German orchestra to record new Afghan anthem

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13 April 2006, BONN - The Beethoven Orchestra in the former German capital Bonn is rehearsing the new Afghan national anthem preparatory to recording a it next week, Deutsche Welle said Thursday.

13 April 2006

BONN - The Beethoven Orchestra in the former German capital Bonn is rehearsing the new Afghan national anthem preparatory to recording a  it next week, Deutsche Welle said Thursday.

The German radio and TV corporation is supporting the project to create a new anthem for the Asian nation.

The anthem's composer, Afghan-born Babrak Wassa, is to conduct the orchestra during the recording on Wednesday in Bonn, the city which was the birthplace of classic German composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Wassa, who has lived in Germany for 25 years, was commissioned by Afghanistan's ministry of culture to write the music.

From 1978 he was head of music director for radio and television in the Afghan capital Kabul. Wassa, 58, left Afghanistan for political reasons in 1980 and is now a German citizen living near Cologne.

He said he aimed for a melody that was "simple and catchy" and also "optimistic." The anthem's lyrics, which Afghanistan's government and parliament agreed on last autumn, celebrate the country as the homeland of many tribes.

DPA

Subject: German news

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