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|Birth name||Farhad Nashir|
September 22, 1962 |
|Occupations||Singer, composer, Human Rights Activist, Peace Ambassador|
|Instruments||Harmonium, keyboard, guitar|
Farhad 'Darya' Nashir (Pashto/Dari): فرهاد دریا born September 22, 1962) is an Afghan singer, composer and a highly acclaimed music producer and Goodwill and Peace Ambassador for Afghanistan to the United Nations. Widely popular, he has earned affection for not only his music but also patriotism. He has fan base that stretches from his native Afghanistan to Central Asia, Pakistan, Iran, and extending to the West . Farhad sings in various languages including: Pashto, Dari Persian, Uzbek, English and Urdu.
Early years and personal life
Farhad Darya was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He later graduated from Habibia High School. After high school he enrolled in the Polytechnical University of Kabul and then subsequently in Kabul University. It was while attending Kabul University that Darya founded his first professional band, Goroh-e-Baran, meaning Rain Band. Initially it was to be called Halqahai Tilayee (Golden Rings) but the newcomers later settled on the former title. During this time, he wrote music for other artists under the pseudonym Abr (Cloud). In 1988, Darya became a professor at the university and taught Western classical music for a year before leaving for Europe.
After traveling through Prague and Hamburg, Darya arrived in Paris, where he would meet Sultana Emam. The two were married in 1993, and moved to the United States in 1995, where they still live in the state of Virginia. In 1996, they had a son named Hejran Darya.
1990s to present
Since Farhad's television debut on Afghanistan's television network in 1980, he has released over two dozen albums-the acclaimed ones produced in exile, many of which deal with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the resulting misfortunes of the war-torn nation. Most of the music is aimed at helping the people of Afghanistan and bringing unity to his native country. His 2003 album Salam Afghanistan, specifically, deals with themes of national unity. These efforts have earned him much acclaim and the title of "Best Singer of the Year" in his country, and most recently in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He has sung songs in various Afghan dialects, as well as in Uzbeki and Hindi. Darya started playing Afghan and Indian classical music since 1978. He intends to expand his knowledge in this domain as much as possible.
Release of his successful album "HA!"
In 2008 Darya released his international CD HA!. The video of Nazdeek Shodan (Dohle Bezan) from his album HA was released on Afghanistan National Television, which was a hit among Afghans inside the country, and the afghan diaspora.
Besides the latest album Ha farhad darya has many other hits like Ghamgen Kabul, Donya Gozaran, Salam Afghanistan, and Khalwat E Ku Ke Khayalat. He has sung both patriotic as well as romantic songs.
- Afghanistan: Best Singer of the Year (2003)
- Denmark: Best Singer of the Year (2005)
- Afghanistan: "Best Album of the Year" (2008)
- Afghanistan: "Best Singer of the Year" (2009)
- Dubai: "Best Singer of the Year" (2011)
- Human Rights Award: (2007)
- India: "Super Star" ATN Award (2012)
- Released in Afghanistan
- Yaare Bewafaa (یار بی وفا)
- Rahe Rafta (راه رفته)
- Afghan Folk Music (محلي)
- Zaro Jane (زارو جانه)
- Baran (باران)
- Ghazal (غزل)
- Bolbole Awara (بلبل آواره)
- Mazdeegar (مازديگر)
- Bazme Ghazal (بزم غزل)
- Mehrbaani (مهربانی)
- Released Abroad
- Begum Jan (بیگم جان)
- Teri Soorat (तेरी सूरत / تیری صورت)
- Ateschparcha (آتش پرچه)
- Afghanistan (افغانستان)
- Live In San Francisco (كنسرت سانفرانسيسكو)
- Shakar (شكر)
- In Foreign Land (در سرزمين بيگانه)
- Qabila-e-Ashiq (قبیلهء عاشق)
- Golom Golom (گُلم گُلم)
- Salaam Afghanistan (سلام افغانستان)
- HA!( 2008 )
- Yahoo (2008)
- Listen To The Banned (2010)
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