A Break(dance) From the Elections: The Streets Hit the Kabul Stage

July 9, 2014 2:29 PM

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A Break(dance) From the Elections: The Streets Hit the Kabul Stage

"It's not raqs" said Nasir, captain of a mostly boys' breakdance crew in Kabul, Afghanistan, as he raises his arms and wiggles his shoulders in a caricature of the rhythmic, upper-body dominated dance characteristic of Afghan weddings. "It's dance."

Though "raqs" actually means "dancing" in both Dari and Pashto, the languages of Afghanistan, Nasir and crew shy away from the word. Social dance and music are still touched by conservative taboo here. But, even more importantly, their insistence on the use of the word "dance" appears a matter of ac...

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