Afghanistan's first female rapper continues profession to support family despite death threats

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 03, 2012 15:10 hrs

Stage performances by women are not appreciated in Afghanistan, but a woman in the country has challenged the convention and performs rap in front of men in western clothes without a headscarf.

Sosan Firooz is Afghanistan's first female rapper, who supports her family by challenging social convention at great personal risk.

According to CBS News, by day, Firooz is a typical young Afghan woman, but by night, the 23-year-old is busy making history.

She is Afghanistan's first female rapper, performing in front of men, in western clothes, and without a headscarf.

"Everyone wants to be unique, to do something no one else has done before," asked if she thought that she's a rebel, Sosan said.

Her songs are not about broken hearts or flashy cars. Instead, she sings about the painful years her family spent in Iran as refugees when her father fled war-torn Afghanistan in 1990, the report said.

"'They called us dogs, they turned Afghans into addicts and terrorists,'" Sosan sings into the microphone.

And she also sings about the problems in her own country: "'We want to end cruelty against women and children,'" she added.

Sosan's song has been played on YouTube more than 75,000 times. She has even won praise, but she's also been warned to stop with threatening text messages, and recently, an anonymous phone call to her mother.

"They told her 'If your daughter appears on TV again, we will cut off your head,'" Sosan said.

Despite so many risks, Sosan is working on a new song, about what it's like to be a young woman in her Afghanistan, the report added. (ANI)

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