Burka Band

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The Burka Band (or the Blue Burqa Band) is an all-female indie rock band from Kabul, Afghanistan since 2002.[1] 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, "Burka Blue" and a self-titled album in 2002. The group gained some popularity in Europe[citation needed] in the 2000s, and toured in Germany, where one of their songs was remixed by the DJ Barbara Morgenstern.[2] A YouTube video of a performance of theirs has circulated widely.[citation needed] Singing in burqas was a joke, but also necessary to avoid retaliation by religious fanatics, according to Nargiz, a member of the band.[3]


  1. ^ Ata Tak, Burka-Band "Burka Blue"
  2. ^ Female Afghan Burqa Band Breaks Barriers, Salem News, February 24, 2007. Accessed May 16, 2007.
    - Burqa Blues Hit the Airwaves Archived October 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. News24.com. Accessed May 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Michael Lund and Signe Daugbjerg, "Girl band in burka", Lnd.dk, no date.