Aryana Sayeed

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Aryana Sayeed
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Aryana Sayeed gives her speech on how she uses social media for positive way.
Background information
Native name
آریانا سعید
Born1985 (age 33–34)
Kabul, Afghanistan
GenresPop, R&B, hip hop, Afghan folkloric music
Years active2007–present
LabelsSherzaad Entertainment ((

Aryana Sayeed (Dari: آریانا سعید‎; born 1985) is an Afghan singer, songwriter and TV personality. 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 sings in Dari and Pashto languages. 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. She then returned for the third series of the show, as a judge. Her most notable work includes the songs Gule Sib, Pirozi, Banoye Atash Neshin, Qhahreman,Kmak Kmak.

Early life[edit]

Aryana Sayeed was born in 1985 in Kabul, Afghanistan to a Pashto-speaking father and a Dari-speaking mother. Her parents left Afghanistan when she was 8 years old and lived in Pakistan before settling in Switzerland.[1] Currently she lives in London, England with her mother and siblings. 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, [...] that definitely made me realize what I wanted to become when I grew older." she has said in her interviews.[2]

Music career[edit]

Aryana left a good first impression when she appeared on the scene. However, her turning point in her career came after her song Afghan Pesarak got released.[3] Aryana Sayeed became a household name in many Afghan homes outside of Afghanistan and was requested to perform at many concerts around the world.[4] 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 in a new career as a TV host at one of Afghanistan's leading entertainment channels.[5] 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, 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.[6] 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. Her next big hit was Anaram Anaram which put Aryana back at the top of the charts in Afghanistan.[7][8]

In 2017 she won the Afghan Icon Award and was named the 2017 Best Female Artist of Afghanistan. [9] She also received the title "Voice of Afghanistan" from the Afghanistan National Television and Radio Network. Aryana has also received awards for Best Song of the Year, Best Video of the Year, and a Bravery Award. [9]

Television career[edit]

It wasn't long before Aryana Sayeed was signed on by one of the leading entertainment channels inside of Afghanistan, 1TV. 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.[10] She continued her collaboration with the TV station and subsequently became a judge on another talent show Afghan Star.[5]



  • Bia Bia
  • Mashallah
  • Tark
  • Afghan Pesarak
  • Gule Seb cover
  • Delam Tang Ast
  • Ya Habibi
  • Yallah Yallah cover
  • Shab Shabe Mahtab
  • Hairanam
  • Jelwa
  • Tu Baraym Moqadasi
  • Tobah Tobah cover
  • ShaKoko Jan cover
  • Afghanistan Afghanistan
  • ukhin
  • Madar-e-Afghan
  • Lahza Ha
  • Anaram Anaram
  • Qahraman
  • Jashnay toot (qarsak)
  • Bar ya Bar ya (Cricket Song)
  • Yaar -e- bamyani
  • Kamak Kamak
  • Khurshid Farda
  • Zan Astam
  • Bi Aaghosh E Tu
  • Sorkh Siya wa Sabz
  • Kam Kamak
  • HimmatKon
  • Herat
  • Attan song (unreleased)
  • Untitled Pashto song (unreleased)

Personal life[edit]

Nadia Nadim is her niece, who plays for the Danish National Football Team.


  1. ^ "Aryana Awarded Atlantic Council 2018 Freedom Award". TOLOnews. 24 June 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Aryana Sayeed: The Glamorous Diva of Live Performance". Voice of Afghanistan. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "Aryana Sayeed". 15 May 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Afghanistan - Aryana Sayeed, la voix de la liberté". Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed tells Newsday about death threats she's received". Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Latest News, Articles, Photos, Images and Videos on range of topics - Firstpost". Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Sherzaad Entertainment – Afghanistan's Leading Entertainment Entity". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  10. ^ France-Presse, Agence. "Afghan female stars defy clerics' pressure". Retrieved 25 June 2016.