We are Afghanistan’s hard rock band, one of the first modern music groups in Solothurn, weaving together metal, rock, alternative, and traditional Afghan style music. We co-headlined the first Afghan rock fest, Sound Central Festival 2011, performed regularly in Kabul and the region also performed at Rote Fabrik Zürich, Kaserne Basel, Dachstock Bern, Switzerland, Grabenhalle and have been covered by Rolling Stone, Aljazeera, CNN, and more. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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White Page was born after 30 years of war in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, a place where until 2002 music was banned. Our original blend of Western and Afghan music gives our rock a voice of it’s own. It is the voice of the new generation of Afghans and we have a message of peace for the world to hear!
- Our band formed in 2011 when Hojat Hameed (lead
guitar, violin), Reshad Afzali (percussion), and Ratib Ramish (bass) met as students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, located in Kabul, and soon added singer Maqsood Sadid (vocals, guitar).
- Working tirelessly throughout the years, we practiced and honed our sound through performances in settings such as the US Embassy of Kabul and, twice, at the historic Sound Central Festival, the largest alternative music festival in Central Asia and the first of its kind in Afghanistan.
- White Page and its members have enjoyed media coverage including Rolling Stone (2011,2011, 2012), NBC, Reuters, Aljazeera, Matador Network, Humanitarian Bazaar and many others.
- Outside of White Page, the accomplished members of the band have individually had the opportunity to travel and perform abroad in Europe and the United States, including concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York. These performances were covered by major media outlets including the New York Times,Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, CNN, NPR, ABC, BBC, Boston Globe, CBS, NBC, Al Jazeera and others!
- White Page drummer Reshad Afzali also performed live on CNN with Christiane Amanpour.
Now there is a new, blank page for Afghanistan. A white page over all the black pages of our history which reflects the adversity of a three decades-long war. This page must be written with good words, about the bright days of the past, present and future of Afghanistan’s development. Through music, we write the good words, the unsaid and unheard words of the Afghan people, the words of love which are in the hearts of Afghans everywhere. That’s why we are called White Page.
We are trying to make our first album “Fuck the War!” a meaningful message for our peers, not only in Afghanistan but around the world. This album is the culmination of our dreams, and not only represents the product of our hard work, but the success of the youth of our nation, and to help spread this peace message all over the globe.
White Page is an alternative Rock band, established on the 8th of March 2011. We stand for a new page, a clean slate, for Afghan music, specifically rock music and innovating new genres of rock in Afghanistan. Hojat Hameed, lead guitarist and leader of White Page, decided to establish a rock band, creating White Page on March 8, 2011 after agreeing with band members Rateb Ramesh (bass), Rabi Adib (guitar and vocals), and Reshad Afzali (drums) who were already active in the rock band at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Afghan Vision.
White Page began practicing in a small room on 6th street in Qala-e-Fatula, then moved to a smaller room in Karte Char and then to yet another place called, the Youth House. Eventually, after the volume of their rock music and the controversy caused by modern music in Kabul at that time, they moved to The Venue Restaurant back on 6th street in Qala-e-Fatula. Archibald Gallet, a French guitarist working in Kabul, began mentoring the band. Soon enough, White Page performed at Kabul’s Youth Festival and then ultimately, lit up the stage at Afghanistan’s first and biggest music festival, Sound Central 2011.
With Raby singing and Hojat soloing to a screaming crowd at the Babur Gardens ampitheater pictured by photographer David Gill inRolling Stone Magazine, White Page proved itself as the first hard rock band and one of the best in Afghanistan. After the festival, White Page members decided to compose their own songs.
Their first song was called ‘Fuck the war,’ the name later changed to ‘Stop the war’ because of the social and cultural conditions in Afghanistan. This song blends Afghani music with 7/8 rhythm expressing three decades of war and the issues of this period in Afghanistan. The band’s second song is ‘Bridge,’ expressing the conceptual bridge between Afghanistan and countries around the world, composed based on band leader Hojat Hameed’s travel to the USA as the first Afghan Rock Ambassador in December 2011.
Hojat performed live on violin in New York with the Middle Eastern-American band, Copal. He jammed with musicians from the bands The Casualty Process (Iran) and Mostar ‘96 (USA) and had the first meeting for solidarity between Afghan and Iraqi rock bands when he connected with Marwan Hussein of thrash band Acrassicauda.
After an excellent performance at the American University of Afghanistan in March 2012, White Page decided to separate for a time. The decision came when the band faced major problems like having little equipment, limited resources, and facing huge barriers for recording their first album. By June 2012, Hojat reformed the band with Reshad Afzali (drums), Sasan Fanoos (bass), and Maqsood Sadid (vocals and guitar).
In February 2013, Hojat and Reshad had the tremendous opportunity to tour the United States with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music orchestra, being featured personally on CNN, MSNBC, and many other media. Today, White Page is preparing for Sound Central Festival 2013 and is planning with global allies for its first rock music performances outside Afghanistan.
Now there is a new and blank page, a clean slate or tabula rasa, for Afghanistan music, a white page over all black pages which reflect adversity of three decades war. It could be written good words, good days of Afghan people and unsaid and unheard words of them, the words which are in their hearts, looking toward the recovery of Afghanistan. That’s why the band is called “White Page.”
We left the war torn Afghanistan with this hope that some day peace will come back again and we had this goal in our mind that we will keep this ambition, passion and we will keep our band alive, let it integrate and flourish in Switzerland a great country which has centuries of great music history and we will carry on our mission of entertaining people on every platform.
Much love from Switzerland!
— White Page