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Musician-filmmaker Ariana Delawari goes from LA to Afghanistan




Ariana Delawari, Afghan American musician/filmmaker/activist. Photo by Shelby Duncan. Make Up by Megumi Asai
Ariana Delawari, Afghan American musician/filmmaker/activist. Photo by Shelby Duncan. Make Up by Megumi Asai
Photo credit: Shelby Duncan

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ARIANA DELAWARI MAKES MUSIC & FILM IN FAMILY'S HOMELAND

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"We Came Home" is L.A. singer-songwriter and filmmaker Ariana Delawari’s debut documentary. It follows her first journey (and subsequent journeys) to Afghanistan following the US invasion in 2002, which broke the Taliban’s authoritarian stranglehold of the country. The film documents the recording of her first album "Lion of Panjshir" which is made in Kabul in collaboration with Afghan master musicians. It also tells the story of her father Noor Delawari’s decades long advocacy and activism on behalf of the Afghan people and his role in helping to rebuild the county’s central banking system. The album "Lion of Panjshir" was produced by director/musician David Lynch, and his wife Ellen Lynch also co-produced "We Came Home" which is on itunes now. Steven Cuevas conducts the interview with Ariana Delawari. 

LOS TEXMANIACS COVER WOODY GUTHRIE'S "DEPORTEE"

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Max Baca’s Texas-based Tejano band Los Texmaniacs are up for their second Grammy for the album "Cruzando Borders" (Crossing Borders). A collection of covers and original songs, the album explores the themes of immigration, migrant farm workers, and Mexican-American identity. One of the center pieces of the album (and our segment) is a cover of Woody Guthrie’s ‘Deportee’ – a song that tells the story of a little known plane crash in Fresno Country in which 28 Mexican farmworkers were killed as they were being deported back to Mexico. This non-narrated segment was produced by Steven Cuevas.

BOZ SCAGGS STILL SINGS THE BLUES

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Guest host Steven Cuevas talks with musician Boz Scaggs who, 50 years after his first album, is still exploring the music that's been his touchstone. This time in his 2018 album "Out of The Blues" which has been nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary Blues Album category.