7 months Afghan Idol winner vows to fight Taliban with music Manilatimes |World
KABUL: The first woman to win the Afghan version of “American Idol” says she will fight the Taliban with her music, embracing a victory rich in symbolism as her country faces an uncertain future. Zahra Elham won the 14th edition of “Afghan Star” last week, after male contestants took the prize in the hugely popular televised singing competition 13 years in a row. Elham, from Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazara minority, enchanted audiences with her high-pitched, raspy voice, performing Hazara and Persian folk music in traditional loose, colorful Afghan dresses and heels. The result made international headlines at a time when many ... more