Beautiful Is Her Tunic! Its Neck Adorned With A Row Of Silver…

This song is from the album “Chants des Pashai”, a collection of 17 Pashai songs from different villages in the Dara-e-Noor valley. They were collected between 1970-1971, recorded by Pribislav Pitoeff. You can listen to the entire album for free, and it’s available for purchase on Amazon as well. 

I recommend listening to these songs if you want to know how rural Afghan folk music that isn’t in Pashto or Dari sounds like. A lot of Afghans would probably be surprised to hear songs like “At The River, You Appeared To Me" (from the album ‘Chants des Pashai’) because it’s nothing like the popular Pashto or Dari songs they’re used to hear. 



Landscapes of Nuristan province, Afghanistan. 1978. 

Photographs by Roland and Sabrina Michaud. 



AFGHANISTAN. Pashai villagers from the Dara-e-Noor valley in northern Nangarhar, bordering Kunar and Laghman. 

Photographs by Todd Huffman and Jen Cohen



The beautiful valley of Dara-e-Noor in northern Nangarhar (bordering Kunar and Laghman), inhabited by Pashais. 

Photographs by Dara-e-Noor (Facebook page) and Qudratullah Jahid.



KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN. Chitral district. Lacking a car, a family transports grain by cable car.
Photograph by J. Bruce Baumann.

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN. Chitral district. Lacking a car, a family transports grain by cable car.

Photograph by J. Bruce Baumann.



CHITRAL DISTRICT, KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN. Kalash people. 

Scans from Fosco Maraini - Incontro con l’Asia - De Donato, Bari, 1973 (via chaudron).



Pashai people, eastern Afghanistan

Photographs by Karl Wutt in Pashai: Landschaft, Menschen, Architektur (1981). 

In 1975 and 1976, still before the military putsch and the Soviet invasion, Karl Wutt studied the architecture and music of three Pashai groups: the Sum, the Shinganek, and the Chugani. Karl Wutt is the author of the only work documenting the architecture of the Pashai that is based on pre-Islamic forms. [x] (Pashai people, along with their Nuristani neighbors, are recent converts to Islam and have thus retained some of their pre-Islamic culture). 



AFGHANISTAN. Nuristan province. 1992.
Photograph by Steve McCurry.

AFGHANISTAN. Nuristan province. 1992.

Photograph by Steve McCurry.



AFGHANISTAN. Nuristan province. 1992.
Photograph by Steve McCurry.

AFGHANISTAN. Nuristan province. 1992.

Photograph by Steve McCurry.



AFGHANISTAN. Nuristani villager, Nuristan province. 1992.
Photograph by Steve McCurry.

AFGHANISTAN. Nuristani villager, Nuristan province. 1992.

Photograph by Steve McCurry.