The Burka Band claim to be Afghanistan's first girl group. My initial reaction to seeing this video was that it was an elaborate hoax: a bunch of Williamsburg kids in bed sheets but the background city scapes looked pretty real. A little googling reveals that this video was actually done in 2003 (well before the youtube era) and, as is usually the case when searching for information about obscure bands, it turns out that WFMU has been playing them for years. Who knew?
According to this article:
Nargiz started the Burka Band when she met a German music producer in Kabul in late 2002. The producer was teaching Afghans to play modern music, and Nargiz learned to play the drums. One day she wondered why all the burkas in Kabul were blue, and together with two friends she wrote the song "Burka Blue" which is about burkas and the way you feel when you wear them...
"Of course it was a joke to sing in the burkas, but it was also necessary to wear them. If people in Afghanistan knew who the members of the Burka Band were, we could be attacked or killed because there are still a lot of religious fanatics here", says Nargiz, who hasn't told any of her friends that she has played in the Burka Band.
This all reminded me of the following old internet chestnut: the burka license (though I've edited out the last name and address). Not sure if it's real or not but I like the choice of "hidden" as the eye color.