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I would be terrified if I was her !

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Afghanistan’s first female rapper won’t be deterred by death threats

Sosan Firooz's mother has been threatened with beheading if her daughter continues to perform in her native country

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Sosan Firooz, 23-year-old, Afghanistan's first female rapper.

CBS News

Sosan Firooz, Afghanistan's first female rapper, has received death threats since releasing her first single on YouTube. 

Afghanistan’s first female rapper says threats won’t stop her from making her voice heard.

"How long should we keep this silence?" Sosan Firooz said in an interview with CBS. “There's a need for people to rise up. And others should follow."

Firooz and her family have begun to receive death threats since the 23-year-old released her first single, “Our Neighbors,” on YouTube earlier this fall.

“Listen to my story! Listen to my pain and suffering!" Firooz says in the song, which boasts over 75,000 hits on the website.

FIRST FEMALE RAPPER MAKES HISTORY IN AFGHANISTAN

The young woman has been hit with a series of menacing text messages demanding that she stop performing. Her mother recently received an anonymous phone call with a similar message.

Afghanistan's first female rapper.

CBS News

Sosan Firooz raps about the repression of women in her native country and her desire for a peaceful Afghanistan. 

"They told her ‘If your daughter appears on TV again, we will cut off your head,’” Firooz explained.

But none of the risks have deterred Firooz, who makes history performing in front of men, clad in western clothes, in a country where social norms keep women out of the spotlight.

“Everyone wants to be unique, to do something no one else has done before,” said Firooz, who hails from an impoverished neighborhood in north Kabul.

Firooz’s music hits on a variety of different topics, including the repression of women and her desire for a peaceful Afghanistan.

She also raps about the difficulties of growing up as a child in neighboring Iran. She and her family fled there during the Afghan civil war of the 1990s.

"When war started in our country, there were bullets, artillery, rockets. All our trees were burned down. The war forced us to leave our country," she raps in Dari, one of country's two main languages.

Afghanistan's first female rapper.

CBS News

Sosan Firooz, clad in western clothes, regularly performs in front of men in Afghanistan. 

"We are hopeful for the future in our country. And we request that our neighboring countries leave us alone."

Afghan singer and composer Fared Rastagar, who helped Firooz record her first single, said the danger of being a woman on the stage in Afghanistan is real.

"Some female singers have stopped singing because of threats from the Taliban,” Rastagar told CBS. “Some have left the country.”

The producer, however, praised Firooz for continuing to put herself out there despite the risks.

"I admire Sosan for her courage and appreciate the support of her family," he told the AP when Firooz’s single dropped.

"Rap is needed here. We need to bring changes in all parts of life including music."

croberts@nydailynews.com

With News Wire Service

WATCH: FEMALE AFGHAN RAPPER RISKING HER LIFE TO SPREAD MESSAGE


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Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:10 PM

got tons of respect though

Connie04
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I would be terrifed, too, and yet she continues on.  She's got a lot of guts and I truly hope this is the beginning of a new way of life for these women. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM
1 mom liked this

Sometimes all it takes is one person to make a small difference and many more will follow so I hope so too :)

Quoting Connie04:

I would be terrifed, too, and yet she continues on.  She's got a lot of guts and I truly hope this is the beginning of a new way of life for these women. 


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM
Much respect, you're right. One person standing up means others will.
NewMom11222011
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Afghanistan's first female rapper-four words I never expected to see in one phrase.  Props!

Mama2Spencerninja

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

makes me happy to know there are people trying to make a difference for the better

Quoting NewMom11222011:

Afghanistan's first female rapper-four words I never expected to see in one phrase.  Props!


lulu_tattoos
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 8:35 PM
Rapping to make the country better? Yea... That'll help... Ghetto it up a bit and call it liberation.
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cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I commend her for doing this. I can't imagine how scary it must be for her and her family to be receiving death threats. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

why is rapping ghetto ? She's not talking about money and cars and shaking ass. She's speaking about her upbringing and injustice in her life in the country she's live in. How is this "ghetto" ?

Quoting lulu_tattoos:

Rapping to make the country better? Yea... That'll help... Ghetto it up a bit and call it liberation.


GertieK
by Silver Member on Mar. 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM
I don't think this will end well, but she does have strength.
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