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Ustad Mahwash and Radio Kaboul to perform at HBPA Nov. 8

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Concert features Afghanistan’s greatest female singer

HESSTON, KAN. -- Ustad Mahwash, Afghanistan’s greatest female singer, will perform for a central Kansas audience in a November 8 concert at Hesston College’s Yost Center. The 7:30 p.m. concert also features Radio Kaboul. The second event in the 2005-06 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season, the concert is sponsored by Excel Industries and Hustler Turf Equipment of Hesston.

Mahwash studied under the great masters Nabi Gol, Khyal, Sarâhang and Naynawaz. She became popular through her broadcasts on Radio Kaboul and was named Artist of the Year in 1970 before receiving in 1977 the coveted title of Ustad (Master).

She has lived for the last 12 years in California and tours all over the whole world to promote a better understanding of the music of her country. The BBC granted her the Asia/Pacific Award of World Music in 2003.

The Radio Kaboul project is devoted to the performance of traditional music from Afghanistan and strives to maintain the richness of Afghan culture. The repertoire includes a large selection of the multiethnic Afghani music at the crossroads of Indian, Persian and Arabic traditions--airy melodies of Tajik minstrels, ecstatic festival songs and classical ragas with a subtle Indian flavor.

Tickets are $12-15 with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Call 620-327-8158 for reservations.

This program is presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Other upcoming Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts concerts include: Soweto Gospel Choir (8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall), Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (3 p.m., Sunday, March 5, in Bethel College's Memorial Hall) and Imani Winds (7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, in Hesston College’s Yost Center).

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