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November 09, 2007



Great post, I'd never heard of the group before. While some of the setting is pretty convincing, I find it nearly impossible to believe this is legit. In fact, the music sounds suspiciously like Super Alisa's work. I don't know much about Super Alisa, except she's a Russian based electro artist that enjoys generous doses of ironic, ethnic nostalgia. In one video, she portrays herself as a Soviet-era pop star, acid washed jeans, crimped hair in a kickass sideways ponytail, dripping with kitsch. It comes off as pretty authentic, oddly alluring, and about as cutting edge (intentionally) as the Soviet Zaporozhets. In another "concert video", she dons an equally bizarre costume, looking something like a Middle Eastern princess covering Kraftwerk for her Super Sweet 16 Party on Saudi MTV. For "Robot Vodyanoy", Super Alisa fills a few more Russian stereotypes, a clog-wearing agrarian groovemaster and ghetto-tough Russian diva showing her sensitive side (or something).

Obviously, the music is pretty similar, but that's not especially surprising considering the Burka Babe's blend of electro-cheese is a pretty familiar sound. The vocals aren't exactly a convincing match, but I've chosen to believe my theory anyway.

Scott Anger

i seem to recall this being outed as a hoax. the folks at ata tak cooked the whole thing up. i remember a friend sending me an MP3 around the same time this video was made. it's probably still on the old mac at my parents' house. still, interesting to see them crop up again.


WOW! They make the Shaggs seem like Beethoven


no, this is not a hoax. The two guys from Atatak, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator and Frank Fenstermacher got an invitation from the Goethe-Institute to stage a "Pop-Music"-Workshop in Kabul. They were joined by Saskia von Klitzing, with whom they play in the famous german group Fehlfarben. In Kabul they recorded the song and the video. It was all done in secrecy because the afghan musicians feared some attacks after making fun of burkas. But they staged a concert there protected by soldiers from the international corps over there.

The singer of the Burka Band then came to Germany and they played at the Pop.Komm-Festival in the summer opening up for Fehlfarben and Blumfeld.


Of course this is a hoax. There's no such thing as a "burka". You expect me to believe that there's a culture that advocates women wearing portable tents and being aggresively un-sexy? Next thing, you'll be telling me that there are men who make whopee with other men...preposterous!


Great stuff, I hope they are safe and keep making music.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
rock and roll is evil

it's the devil's best music
and dancing to it is sin

absurd thought -
God of the Universe hates
infidel songs...

people listen to music
one by one we learn more truths



Alas, Burka Band is no more. The following is an excerpt

"The Burka Band never performed in Afghanistan, but during
a trip to Germany they performed at a big concert in Cologne.
Unfortunately, Nargiz couldn't join the band in Cologne
because she had to work, but she followed the events from her
home in Kabul.

At the moment the band is no longer active. Nargiz would like
to play again, but for the moment it is simply not possible.
“It will probably take 10 years before we will have real girl
bands here in Afghanistan,” says Nargiz.

The lead singer of the Burka Band has moved to Pakistan because
she can't live as a singer in Afghanistan, and the guitarist has
a regular job.

So, the only way you can currently experience the Burka Band is
through video. On film, the first and only Afghan girl band lives
on, with their headphones over their burka-covered heads and the
drumsticks swinging."

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