In the 2005 “Morcha” was created by
a few bright young minds frustrated by the unrestrained domination
of traditional and classic genre over Afghanistan’s music.
These open-minded thinkers come not from the capital, Kabul, but
from the periphery. In that time Nobody knew about Rock’N
Roll music in Afghanistan. “Morcha” is mainly concerned
with music performance. This is the first time in the history of
this country that a group of open minds think about defining modern
music other than traditional classic genre. “Morcha”
took their initial gist from the variety of folkloric Afghan music.
Peripatetic local Afghan singers mainly address social issues and
their romantic songs are bound to their geographical traditions.
On the other hand, modern music, particularly Rock ‘n’
Roll, Jazz or Blues were not experienced ambitiously in the history
of Afghan music. “Morcha” is working to melt the traditional
folkloric Afghan music with modern Jazz, Blues and Rock, which will
carry the taste of the two worlds while keeping the tradition of
addressing social issues and concerns. This band is working in Afghanistan
in conditions, which is defined by regular terrorist attacks, suicide
bombers and losses of lives and where a significant portion of the
society considers music to be ‘Haraam,’ forbidden.
“Morcha” thinks to revolutionize the
Afghan music. The ultimate goal is to help the static traditional
Afghan music move and join the caravan of world music.
“Morcha” launched their first album in 2007. The album
name is “Minority Report”
The album “Guzarish-e-Aqaliat”
[Minority Report] contains three semi-romantic and three socio-political
songs. The focus of “Morcha” is to deal with issues
of divisions, contradictions and religious worldviews of the traditional
Afghan society. In these songs, the Afghan world is presented with
all its beauties and ugliness and the path that the idea of militarism
has put in front of the country.
In the last 4 years, “Morcha” had too many performances
in Kabul and other district of Afghanistan. More than the other
bands. And they became more popular.
Now they are working on their second album.