Ru: A lot of what White City does is with the help with and under the umbrella of Combat Comms: an ‘anonymous international collective bringing new art forms to Afghanistan’s youth’.
From graffiti projects to video collages, Combat Comms has supported White City from the start with our photos and live shows and means we’re not just making music in isolation – we’re working with artists, videographers, journalists, musicians and more. Kabul has a thriving art and music scene often involving fusion between Afghan and international style. Check out Combat Comms’ site by clicking on the icon to the right and you might be surprised at what goes on here in Kabul.
Talking of multimedia - here’s an old radio documentary I made in London as a student about black rock music. It’s very rough around the edges and a bit out of date, but the interviews are still interesting.
White City started out as a covers band five years ago, but soon got bored of playing Lynyard Skynard and Van Morrison on demand.
As is the way in Afghanistan, people come and go. Here is a roll of honour of all the people who have helped make White City great.
James: Vinyl DJ
Clement: Trumpet and harmonica
Trygve: Guitar, bass and banjo
Alain: Bass guitar
Richard: Bass guitar
More details to come soon…
31st March – Big In The Stans kicks off with the official tour kick-off party in Afghanistan
2nd week of April – Tajikistan
3rd week of April – Kyrgyzstan
4th week of April – Kazakhstan
1st week of May – Uzbekistan
Keep checking for new demos and live sessions
Ru: we did our first photoshoot on top of Kulola Pushta hill in Shar-e-Nau, Kabul.
Check out the set on our flickr site
Welcome to the all new White City blog. This is where the band will be sharing their touring, gigging, recording and general band exploits.
White City are a three-sometimes-four-piece rock band formed in Kabul, Afghanistan.
After playing in and around Kabul for five years, first as a cover band, then writing originals, the band decided to hit the road in 2011 and attempt to play every country ending in ‘stan.
Over the next six months they’ll play Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan, while catching it all on film.
They’ll share photos, videos, songs and their impressions of Central Asia from forgotten Soviet towns to the hustle and bustle of eastern bazaars.
The band are:
Andreas (drums/backing vox/keys) – A Swede, who grew up in communes in Sri Lanka, he’s been in and out of Afghanistan doing good since 2001
Ru (vox/bass) – A Brit, who’s spent the last two years in Kabul shooting videos and making music
Travka (guitar/sounds) – An Aussie, who first came to Afghanistan with the American invasion in 2001. He’s a film-maker, photographer and graffiti artist
Archie (guitar/sounds/backing vox) – Our French roving member and producer, most often found jamming late into the night with any musicians he can find, from cellists to rubab players.