The winners of the 2022 Aga Khan music prize were announced in Switzerland on Wednesday, with the 10 laureates having various identities and backgrounds, including one from Afghanistan.

According to a press release published by the Aga Khan Development Network, the honorees receive a cash award of $5,000 plus professional development opportunities that include commissions for the creation of new works, contracts for recordings and artist management, support for pilot initiatives of education and technical or curatorial consulting for music archiving, preservation and dissemination projects.

Daud Khan Sadozai, an Afghan musician who plays Rhubarba popular musical instrument is among the laureates of the 2022 Aga Khan Music Prize.

Daud Khan entered the world of music when he was only 17 years old and still Ustad Mohammed Omarthe “Sultan of Rubab” of Afghanistan.

According to his biography, after the death of his teacher, Daud Khan Sadozai emigrated to Germany, where he studied engineering. Later he traveled to India to study sarod, an adaptation of the Afghan rubab, with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He currently lives in Cologne, Germany, and although he has never returned to Afghanistan, his impact on the preservation, development and dissemination of Afghan music throughout the world has been pronounced and sustained. He has trained many young musicians of Afghan and non-Afghan origin in the unique Kabuli style of Hindustani raga performed on the Afghan rubab, as well as instrumental music from the regional folk traditions of Afghanistan. In addition to frequent appearances as a solo concert artist, he regularly participates in workshops and master classes dedicated to intercultural musical creation, where he is known as an inspiring and generous teacher.

The names of the awardees and brief biographies are as follows:

Special Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his highly visible model of enlightened cross-cultural musicianship who has elevated the status of tabla both in India and around the world through countless artistic collaborations, concert tours, commissions, recordings and bands movie sounds.

Singer and guitarist from Niafunké, Mali whose music blends acoustic guitar with local instruments to echo the sound of “desert blues” in a more earthy, tradition-based style.

Sarangi performer, singer, songwriter and community activist from the Langa hereditary music community of Rajasthan, who performs Sufi poetry to traditional and newly composed melodies.

  • Coumbane Mint Ely Warakane (Mauritania)

singer and garden (harpist) from Trarza, in southwestern Mauritania, who performs the music of Mauritanian griots in a deeply traditional style.

  • Daoud Khan Sadozai (Afghanistan)

Leading exponent of the Afghan rubab who has had a great impact on the preservation, development and dissemination of Afghan music throughout the world.

  • Peni Candra Rini (Indonesia)

Indonesian composer, improviser, vocalist, and educator whose knowledge of traditional Indonesian performing arts informs her creation of new works produced around the world.

Musician from Sarod who fuses his training in classical Hindustani music with pop, rock, electronic and film soundtracks to raise awareness of pressing social issues such as climate change, refugees and mental health.

  • Yahya Hussein Abdullah (Tanzania)

Singer-songwriter of devotional songs and Quran reciter from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, who composes and sings in Swahili as well as some of the 126 local languages ​​of Tanzania.

  • Yasamin Shahhosseini (Iran)

Leading young master of the oud who is reinventing the place of this instrument in Iranian music through her innovative compositions and improvisations.

Singer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, known as the Queen of Pashtun folklore for her career-long devotion to the orally transmitted traditional music of tribal Pashtuns.

According to the AKDN press release, the triennial awards, established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 2018, recognize exceptional creativity, promise and enterprise in music in societies around the world in which Muslims have a significant presence. .

The Aga Khan Music Awards reflect the conviction of His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of Ismaili Muslims, that music can serve as a cultural anchor, deepening a sense of community, identity and heritage, while it spreads powerfully to people from different backgrounds.

This comes as the performance of any kind of music and the playing of musical instruments have been banned in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country last year. According to the latest reports from Afghanistan, musical instruments were broken and set on fire and most musicians left the country in the last 14 months of Taliban rule.

The Taliban consider music prohibited and Haram based on their religious beliefs and the ‘supposed’ Sharia law they are imposing in Afghanistan.

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