The musical group that escaped the Taliban shares its first Canadian public performance on July 1

After a harrowing journey that brought them safely to Saskatoon, some members of the musical group Sound of Afghanistan recently gave their first public performance as a band on Canadian soil.

Before the Taliban took power, the singers were seen as the symbol of a new Afghanistan. They sang about freedom and the rights of women and girls. Their music has been broadcast on radio, television and social media.

This fame put them at incredible risk. They feared being killed by the Taliban.

With the help of the 30 Birds Foundation, they and their families took an overland route to flee Afghanistan to Pakistan before being accepted as refugees in Canada in September 2021.

On July 1, 2022, Sounds of Afghanistan performed for the same period since they left home.

Sounds of Afghanistan makes its Canadian debut

Musicians from Afghanistan’s Marefat School perform for the first time ever on Canada Day in Saskatoon.

While the performance was a moment of incredible joy for the singers and their families, they are still worried about their band members who remain in Pakistan, waiting for the Canadian government to process their applications so they can all be at home. together again in Saskatoon.

So where did this relationship start?

Leisha Grebinski with Maryam Masoomi and Tamanna Sarwari (Candice Lipski/CBC)

For Leisha Grebinski, host of Saskatoon morning, thanks to an introduction to Maryam Masoomi, who was an assistant music teacher at the Marefat school in Afghanistan. Her stories inspired Grebinski to help bring them to more places through the CBC Doc Project.

Since its release, people across the country have had the opportunity to listen to and read Grebinski’s feature film. The Girls Who Escaped the Taliban. The stories are both heartbreaking and uplifting.

Canada Day offered a chance to come together in person to welcome the group to our city.

Attendees at the events at River Landing in Saskatoon were able to meet many of the girls who escaped, their families and the community members who helped settle them. This opportunity also paved the way for Sounds of Afghanistan performing for the very first time on Canadian soil.

William N. Fernandez