I was searching for information on Nabi Misdaq, the author of Afghanistan: Political Frailty and Foreign Interference when I came across his rather interesting son. Misdaq is a British-trained anthropologist from Paktia province who was the head of BBC Pashto for about 20 years. I found that out with a quick google search, but I also came across someone called “Y. Misdaq AKA Yoshi.” I thought “huh?”
I turns out that Dr. Misdaq’s son is an Afghan-British musician and multimedia artist (according to wikipedia). A review of his 2004 album had this to say:
“Yoshi comes from a world where Sergio Leone, the RZA, anti-establishment politics, Middle Eastern strife, ambient Hip Hop, Akira Kurosawa and potent skunk exist in harmony…Managing to sound both ominous and chilled at the same time, this is obviously a deeply personal record about skewed perspectives, about looking at the UK from it’s marginal areas and wondering whether you’re a part of it.”
Pic of Y. Misdaq AKA Yoshi:
Misdaq, J.R. has published a book title Pieces of a Paki which you can see him talk about in a video here. The cover is plain white with a badly drawn figure in the middle. A voice off to the side says “You’re a Paki!” The figure says “No, I’m not!” The reply is “Yes, you are!”
I like that Yoshi’s book is £6.00 and Dr. Misdaq’s book is $160. Damn the academic press business.