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Combat Rock Tour: White City


©Travis Beard / Argusphotography

Afghanistan's only super-band that caters for Western tastes, White City, has just returned from a 10-day tour of neighbouring Tajikistan. White City rocked screaming teenagers, appreciative expats and oblivious pensioners alike in the former Soviet state with their progressive Lo-fi and pumping electro house supplied by their resident DJ City Power.


 

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4 members of the band leave Kabul for the Tajik border sing all the way.

Charikah, Kabul, Afghanistan - 23/10/2008

 

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The members have to use the 'Masoud' boat to cross the river after being refused permission to cross on the newly constructed multimillion dollar bridge.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Afghanistan - 23/10/2008

 

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Crossing into Tajikistan was a joyous affair.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 23/10/2008

 

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The Tajik border police were interested in our reason for travel and we convinced them of our musicianships with a impromtu jam.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 23/10/2008

 

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the ppolice then took over theshow and played traditional Soviet songs for us.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 23/10/2008

 

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Foinally in Dushanbe members checked out the city sites

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 24/10/2008

 

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The first gig was at an Irish Bar and they were joined by local star USHER

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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The first gig was at an Irish Bar and they were joined by local star USHER

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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the crowd was very stiff to start with

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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Maral showed wht females in the crowd how it should be done

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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All the sudden the crowd was rocking to Archies lyrics

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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Virtuoso guitarist Archie impresses himself as well as the crowd

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 25/10/2008

 

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Saxaphonist Diego brings some soul into the music makeup

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 25/10/2008

 

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Maral sings up a storm with her powerful voice.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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Maral enjoys the music as much as the crowd and bangs her head in time.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 25/10/2008

 

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DJ City Power keeps the crowd pumping after white city finishes

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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At the Tajik Music Museum, White City jams with local bands to stimulate the small but talented community

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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Archie and Travis busk with a elderly lady to the amusements of locals

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 29/10/2008

 

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The old lady gets into the groove and they make some good earnings for her.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 29/10/2008

 

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White City head up into the mountains for some relaxation

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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White City discover a sanatorium and decide to offer their services.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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Taking the Soviet era centre by storm, the management dont know what to make of the visitors

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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Finally the head doctor imforms that they are welcome to play for the residents

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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White city rocks out accoustic tunes to a 200 plus audience of 50 years and over

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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The residents continue to consume there food as white city entertains them.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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Back in the hotel, the boys conduct a drunken jam.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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composition of famous Afghan singer Farad Darya are scribbled int a note book.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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A second jam seesion is organised with local band 28 days after tomorrow

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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Again the mission is to stimluate musical communication between bands in Afghanistan and Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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Back in Dushanbe the recording sessions are mixed with fine precision.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 28/10/2008

 

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White City is a family that eats, sleeps and rocks together.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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Maral and fellow White City band Member Travis discuss a song they are writing together.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 28/10/2008

 

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A lot of new material is created in their appartment.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 26/10/2008

 

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Combat Rock Tour (message of peace). Fake guns will be used and broken in a symbol of their anti-arms message.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 28/10/2008

 

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Archie hits the streets of Dushanbe to promote their big saturday concert

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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Travis hits the streets of Dushanbe to promote their big saturday concert

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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Travis hits the streets of Dushanbe to promote their big saturday concert

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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Archie hits the streets of Dushanbe to promote their big saturday concert

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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Meanwhile, back in Kabul singer pernille and trumpeter Clem board a military flight for Dushanbe

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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singer pernille and trumpeter Clem board a C130 military flight for Dushanbe

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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Clem does not miss the opportunity to play for the soldiers on board.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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Now with all the band together its time to go shopping for new costumes

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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Combat Rock tour is complete with Soviet era uniforms as the band rocks the Irish bar for a second week.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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The addition of Clems horns and harmonica beefs up the wind section.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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two powerful voices and two beautiful women make the stage show for white city unbeatable.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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The White City band stops for a group shot after the concert is a success.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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Drummer Andreas wears a Tshirt symbolising their stance on arms.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 31/10/2008

 

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French NGO Bactria organise a bunker electro house after-party at their residence.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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White City board a 'tour bus' for their final concert at the State Youth Cinema

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 30/10/2008

 

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French NGO Bactria has printed flyers for the promotion of the concert featuring 3 local bands and White City

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 29/10/2008

 

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The crowd is made of of live music starved, screaming teenagers.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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28 days after tomorrow rocks the young dushnabe crowd

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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Second band of the night is Christian Rock band United.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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Archie takes to the stage and rocks a improvised song with United

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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Husher gets the girls screaming with his love ballads.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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White City take to the stage and rock the socks off the corwd

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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White City's combination of impressive stage show and rocking tunes works well

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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Drummer Andreas gets an evil look in his eyes while doing a drum solo.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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Iranian singer Maral gives some loving to the camera as the band rocks the crowd

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 01/11/2008

 

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The tour is a success and the band returns to Afghanistan they way they came, except this time they crack a bottle of champagne in celebration.

Dushanbe, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan - 03/11/2008



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