Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

  • An Afghan musician plays the harmonium during a portrait in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • An Afghan musician poses for a portrait with his rubab in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Dairas, or tambourines, piled up in a shop in Kabul’s Old City, Afghanistan, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Dairas, or tambourines, piled up in a shop in Kabul’s Old City, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • An Afghan musician poses for a portrait with his dilruba in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • An Afghan musician holds a tabla during a portrait in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • DVDs of Afghan singers sit in a shop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. About a month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Two men plug a TV in the empty fashion clothing shop owned by Afghan pop-star singer Aryana Sayeed, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Sayeed decided to leave Afghanistan the day the Taliban took over Kabul. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Afghan luthier Mohammad Ibrahim Afzali holds a bucket with pieces of a broken harmonium inside his workshop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. In mid-August, he put away his tools, broke the instruments left in the workshop and closed down. Now the 61-year-old sells chips and snacks to help feed his family of 13. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

KABUL, Afghanistan — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is going quiet.