AFGHAN ROCK-POET AND PEACE ACTIVIST
When things collide, you always hear the sound. And the new sounds of Cultural Collision, the latest album by Afghan-American rocker Fereshta, are now being heard around the world.
After I was introduced to Fereshta and her music by Hollywood actor Fahim Fazli, I knew I had to learn more.
Cultural Collision was recorded late last year in Rio de Janeiro, and shows the beauty that results when a talented artist causes several great cultures to “collide” in music. P roduced by Grammy Award-winner Alan Sanderson and acclaimed singer/songwriter Zach Ashton, the album combines Fereshta’s love for American rock n' roll with her Afghan roots, authentic Brazilian grooves, the sounds of the world’s top rubab رُباب player, and much more.
It’s hard to categorize Fereshta and her music, which is becoming popular in both alt-rock and mainstream channels. Most music critics have not succeeded at defining her music, because it comes from such a broad collage of global and personal influences. But one thing is for sure - no one confuses Fereshta’s music with typical “new age” or “world music” genres. Her music is much edgier and more listenable than that. Fereshta moves with ease between alternative, hard rock, international, Afghan, and even classical rhythms and beats.... (more)
AFGHAN CELEBRITY AND THOUGHT LEADER INTERVIEWS
with Edward Zellem