by HAJI MAJI
Abdel Hamid Kandahari is a Pashtun from Kandahar. Here he sings Cheeri Kariwan on the Russian state-owned label CCCP. This was likely produced by Radio Kabul around 1960. The ensemble consists of rabob, tanbur and sarangi. Unfortunately, the fundamentalist psychopaths known as Taliban have destroyed most of Afghanistan’s remaining cultural artifacts, including whatever 78s they could get their hands on.
CCCP is not a label name, but it stands for ‘USSR’ in Russian. This one was most likely to be made by Melodiya – the state-owned Soviet record company, as far as I know the ONLY record label in CCCP, erm, USSR. check this out: