Burqa Band

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The Burqa Band (or the Blue Burqa Band) is an all-female indie rock band from Kabul, Afghanistan. They perform anonymously, all of the members wearing burqas in an apparent protest against the Taliban's rules regarding Islamic dress. They released a single, "Burqa Blue" and a self-titled album in 2002. The group has gained some popularity in Europe in the 2000s, and have toured in Germany, where a song of theirs was remixed by DJ Barbara Morgenstern.[1][2] A YouTube video of a performance of theirs has circulated widely. Singing in burka was a joke, but also necessary to avoid retaliation by religious fanatics, according to Nargiz, a member of the band.[3]


  1. ^ Female Afghan Burqa Band Breaks Barriers. Salem News. Accessed May 16, 2007.
  2. ^ Burqa Blues Hit the Airwaves. News24.com. Accessed May 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Michael Lund and Signe Daugbjerg, "Girl band in burka", Lnd.dk