Aryana Sayeed

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Aryana Sayeed
Native name آریانا سعید
Born (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 28)
Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop, Afghan folkloric music
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 2007–present
Labels Sherzaad Entertainment (www.sherzaad.com)
Website https://www.facebook.com/aryanamusic

Aryana Sayeed is an Afghan singer, songwriter and TV personality.[1] She sings in her mother-tongue Persian ("Dari"). She rose to fame in 2008 with her single hit Mashallah. Since then she has performed regularly in concerts, TV shows, and philanthropic festivals, within and outside Afghanistan. She was the host of Shab-e-Mosiqi on 1TV Afghanistan and served as one of the judges in Voice of Afghanistan 2013 on Tolo TV.

Early life[edit]

Aryana was born in Kabul, Afghanistan to a Pashto speaking father and a Farsi speaking mother.[citation needed] Her parents left Afghanistan when she was 8 years old and lived in Pakistan before settling in Switzerland. Currently she lives in London, England with her Mother and siblings.[2] By the age of 12 she had obtained admission to a music school where she would perform in places with a choir, "even though it wasn't for long but that definitely made me realize what I wanted to become when I grow older" she has said on her interviews.[3]

Music career[edit]

Being the first main stream Afghan hip hop and pop singer, Aryana left a good first impression behind in the Afghan Music Industry. However, her turning point in her career came after her song Afghan Pesarak got released.[4] Aryana Sayeed became a household name in many Afghan homes outside of Afghanistan and was requested to perform at many concerts around the world.[5] Her song Tark was less popular and criticised for its resemblance to "Love Don't Cost A Thing" by Jennifer Lopez. At the peak of all the sudden success, Aryana decided to go to Afghanistan and perform at concerts inside her fragile home country. Aryana Sayeed rose to fame there with her version of an old classic Afghan song, Gule Seb. It was during these initial days in Afghanistan when she filmed her next song Dilam Tang Ast. The success of the song resulted in an Award for best song filmed inside Afghanistan at the Aryana Television Awards. It also resulted into a new career as a TV host at one of Afghanistan's leading entertainment channels.[6] Her next song Hairanam did reasonably well. Aryana's next big success, Jelwa, was a collaboration with one of the leading singers in the Afghan Music Industry, Jawid Sharif. This was the second time they paired up after their initial success, Biya Biya. Aryana Sayeed followed this up by an upbeat nationalistic song to encourage the art of sports in her country. Several singers were signed on to make the song, Afghanistan Afghanistan. Aryana's most recent song, Banoo e Atash Nasheen which describes the pain the women of Afghanistan have faced over years of war and abuse has won her enormous critical acclaim.[7] A large orchestra has contributed to the music of the song and the shooting took place inside Afghanistan. Shortly after the song was released, Aryana was asked for an interview by the BBC to explain her reason and meaning behind the song.[8][9][10][11]

Television career[edit]

It wasn't long before Aryana Sayeed was signed on by one of the leading entertainment channels inside of Afghanistan, 1TV.[12] Her show, Music Night, involved her performing and interviewing other artists. The show was a success and after the first season Aryana left to go back home in London. Shortly after this Aryana Sayeed was signed by, Tolo TV as one of the judges at The Voice of Afghanistan. A talent show based on blind auditions popular in countries all over the world.[13]

Controversies[edit]

Aryana Sayeed was first scrutinized after a fake picture of her and a foreign man was circulating around social networking sites. Aryana Sayeed made the rumours stop after she posted the real and fake picture next to each other on her official Facebook page.[14] At one of the final shows of Afghan Star on Tolo TV, where Aryana was invited as a guest judge, Aryana was seen performing to her own version of an Ahmad Zahir song, Tu Baray Moqadasi. Shortly after the performance was aired on television a large amount of complaints were made by the Afghans, as they found the white dress Aryana Sayeed had chosen to wear too tight.[15][16][17][18][19] After the Rumi Awards 2013, Aryana Sayeed's manager went on social networking site, Facebook, to express his dislike to a former Afghan singer Parasto.[20] According to reports, Parasto had made rude remarks about Aryana Sayeed in front of a large audience. The matter got ugly when Parasto's daughter, Shabana Mehryar started to use abusive language on the public platform.[21] Shortly after this the comment was deleted and the matter was put to rest.

Future projects[edit]

Aryana's future projects include a Pashto song which took her more than two years to make and a Qataghani song. She is also working on a song about the love of 'mothers'.

Discography[edit]

Singles:

  • Biya Biya
  • Mashallah
  • Tark
  • Afghan Pesarak
  • Gule Seb cover
  • Dilam Tang Ast
  • Ya Habibi
  • Yallah Yallah cover
  • Shab Shabe Mahtab
  • Hairanam
  • Jelwa
  • Tu Barayem Moqadasi
  • Tobah Tobah cover
  • Shah Koko Jan cover
  • Afghanistan Afghanistan
  • Banoo e Atash Nasheen
  • Madar-e-Afghan

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