DJ Besho

by Nathan Hamm on 5/12/2006 · 71 comments

BBC has a story on rap in Afghanistan. They report that it is causing anxiety in some, but that it is wildly popular with youth. Foreign videos are often carefully edited by TV stations to avoid causing offense. Afghanistan’s local rap star, DJ Besho, avoids the language and imagery that cause worry among cultural conservatives.

For DJ Besho the usual preoccupation of rap music with sex is far too controversial to contemplate, at least when he is in Afghanistan.

“People like 50 Cent want to show their money and the ‘pimping’ side of rap music,” he said.

“I want to write about my country and I want to write about love. I don’t use swear words and I have even used texts from the Koran in my music.”

For war-weary Afghanistan rap music’s other dominant theme, a casual preoccupation with street violence and guns, is unlikely to prove a popular draw.

DJ Besho’s subject matter thus far has remained studiously uncontroversial. In one song he adapted an old Afghan tune to sing about his love for Afghanistan. In another he sang in restrained tones about a beautiful girl with captivating dark eyes.

So, here ’tis.

More storis about DJ Besho can be found at e-Ariana, The Globe and Mail, and the San Francisco Chronicle.


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{ 21 comments }

moaid August 4, 2006 at 10:42 am

tu khub asti family khub as

mariam August 20, 2006 at 5:54 pm

well wat can i say about u besho jaan u r great … i loved the song it’s very very gud….and for the people who doesn’t understand this i just want to say one thing to them ( plz go and learn farsi ) watever u do but ur background is afghani and shame on u guys and ur parents who can’t teach their childrens farsi …

DiZzZy_GuRL August 28, 2006 at 6:56 am

BeSho Ur tOp MaN..DaRi RaPZ ruLe..nO OffEncE bUH paShto RApz r ShyT dey DOnT SouND guD..Itz BeTTA 2 KeEp pAshTO fOR cLAsSicAl sONgZ.. i AinT SayIN dIS cuZ im TaJIK CuZ i aiNT iM pAShtOOn…TuBAH bEsHO bESyaRR pEsH raFTi KaKa tHesE DaYZ EVErY AfghAn KnOWz U..WeLL dONE degA BAchEm..MAidA mIdA …U mUsT Be A miLLioNAirE By Now..KeEp iT uP gAngsTA..KeEp MaKIN aFGHaNZ prOud

Argaah September 13, 2006 at 2:28 am

SALAM .
thiis song is yhe first DARI RAP i have heard ! and i love this song/and my familie love’it 2.
GREAT JOB ;D
RESPECT FOR U AND THE TO THE OTHER GUYS HOW IS WHIT THIS VIDEO . . .
( DJ Bezho )

homan October 6, 2006 at 11:58 pm

i am proud of new genertion of brave afghanistan that now adays they sing the most famouse music RAP.
i am afgan and i love afghan youngs generation.
thanks bezhan jane kondozy for your best creation in afghanistan.
long live afghan boys and girls

NyNeLeVeN October 28, 2006 at 12:16 pm

wuts up afghanz and all othaz that read this…ne ways just makin a comment about dj besho…him talkin about love and not gunz and he is trying to bring a positive word on the street…its all good…even tho he was neva in the west..where RAP is at….so watch me come to Kabul City and Drop Classics….”NyNeLeVeN”..aka “the 5th LioN”….nuff respect to dj besho for coming to be the first….but i got a diff style…..diff lyrics…ne ways peace….ill make a surprise landing……start the Game in afghanistan…..i know there are many other they have the same idea…But i dont bout peace in AFG……………….easy…..

Frai October 31, 2006 at 6:35 am

Hey Bezho, You are outstanding. You know i am away from Afghanistan that is why i am missing your raps so much. So how can i download your raps?
By the way your mix rap was the best i think i liked that one so much. The one which you begin with Ahmad zahir’s song.
Ok wish you all the best. Waiting for more raps from you.
Best of luck BEZHOOO.

sxc lalila November 2, 2006 at 12:43 am

HeY AfgHAnZ n Dj BeHo Um I juSt LuV u sO mucH N PPLZ cum to melbourne coz i just luv u n ur so hot n even Aros parwiz iz so hot too. i luv u guys n my email address iz afg_4_eva59@hotmail.com. so yea????lol?
n dj besho make sure u send mi a pic of u>> xxx

from ANG Team November 3, 2006 at 7:07 pm

hi,
thx for ur support. Besho is right now in kabul to produce 3 new tracks.
our new WEBPAGE is comming soon online. Check it out :)))
http://www.beshomusic.com

peace to all

ANG & Besho

obaidullah November 3, 2006 at 11:58 pm

as I think Dj besho is the best he has brought a unique music to afghanistan , I support him and Iwish him to follow this way ashna from dehli

razia'e afghani ke ast kabuli November 18, 2006 at 6:59 am

mara ter az aashoqi namekonom aarosi yo yo yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaa kate jak kabulii πŸ˜› huhuhuuh

razia'e afghani ke ast kabuli November 18, 2006 at 7:06 am

boz amedem kate amem dar safem yo yo yo ma mekonom hip hop wa astom tip top yo yo yo akse ma namjaja amo bakse hip hope ma mjaja yo yo hihihihi πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

bibinen cheqa jod dorom khot goftom bon mara da korom ama ne hip hope ma tip top asta yooooooooooooouuuuu

razia'e afghani ke ast kabuli November 18, 2006 at 7:08 am

kho ena bas mekonom mekhostom jak zara sotetana ter konom khoda kona bofomen ke ma mazoq kardem
wa bare hama afghanae ma salam megom roze khush wa hamchenon shabe khus πŸ˜€

razia'e afghani ke ast kabuli November 18, 2006 at 7:22 am

here i come babyah cause i want stop babyah its the right time babyah to make some hip hop babyah, just be honest and say its tip tooooop babyahhhh πŸ˜› yeaaaaaaaaahhaaaaaaaaa ;P

razia'e afghani ke ast kabuli November 18, 2006 at 7:24 am

what do you think dj besho?
i will become a real star, i know that πŸ˜›

razia'e afghani ke ast kabuli November 23, 2006 at 11:33 am

eOw yo ho is the new afghan rapper?? MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BJAZOO KHAI KI DEGA?

bezhan'sgirl November 24, 2006 at 9:42 am

salam bezhan jan hope u are doing great i love ur songs especially rap all the people who think u dont sing good are gay lol add me if u have hotmail my email is up there^^^

sewita November 25, 2006 at 12:47 pm

tΓ© trotrotro bo aris parwiz jd tu chante trotrotr bien

Got Afghan Blo0d in me. November 28, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Hey, i think i will like this kind of rap, not swiaring and stuff like that and RESPECTing karu. I RESPECT you dawg. RESPECT is all u gatta have to get through life bro. Peace i g2g mom callin. a.k.a. Yonis

KHATERA November 30, 2006 at 5:57 pm

Sallam ba hamagi!
Bezhan jan ur doin a great job…. keep it up πŸ™‚ nd da guy dat has the ANG nick and says hes dj besho’s friend…..can u add me up.. my email is samandolak666@hotmail.com πŸ™‚ thnx hun …….

hamid January 23, 2007 at 3:13 am

Bezhan jan your the best raper in afghanistan

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