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Named after a Persian goddess of music, Zohra, the country’s first all-female orchestra is composed of 30 young women ranging in age from 13 to 20 years. This unique ensemble can be traced to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM). ANIM’s founder, Dr, Ahmad Naser Sarmast, was the first Afghan ever to earn a PhD in musicology. Let’s now hear an excerpt from Dr. Samast’s inspiring talk and a part of Zohra’s beautiful performance at the close of Davos 2017.