The Afghan Children’s Songbook Project strives to revitalize the children’s music of Afghanistan which was almost completely eradicated by the war and oppression that has afflicted Afghanistan for over 30 years. Fifty thousand copies of the songbook, Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar: Children’s Songs from Afghanistan and Awasan See Sana have been distributed to pre-schools, elementary schools and orphanages and traveling libraries across Afghanistan. The songbook includes a CD and a cassette tape. It has been used both to introduce children to the vibrant music of Afghanistan and also as a basic literacy text. The songbook is printed with bright colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text, making it fun for children to listen to the CD and read along.
There is a hardback English version of Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar which includes a CD, translations and transliterations of all the songs, musical notation and liner notes about each song. This version is a wonderful resource for educators and parents wanting to learn more about children’s music in Afghanistan. Afghans living outside Afghanistan are delighted to finally have these songs back into their lives again. There is also a soft cover Dari version of Awasana See Sana which includes a CD and lyrics in Dari, Pashto, Hazaragi and Uzbeki.