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Women Singers in Global ContextsMusic, Biography, Identity$
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Ruth Hellier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037245

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.001.0001

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Zainab Herawi

Zainab Herawi

Finding Acclaim in the Conservative Islamic Culture of Afghanistan

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(p.194) 10. Zainab Herawi
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Women Singers in Global Contexts
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Veronica Doubleday

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.003.0011

This chapter deals with the life and career of Zainab Herawi. She began her singing career as a child apprentice in the Herat region of Afghanistan in the 1940s, within the context of a class-based society, where singing by women was considered to be morally questionable. Zainab's is a story of unfulfilled fame because, although she was invited to sing for Kabul Radio when twenty-seven, family and background pressures and constraints led to her returning home, where she continued to sing for wedding celebrations. As a series of choices and struggles involving the interfacing domains of family, location, religion, and vocality, her life as a local singer with a large family was one of frequent anguish and frustration; yet her songs live on in the narratives and performances of musician and scholar Veronica Doubleday.

Keywords:   Zainab Herawi, class-based society, women singers, Kabul Radio, family pressures, religion, vocality, Veronica Doubleday

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