Afghanistan National Institute of Music wins the 2018 Polar Music Prize, together with Metallica.

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The Afghan National Musical Institute along with an American metallic band won the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm.The Pearl Music Prize is also known as the Nobel Prize for Music.


Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, who founded the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), receives the Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on June 14, 2018 during a ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.

According to the jury, the National Institute of Music of Afghanistan won the award  because the ANIM “revives Afghan music and shows you can transform lives through music.”The American metal band Metallica also won the award because of its extraordinary speed with notes of rock music to which it has never been featured.

“We believe that our two award winners from two conflicting worlds are typical examples of the Polar Music Award,” Marie Ledin, Managing Director of the Polar Music Prize and daughter of the late Stig Anderson, said in a statement. It is a great honor to change the activities of music and music organizations in the lives of people. “

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Sarmast said, “It was not too long ago that the Taliban forbid all music throughout Afghanistan and silenced our nation’s musical history….In recognition of the musicians who survived the silence (and) were forced to seek asylum abroad, and those who lost their lives upholding their musical rights, I raise this award in their honor.” 

The Polar Music Award is the highest Swedish music prize and is one of the most prestigious music awards in Europe, which is awarded annually to a classical artist and a pop artist or band. Of the candidates, only two individuals or groups can win the prize.

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The Afghan National Musical Instrument and the Metallica Music Group receive a cash prize of $ 124,000 from the Swedish King’s family today (Wednesday, February 14th).

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The Afghan National Musical Instrument has been working under the supervision of Ahmed Sarmast since 2010, and in this year a number of teenage girls and boys have been trained in music at the institute. The Muscle Institute of the Institute, as the first group of Afghan girls, performed musical compositions along with other international scenes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Ahmad Sarmast said that Marie Ledin, the manager of the award for the National Institute of Music in Afghanistan, has tried to “recreate the pleasure of music in the lives of children.”

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