A well-known Afghan musician has been reunited with his son in New York City after Fox Corp. helped his household evacuate Afghanistan following a Taliban menace made towards them.
On Aug. 15, the Taliban left a threatening letter on Ahmad Fanoos’ instrument case warning him and his household to cease enjoying music or else.
“All your family members are busy with these dirty activities,” the letter learn. “We are warning you for the last time to leave…”
Under Taliban rule, music was unlawful in Afghanistan in the late ’90s. Since then, Fanoos rose to fame enjoying the harmonium and singing Ghazal or Afghan epic poetry. As a expertise choose on the TV present “Afghan Star,” Fanoos grew to become a family title and a goal of the Taliban because it retook management of Afghanistan this summer time.
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“It was very shocking for him,” Elham Fanous, Ahmad’s 24-year-old son, stated of the Taliban letter. “He actually couldn’t really focus on the music anymore.”
A famend Afghan classical pianist in his personal proper, Elham moved to the United States to review in 2015 after his music faculty was bombed.
Desperate to save lots of his father and remaining relations, Elham requested his sponsor, Lesley Rosenthal, COO of the Juilliard School, for help.
“I just racked my brains trying to think how we could help him,” Rosenthal stated.
Rosenthal found that Fox had a considerable shareholding in Moby Media Group – the tv station that aired “Afghan Star.”
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She alerted Fox of the scenario and in lower than every week Fanoos and five of his relations had been evacuated on a airplane alongside Fox personnel.
“We asked Fox if they could find some more seats on the plane for the whole family,” Rosenthal stated, “and sure enough, they brought the whole family of six out into safety, into freedom.”
Fanoos filmed the heart-racing escape from Afghanistan and turned it right into a music video that pays tribute to non secular freedom, tolerance and private accountability.
“It was very difficult for us … it was very dangerous,” Fanoos instructed Fox News. “There was a lot of Taliban at the gate of the airport.”
Fanoos, his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren had been hosted in Qatar for the previous two months. They arrived in the U.S. on Oct. 29 and simply days earlier than Thanksgiving Ahmad and Elham had been collectively once more in New York for the primary time since 2016.
“We just really hope to represent Afghanistan and Afghan music,” Elham stated. “Afghan music is running in my veins and it’s because of my dad.”
Before leaving Afghanistan, Elham studied on the Afghanistan National Institute of Music based in 2010.
Elham says that with out the U.S. navy, music in Afghanistan would have perished.
“Don’t lose hope. You did a lot,” Elham stated of American troopers who served in Afghanistan, a few of whom had been disheartened by the Taliban takeover. “Without them, I don’t think we would have been here in the United States. I don’t think we would have been musicians.”
Father and son are actually on a mission to save lots of Afghan classical music and help the sound evolve with Western influences.
“We’re trying to show that Afghan people can make a positive impact in American society,” Elham stated.
The Fanoos household believes so long as Afghan music is alive, so, too, is hope for a greater future for the war-torn nation.
“[The music] is very necessary for the Afghan people,” Ahmad stated. “It’s my life. My love. The music is my love.”
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