For a country in which the U.S. has spent over $500 billion waging war, for over a decade, Afghanistan’s people and culture are little known by Americans. But then, how much did we ever know about Iraq?

So you probably didn’t know that Ustad Farida Mahwash, arguably the world’s most famous singer of Afghani music, is living and working in nearby Fremont, and that that East Bay city is now home to tens of thousands of her countrymen, to whom she is a precious connection to musical memories of their troubled homeland. Recordings of this music are few and hard to find. But, thanks to Cal Performances, you’ll be able to witness Mahwash’s powerful and affecting performance for yourself on June 2, accompanied by the virtuosic Sakhi Ensemble at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

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