Farhad Darya

When the Taliban was driven from Kabul, music was once again allowed. The first song played on Radio Afghanistan was Kabul Jaan, by Farhad Darya, an Afghan singer in exile since 1990. Now living in Sterling, Va., he spoke with TIME's Jeffrey Ressner.

Q: What does Kabul Jaan mean?

A: It means "Beloved Kabul."

Q: What are some of the lyrics?

A: "Beloved Kabul/Let me sing limitless songs for the agony of the Afghans/For my homeless, wandering people/Let me sing from Iran down to Pakistan."

Q: Was it a hit before you left?

A: No. I composed the song in Afghanistan,...

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