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WASHINGTON  –  The Embassy of Afghanistan will be hosting a reception to celebrate the publication of Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar: Children’s Songs from Afghanistan and honor its author Dr. Louise Pascale.

For many years, Louise Pascale dreamed of the songs she heard as a young volunteer in Afghanistan, songs that she feared had been lost forever. Today Ms. Pascale has partnered with a number of cultural organizations and talented Afghan artists to create a stunning book and melodic CD of songs that have been making expatriate Afghans long for their childhood and their country. 

The songbook project began in 1966 when Ms. Pascale was a United States Peace Corps volunteer living in Kabul. During her service, Ms. Pascale worked with Afghan poets and musicians to create a children’s songbook to be distributed to the local schools. Almost four decades later Ms. Pascale made a commitment to return the songs, now almost completely lost from the culture, back to the children of Afghanistan. 

Through a partnership with Ayenda: The Afghan Children Initiative, the National Geographic Society, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education and celebrated Afghan musician Vaheed Kaacemy, Dr. Pascale was able to make her dream a reality. Mr. Kaacemy has recorded 16 songs in Farsi, Pushto, Uzbeki and Hazara as an accompaniment to the songbook.  Arsalan Lutfi, a talented Afghan graphic designer and President of TriVision Studios created the book’s attractive design.

For more information or to order the songbook, visit the Folk Arts Center of New England website

Who:                    Said T. Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan

                             Shamim Jawad, Founder of AYENDA: The Afghan Children’s Initiative

                             Dr. Louise Pascale, Founder and Author of Qu Qu Qu Barg-e 

                             Chinaar: Children’s songs from Afghanistan

When:                 Friday, March 2 2007

                            6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Where:              Embassy of Afghanistan

                          2001 24th St. NW

                          Washington, DC 20010

REGISTRATION: Accredited members of the media are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Joshua Gross:  [email protected] , (202) 292 4285 



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