Kabul Dreams

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Kabul Dreams
Origin Kabul, Afghanistan
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2008 (2008)-present
Website http://kabuldreams.com/
Members Sulyman Qardash
Siddique Ahmed
Raby Adib
Past members Mujtaba Habibi

Kabul Dreams is an indie rock band formed in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2008.[1] [2] They are Afghanistan's first modern rock band.


The band's members all resided outside Afghanistan during the Taliban era, returning to the country following the fall of the Taliban. During the Taliban era singer, songwriter and guitarist Sulyman Qardash lived in Uzbekistan, bass guitarist Siddique Ahmad in Pakistan, and drummer Mujtaba Habibi in Iran (he was replaced by Raby Adib in 2014[3]). They formed in 2008, and played in New Delhi, India, in 2009, at the South Asian Bands Festival.[3][4]

As the members of the group originate from different Afghan regions, they do not share a common first language, and perform in English.[1] The Guardian called their music " indie rock that is peaceful, wistful and positive, with shades of 90s Britpop and shoegaze".[5] They are influenced by British bands such as Radiohead and Travis.[4]

The group had planned to release their first album in 2010; [2] but it wasn't until 2013 that it came out. In 2012, the band instigated a crowd funding project on Sellaband to record their first album and undertake a European tour.[6]

The album, Plastic Words (mixed by Alan Sanderson), was finally released in April 2013.[3] By 2014 they had moved to the US and were planning a US tour.[3]



  • Plastic Words (2013)
  • We Are Kabul Dreams (2014)



  1. ^ a b Tanti, Samriddhi (29 September 2011). "Kabul Dreams - Indie Rock Band of Afghanistan". Eastern Fare Music Foundation. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Qadiry, Tahir (March 25, 2010). "Afghanistan's first rock group". BBC News. 
  3. ^ a b c d Khan, Taran (Jan 13, 2014). "Dreaming Rock & Roll In Kabul: The rock band from Afghanistan will play South by Southwest festival in Austin this year, also have an EP ready for release". Rolling Stone India. 
  4. ^ a b Najib, Moska (5 January 2010). "Afghan dreams of rock and roll". BBC Online. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Swash, Rosie (31 March 2010). "The only rockers in Afghanistan – but Kabul Dreams take wistful approach". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kabul Dreams". Sellaband. 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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