Voices of Afghanistan

Voices of Afghanistan

OCT 5, 8PM


Friday, October 5, 8PM, Bowker Auditorium

$30, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10

The Voices of Afghanistan featuring Farida Mahwash, Homayoun Sakhi & Sakhi Ensemble come together for an inspiring concert that highlights the traditional and new innovative musical idioms that enrich and expand the repertoire of Afghan music. Farida Mahwash is considered Afghanistan’s greatest contemporary woman singer, Homayoun Sakhi is the most outstanding and innovative Afghan rubâb player of his generation and the Sakhi Ensemble is comprised of some of the most sought-after Afghan musicians living in the United States.

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Pioneer Valley Hotel Group and presented in partnership with the UMass Office of the Graduate School Dean, Smith College Music Department and Global Studies and Afghan Spirit (RSO) at Mt. Holyoke College



Farida Mahwash

Artist's website

In the Past!

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Associated Event

Post-performance Talk-Back: With musicians from the Voices Ensemble and Five College Afghan students immediately following the concert.


"The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, A Torch for Peace”
dir. Teri Mcluhan
October 4 at 7PM Bowker Auditorium
Q & A follows with Teri McLuhan and Thomas Lindeman.  A dramatic feature length documentary by the Canadian filmmaker Teri McLuhan reflects on the extraordinary story of Badshah Khan, the legendary leader of Khudaie Khidmatgar Movement and a Muslim Peacemaker.

Teri Mcluhan
is an international award-winning filmmaker. Her films include The Shadow Catcher and The Third Walker. She is a bestselling author and has written five books on sacred space and the core values of diverse cultures across the world. They include such titles as Touch the Earth, Dream Tracks, Portraits from North American Indian Life, The Way of the Earth, and Cathedrals of the Spirit.

Thomas Lindeman
is a long-time member of the UMass Community. He has been a campus minister, coordinator for the UMass-Springfield Partnership, and chairperson, Counsel for Diversity under Chancellor David Scott.

Creative Dialogue

Members of the community interested in attending an event, please call 413-577-2486
October 3 at Smith College
10 – 10:50AM Music Workshop with Homayoun Sakhi (World Music class)
12PM Global Salon at Smith
2:40PM- 4PM Sakhi Ensemble “Musical Culture of Afghanistan” (World Music class)
October 4 at UMass
2-4PM Music workshop at Performing Arts Charter High School
5-6:30PM Reception for Voices Ensemble by the Office of the Graduate Dean UMass
(Invitation Only)


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Sponsor Thanks

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Mass Cultural Council

New England Foundation for the Arts