of musical creativity in Afghanistan has historically been the musicians’ Quarter in Kabul, Kucha-e Kharabat, where hereditary music practitioners have lived for generations. In the 1990s, with the ban on music and public performance by the Taliban, musicians from Kharabat around the country were forced to flee to Iran and Pakistan. Hereditary musicians such as Ustad Asif Mahmoud and his family — who now live in London — moved abroad, as Afghans tried to maintain their musical traditions in exile.

Unfortunately, history has repeated itself, and after 20 years of relative peace for musicians, the Taliban are back in force and pride — claiming the defeat of the West and their values. Once again, musicians are prime victims of the political unease.

Afghanistan's history is filled with excessive conflicts resulting in destruction, loss of life, damage to cultural heritage and, of course, the exodus of many people from their home country. However, as the great mystic poet of Balkh, Rumi, said: “Anyone who is separated from their roots, will pursue the path to be reunited” — these peoples of the arid Hindukush, with a great capacity for resilience, have always kept their heads up — defiant and raised. In Afghanistan we have an expression: “Taa risha dar aab ast, omid-e samar ast” — literally, “Until the roots are in the water, there is hope for fruit!”

Mirwaiss Sidiqi, London 01 December 2021

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