Dawood Sarkhosh

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Dawood Sarkhosh
Birth name Mohammad Dawood
Also known as Dawood
Born 1971
Daykundi province, Afghanistan
Genres Pop, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, and composer
Instruments Dambura, Keyboard, Harmonium and vocals
Years active 1995 - present
Website www.dawoodsarkhosh.com
Notable instruments

Dawood or Daud Sarkhosh (Dari: داود سرخوش‎; born 1971 in Daykundi province, Afghanistan) is an Afghan poet, singer, and musician. He belongs to the Hazara which is one of the four largest ethnic groups in Afghanistan.

Early life[edit]

Sarkhosh's inspiration was his elder brother Sarwar Sarkhosh, a legendary musician of his times who was killed during the civil war.[citation needed] Sarkhosh learned playing dambura and singing from him at the age of seventeen. After the death of his brother Sarkhosh migrated to Pakistan first to Peshawar city then moved to Quetta.[1]


Sarkhosh revived his skills by singing and composing songs inspired by a sense of nationalism and suffering in exile. He didn't sing for commercial gain, but out of nostalgia and to convey the feelings about refugee life as experienced by refugees of Afghanistan dispersed throughout the world. They went to his concerts in their thousands, marking Sarkhosh's rise as a singer.[citation needed] It was in Quetta that he mastered the harmonium under the Pakistani composer Arbab Ali Khan.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sarkhosh is married to Kubra Nekzad Sarkhosh with three kids named; Saboor, Zulfiqar and Yasir. They live and work in Austria now.[1]


  • 1998: Sarzamin-e-Man (My Homeland) mitt hjemmeland.
  • 2000: Parijo (Fairy)
  • 2004: Sapid o Siah (Black and White)
  • 2005: Khana e Gilli (Mud House)
  • 2007: Oslo Concert
  • 2008: Maryam (Maryam (a girl's name))
  • 2010: Bazi (Game/play)[2][3]
  • 2016: concert in the capital cities of Australia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Biography of Dawood Sarkhosh". Sarkhosh's Official Site. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dawood Sarkhosh's Albums". Afghan 123 (Afghan Music Portal). Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Albums". Dawood Sarkhosh's Official Site. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 

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