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Afghanistan’s first female rapper says threats won’t stop her from making her voice heard.
“How long should we keep this silence?” Sosan Firooz said in an interview with CBS. “There’s a need for people to rise up. And others should follow.”
Firooz and her family have begun to receive death threats since the 23-year-old released her first single, “Our Neighbors,” on YouTube earlier this fall.
“Listen to my story! Listen to my pain and suffering!” Firooz says in the song, which boasts over 75,000 hits on the website.
The young woman has been hit with a series of menacing text messages demanding that she stop performing. Her mother recently received an anonymous phone call with a similar message.
“They told her ‘If your daughter appears on TV again, we will cut off your head,’” Firooz explained.
But none of the risks have deterred Firooz, who makes history performing in front of men, clad in western clothes, in a country where social norms keep women out of the spotlight.
“Everyone wants to be unique, to do something no one else has done before,” said Firooz, who hails from an impoverished neighborhood in north Kabul.
Firooz’s music hits on a variety of different topics, including the repression of women and her desire for a peaceful Afghanistan.