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'First' Afghan female rapper seeks reason with rhymes

Published on Jan 3, 2013 12:40 PM
This picture taken on Dec 10, 2012 shows Soosan Feroz, 23, (right) Afghanistan's first female rap musician, practicing with Afghan pop musician Farid Rastagar at a recording studio in Kabul. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - Sporting a long leather coat and western jeans under a headscarf, Soosan Feroz looks like many modern women in Kabul.

But she is a surprising new phenomenon in this conservative Islamic country - the nation's first female rapper.

Her lyrics though are not unfamiliar for many of her fellow countrywomen - she raps of rape, abuse and atrocities that Afghan women have endured during decades of war in a country gripped by poverty.

"My raps are about the sufferings of women in my country, the pains of the war that we have endured and the atrocities of the war," Feroz told AFP in an interview in the office of a local company that is helping her record her first album, between local performances including at the United States (US) embassy in Kabul.

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