The Irish Writers' Centre welcomes Nasruddin Saljuqi, a leader of the Afghan community in Ireland, to launch his latest book, 'From Dubura to Guitar: The Diaspor of Afghan Musicians' on Friday, 21 March. This publication is aimed at those interested the history, organology and social context of Afghanistan music; and hopes to build an artistic relationship among Afghan Diaspora and western countries. The book also promotes integration via music nationally and internationally, develop the skills of Afghan immigrant musicians who were displaced during war to western countries, shares example of integration by learning and performing music, and gives cultural awareness of diverse ethnic backgrounds and indigenous communities.
Speakers at the launch will include Sheryl Lynch, ethnomusicology lecturer at St. Patrick College, Dublin; Professor John Baily, musician and reader at Goldsmith University; Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qaderi, Islamic Theologian, who will speak on Music in Islam as well as the author himself, Nasruddin Saljuqi.
Guests can also look forward to a performance of traditional Afghan music given by John Baily, Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology at Goldsmith College London, and Veronica Doubleday, accomplished musician and music researcher. John and Veronica are a married couple and performed together at concerts and festivals throughout Europe and the US.