Afghan Star, hosted by John Legend

Publisher:
iHeartPodcast Network, Kaleidoscope

Afghan Star, hosted by John Legend

4.5/5

Critic Rating

From the fall of the Taliban until its return, people all over Afghanistan planned their lives around Afghan Star. People would pack into apartments. Villages would hook up generators to a single tv so crowds could watch. New Year’s celebrations would come to a halt, all to watch this one show. Over its 15 seasons, Afghan Star spotlighted an Afghanistan that could be: women singing, Afghanistan’s first rapper, people of warring ethnic groups hugging and cheering for each other on stage. And it launched a cultural revolution. This is the story behind it all– from how a ragtag team scramb...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times May 20, 2024

"Legend does fine even if you never quite lose the sense of him reading from a script. In telling the story of a TV talent show, Legend and his team highlight the liberating and unifying power of music and what happens when it is lost."

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