Memphis in the meantime: Afghan cellist starts new life on U of M campus amid upheaval back home

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 02, 2021 9:10 PM CT | Published: September 02, 2021 7:25 PM CT

As cellist Nazira Wali was moving onto campus at the University of Memphis, family and friends back home in Afghanistan were trying to get out. Wali’s cello has taken her around the world and has brought her to Memphis, but at home music and musicians are again under threat from the Taliban regime.


Nazira Wali University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Dr. Kimberly Patterson
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Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington covers the Memphis Grizzlies and writes about Memphis culture, food, and civic life. He lives in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood of Midtown with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.


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