Afghan TV, part two

In part two of Rud’s tour of Afghan TV, I give you Hop (should it not have an exclamation mark?): usually described as Afghanistan’s version of MTV.

Music videos of singers from several of the ‘stans and Iranian exiles.

Quite hard to describe music videos, but here’s a sample.

That f*****g Dubai song. Some women from Uzbekistan singing about how much she wants to go to Dubai. With the infuriatingly catchy chorus; Dubai, Dubai. Dubai Dubai. Dubai, Dubai. Ad infinitum.

More recently. The crazy frog song. The ‘music’ of which is on a par with the standard of music of most other things.

Various themes on the above. Music videos either involving a car or a beautiful mountain valley. Or of a live show, in which case, if actually Afghan, young man trying to dance without really moving.

To be fair, some of the more ‘traditional’ Afghan music is good, or I enjoy it anyway, or, rather, it doesn’t force me to flee the room when it comes on.

Young hip male presenters. They’re actually quite good, with none of the over-inflated hyper sleek egos of MTV presenters. Pity about the things they present.

Best of all: Me explaining what ‘hop’ means.

By jumping around the room on one leg.

(The other explanation of hop, as in hip hop, being beyond me. Lesson on the history of black American music anyone?)

Part one of a tour of Afghan TV is here.

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3 Responses to “Afghan TV, part two”

  1. ash Says:

    IT’S ALWAYS INTRIGUING TO ME TO SEE ON THE NEWS OR HEAR ABOUT HOW AFGHAN/IRANIAN/S.ARABIAN ETC. ARE EXPRESSING THEMSELVES THROUGH MUSIC

  2. Afghan TV, part three « harry rud Says:

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  3. Frida Says:

    I loved “language barrier charades” – well except the time the female security guard at the Herat airport wanted to know what my tampons were for… some charades just aren’t funny at all until they are over.

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