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Kabul Dreams

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Kabul Dreams
Kabul Dreams band members Sulyman Qardash and Siddique Ahmed
Kabul Dreams band members Sulyman Qardash and Siddique Ahmed
Background information
OriginKabul, Afghanistan
GenresIndie rock, rock and roll
Years active2008 (2008)–present
MembersSulyman Qardash
Siddique Ahmed
Past membersMojtaba Habibi Shandiz
Raby Adib
Jai Dhar

Kabul Dreams is a rock band from Afghanistan, established in 2008 in Kabul. The band consists of Sulyman Qardash (lead singer and guitarist), Siddique Ahmed (bassist) and Jai Dhar (drummer). The band is managed by Alykhan Kaba.[1] Kabul Dreams has paved the way for a modest but growing rock scene in Afghanistan, rebuilding itself after decades of war. The band’s motivation to perform came from their own love for music, but also from a public hunger for a new life after war – a life that included new music and art.[2]



All of the band members were born in Afghanistan, but they were displaced to neighboring countries as refugees during the Taliban reign – Sulyman Qardash in Uzbekistan, Siddique Ahmed in Pakistan, and Mojtaba Habibi Shandiz in Iran. After the fall of the Taliban regime, the band members returned to Afghanistan and met each other in Kabul. Since the bandmates originate from different regions, they do not share a common first language, and perform in English.[3] Their musical influences include Sex Pistols, Metallica, Nirvana and Oasis.[4]

In April 2013, Kabul Dreams released their first album, Plastic Words. The album was mixed by Grammy winner Alan Sanderson, who has previously worked with artists including Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones.

In 2014, the band relocated to Oakland, California to grow their presence in the American music scene.[5] While the band had experience performing in Europe and Asia, they made their North American debut that year at the high profile arts festival, South by Southwest.[6] They have played several more shows since then, located primarily in the Bay Area. In 2016, they partnered again with Alan Sanderson to release their second album, Megalomaniacs.

Band members


Current members

  • Sulyman Qardash - lead vocals, guitar (2008–present)
  • Siddique Ahmed - bass (2008–present)

Former members

  • Mojtaba Habibi Shandiz - drums (2008-2013)
  • Raby Adib - drums (2013-2018)
  • Jai Dhar - drums (2019-2022)




Plastic Words (2013)

Track Listing
No. Title Length
1 Crack in the Radio 1:53
2 Plastic Words 4:28
3 Can You Imagine 3:38
4 A Flower After Storm 2:59
5 Life is Rubbish Without You 3:10
6 Grip it 3:38
7 Air 2:49
8 I Wanna Runaway 2:11
9 Good Morning Freedom 3:15
10 Mirror 3:41
11 Speed of Love 3:15

Megalomaniacs (2017)

Track Listing
No. Title Length
1 Rush 1:53
2 Thousand Pieces 3:00
3 Brain Drain 3:28
4 Torn Apart 2:49
5 Ghost 3:23
6 Saturated Hope 2:51
7 Out of My Mind 3:44
8 Head Hurts 2:58
9 We Are Who We Are Not 2:54
10 Hyper Colors 2:53

With Love from Kabul Dreams (2019)

Track Listing
No. Title Length
1 Fasl 3:03
2 Parwaz Kon 3:16
3 Sarab 4:27



Radio Dreams (2016) – as themselves

Radio Dreams is a film about a Persian language radio station located in the Bay Area that tries to arrange a jam session between the Afghan rock band Kabul Dreams and the metal legends Metallica. The film is a fictional story, and features Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.[7]

In 2016, Radio Dreams won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.[8] In 2017, the North American rights to the film were acquired by Matson Films in Los Angeles. It was slated for theatrical release in late April and May 2017.[9]


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  3. ^ Wiser, Danny (26 July 2020). "AFGHANISTAN: Plastic Words - Kabul Dreams". 200worldalbums.com. Retrieved 2023-10-15.
  4. ^ Pishdadi, Samannaz Kourang (June 15, 2015). "Kabul Dreams". Reorient. Archived from the original on 2017-07-04. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  5. ^ Kalantari, Shuka (March 12, 2017). "Afghan Rockers Start New Musical Life in Oakland". KQED News. Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  6. ^ Friel, Katie (February 18, 2014). "Afghanistan's first rock band Kabul Dreams to make U.S. debut at SXSW". CultureMap Austin. Archived from the original on 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
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  8. ^ "Radio Dreams". IFFR. 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-03-01). "Iranian Immigrant Comedy 'Radio Dreams' Gets Spring Release (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-16.