Kabul Dreams, the first Afghan rock band, established itself in 2008 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The band consists of Sulyman Qardash (lead singer and guitarist), Raby Adib (drummer) and Siddique Ahmad (bassist). Kabul Dreams has paved the way for a modest but growing rock scene in the country, which is rebuilding itself after decades of war. The band’s motivation to perform came from their own love for music, but also from a public hunger for a new life after war – a life that included new music and art.
Kabul Dreams released its first full length album in April, 2013, drawing inspiration from bands like the Sex Pistols, Nirvana and Oasis, among others. The album, “Plastic Words,” was mixed by Grammy winning producer Alan Sanderson, and recorded in Afghanistan.
In 2013, Kabul Dreams moved to the United States, where they are currently based in Oakland, California. The band recently finished recording its second album, which was recorded in both Oakland and San Diego.
On January 20, 2017, Kabul Dreams released "Brain Drain," the first single from their new album "MEGALOMANIACS". The band release their new album on February 18, 2017. MEGALOMANIACS is available worldwide (iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and e.t.c)!
On June 21, 2019, Kabul Dreams released their first ever EP in dari / farsi language called #WithLoveFromKabulDreams. The album art cover photo was captured by Afghan female artist and photographer Fatimah Hossaini.
Radio Dreams Film (2016) – as themselves
Radio Dreams is a film about a Persian language radio station located in the Bay Area that tries to arrange a jam session between the Afghan rock band Kabul Dreams and the metal legends Metallica. The film is a fictional story, and features Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
In 2016, Radio Dreams won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2017, the North American rights to the film were acquired by Matson Films in Los Angeles. It was slated for theatrical release in late April and May 2017.