Barber-turned-rapper crowned ‘Afghan Star’ in talent show

March 21, 2017 By Tommy Wilkes KABUL (Reuters) – A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show that offered its audience some relief from daily stories of insurgents and suicide bombs. Sayed Jamal Mubarez, from Afghanistan’s long-marginalized Hazara ethnic minority, won viewers over with lyrics capturing both the hope and despair of young people living through a war against Taliban militants now in its sixteenth year. “Afghan Star”, modeled on singing contests popular across the world, is in its 12th season on Afghanistan’s biggest private television…

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