Kaleidoscope has partnered with AWA to create unique pieces of art for each of the podcast episodes, including an unforgettable image from superstar artist Rahzzah that represents the spirit of hope embodied by the show. Prints of each artwork are available for purchase, with proceeds supporting The Noor Initiative, a non-profit working to ensure every Afghan girl has access to education and opportunity.

Artwork Sales Benefit the Noor Initiative


From the fall of the Taliban until its return, people all over Afghanistan planned their lives around Afghan Star. People packed into apartments. Villages hooked up generators to a single tv so crowds could watch. New Year’s celebrations came to a halt, all to watch this one show. Over its 15 seasons, Afghan Star spotlighted an Afghanistan that could be: women singing without hijabs, Afghanistan’s first rapper, people of warring ethnic groups hugging and cheering for each other on stage. It launched a cultural revolution. This is the story behind it all – from how a ragtag team scrambled to make the show every week, to the dangers they faced for trying to push the country forward. In Afghanistan, a cultural revolution was televised through a musical talent show, and this is its story.

Podcast Produced By: Kaleidoscope, iHeart, Moby, Get Lifted

Episode Art By: AWA Studios Artists Rahzzah, Alison Sampson, C.P. Smith, Laci, Sanya Anwar, Keron Grant, Dani, Dalibor Talajic, Mike Deodato, Jr.