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Elaha Soroor and Kefaya

Afghanistan/UK

Afghan folk songs meet rock, electronica and dub

Certain record labels have always been the mark of quality, when you could buy any of its releases ‘blind’ without fear that you would be anywhere close to disappointed with your purchase. Labels like 4AD and World Circuit are proof of this theory. So too is Bella Union, the labour of love of former Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde and the label that gave us Fleet Foxes, John Grant and Beach House. The collaboration between the duo Kefaya and Afghan singer Elaha Soroor represents one of its more recent signings,a partnership whose album Songs Of Our Mothersis a splendid reimagining of Afghan folk music, spliced together with rock, electronica, dub and much else besides. The folk songs, traditionally sung by Afghan women, tell of struggle and persecution under successive regimes. As a result, Elaha sings them for “those women around the world whose image has been erased and whose voice has been forbidden”.