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Defying threats, Afghan singer Aryana comes home for women

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Mar 15, 2019 9:04 PM 1+ week ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Each time Aryana Sayeed, one of Afghanistan's most famous singers, returns to the country of her birth, she braves threats and endures scrutiny right down to her choice of clothes.

Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed is pictured at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Still, she returns often, as much to encourage women in a restrictive country as to share her music, a mix of pop and traditional songs.

"It's really hard for me as a female singer to carry on with my work in Afghanistan with the type of pressure that I have on my mind, the threats that I get on a regular basis, the attacks on social media," she said in an interview in Kabul.

Aryana, as she is usually known, had just finished performing last week on Afghan Star, a televised singing competition.

"People love to hear her voice. But they don't love her," said filmmaker Sadam Wahidi, who ...

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