E. Shawn Qaissaunee - Afghan Jazz Project

July 6, 2007

Instrument of innovation: Newark musician embraces his past and present with fusion of Afghan music and American jazz

By CHRISTOPHER YASIEJKO, The News Journal

For years, the long, narrow neck of the dutar adorned a living room wall of E. Shawn Qaissaunee's Newark home as an object of art, a wooden teardrop, an indigenous Afghan instrument whose presence connected him to his late father and to the city, Kabul, where E. Shawn was born but a city he did not know.

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