– Listening to Afghan traditional music –

Due to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, sad images of the country might be the first thing to come to mind. However, it used to be the meeting point of the ancient trade routes known as the Silk Road. At that time, there was a diversity of people and cultures interacting and they made music together while uniting. At this concert, you will experience some emotional melodies through a traditional stringed instrument rubab from this region and emotional music which holds nostalgia made by an old poet. Please enjoy their music while thinking about Afghanistan, called utopia, where the beautiful land spreads out vastly.

The concerts proceeds are going to help the activities of Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) in Afghanistan. Today, JVC has been working on finding out a way of non-violent resolution, practicing peace actions and supporting non-formal literacy lessons in rural areas which is away from the cities. Please come participate in international cooperation through fun music. We are sincerely looking forward to you visiting our concert.

DATESunday, May 19, 2019
TIME First performance 1:00 pm, Second performance 4:00 pm
(After the music performance, we will have a convivial party with performers. Some wine and tea will be provided.)
LOCATION Maestrora Music Academy
Wako Gyoen Bldg B1, Shinjuku 1-1-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
(Information map)
ACCESS 3 min-walk from Shinjuku-gyoemmae station (Marunouchi Line)
7 min-walk from Yotsuya-sanchome station (Marunouchi Line)
10 min-walk from Shinjuku-sanchome station (Marunouchi Line or Fukutoshin Line)

The duo consists of Keiichi SATOW (stringed instruments) and Chisato YAGI (vocal and percussion). It was formed in 2007 as an only duo in Japan that specializes in Afghan music.

They have been performing over 300 concerts throughout Japan. They performed for a lot of big events including one at the embassy of Afghanistan when the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, came visit Japan. They also played for the former director of Afghan National Museum, Omara Khan Massoudi, at his inauguration of emeritus professor of Tokyo University of the Arts. They also supported Gul Zaman, the famous national singer in Afghanistan, in his performance in Japan. They continue to spread knowledge about Afghanistan through music.
♪ Shakoko jan
Give a life for Shakoko (folk song)

♪ Mola Mahmad jan
Let’s go to Mazar-i-Sharif (folk song)

♪ Watan janat neshan de
Since this country is like heaven, let’s plant lots of flowers (music by Ustad Awalmir)

♪ Begzar ta begiriyam
Please let me cry on the farewell day (song by Ahmad Zahir with the lyrics by Saadi, the famous poet in the 13th century)

♪ Khoda buwad yaret
God will save you (song by Ahmad Zahir)

*We will briefly introduce the activities of JVC in Afghanistan before the concert and have a 30 min convivial party after the concert.
PARTICIPATION FEE 3,500 yen (middle school students and lower: 1,500 yen)

*Beverages and snacks in the party are included.
*Please make a reservation and payment in advance.
CAPACITY35 persons
ORGANIZERMaestrora Music Academy
COOPERATIONJapan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
HOW TO PARTICIPATE Please send an inquiry mail to:
Or call the Tokyo office of JVC at: 03-3834-2388

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