When the Taliban controlled all of Afghanistan, they were very strict was music. After they overran the country in 1996, they launched a search-and-destroy mission. All musical instruments, cassette players and CD players were seized and burned in public. Audio and video tape was pulled from cases and strung all over Kabul.
Much of it was left hanging on tall wooden poles to remind people of a quote attributed to the Prophet Muhammed: “Those who listen to music and songs in this world…on the Day of Judgement, molten lead will be poured into their ears.”
Musicians caught performing were beaten and thrown in jail for forty days. That’s how things were for five years.
But when Kabul was liberated, one of the first things you noticed in the streets was music.