Farhad Darya

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Farhad Darya فرهاد دريا
Farhad Darya in 2010-cropped.jpg
Darya in 2010
Background information
Birth name Farhad Nashir
Born (1962-09-22) September 22, 1962 (age 54)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Genres Pop
Classical music
Occupation(s) Singer, composer, human rights activist, peace ambassador
Instruments Harmonium, keyboard, guitar
Years active 1980–present
Labels Various

Farhad Darya Nashir (Pashto: فرهاد دریا‎; Persian: فرهاد دریا‎‎; born September 22, 1962) is an Afghan singer, composer and music producer. He serves as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) National Goodwill Ambassador for Afghanistan and is involved in numerous charitable organizations, such as Music Village and others.[1] He has earned affection for not only his music but also patriotism. He has a fan base that stretches from his native Afghanistan to parts of Central Asia, and Tajikistan. Darya sings in various languages including Persian, Pashto, Uzbek, English and Urdu.[2]

Early years and personal life[edit]

Darya was born in Kabul, Afghanistan to ethnic Pashtun parents, he is the grandson of Sher Khan Nashir.[3] He studied Persian literature while attending Kabul University. Darya founded his first professional band, Goroh-e-Baran (meaning "Rain Band") with Asad Badie. During this time, he wrote music for other artists under the pseudonym Abr (Cloud), and started playing Afghan and Indian classical music. He later left the university and enrolled in the Afghan Armed Forces.

In 1990 he immigrated to Germany and began singing again. 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 Northern Virginia in the United States in 1995. A year later they gave birth to a son, Hejran Darya.


Farhad Darya at the 2010 Peace Concert in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Since Darya's television debut on Afghanistan's television network in 1980, he has released over two dozen albums, which sold over 2 million copies-the acclaimed ones produced in exile, many of which deal with the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the resulting misfortunes of the war-torn nation. Most of the music is aimed at helping Afghans bringing peace and unity to their country.,[1] and deals with themes of national unity.

He released his Salaam Afghanistan album in 2003, with a DVD release of music videos in March 2004.

In September 2006, Darya's new single Salamalek in a collaboration with German musician Peter Maffay was released, as part of Maffay's album Begegnungen - Eine Allianz für Kinder. It was Darya's first rock song.

In August 2007, Darya completed his new album HA! and was released in Afghanistan, followed by Germany in March 2008. The video of his song Dohle Bezan (Nazdeek Shodan) (Talk To Me/Closer) from the album HA! premiered on Afghan's national television in February 2008.[citation needed] Later that year, Darya's new album Yahoo was released.

He has not worked on a new album since, but has released plenty of singles, including Attan, Dew Hai Mast, Nashkenad and Oo Ghaita.


  • 2003: Afghanistan: Best Singer of the Year
  • 2005: Denmark: Best Singer of the Year
  • 2006: Human Rights Award, by Commission of Human Rights
  • 2008: Afghanistan: Best Album of the Year
  • 2009: Afghanistan: Best Singer of the Year
  • 2011: Dubai, UAE: Best Singer of the Year
  • 2012: India: "Super Star" ATN Award


Farhad Darya's Peace Concert in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Farhad Darya's Peace Concert in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Studio albums (Afghanistan-only releases)
    • Rahe Rafta (راه رفته) (1981)
    • Afghan Folk Music (محلي) (1982)
    • Zaro Jane (زارو جانه) (1982)
    • Baran (باران) (1983)
    • Ghazal (غزل) (1985)
    • Bolbole Awara (بلبل آواره) (1986)
    • Mazdeegar (مازديگر) (1988)
    • Bazme Ghazal (بزم غزل) (1988)
    • Mehrbaani (مهربانی) (1989)
  • Studio albums (International releases)
    • Begum Jan (بیگم جان) (1992)
    • Teri Soorat (तेरी सूरत / تیری صورت)
    • Afghanistan (افغانستان) (1995)
    • Shakar (شكر) (1997)
    • In Foreign Land (در سرزمين بيگانه) (1999)
    • Qabila-e-Ashiq (قبیلهء عاشق) (2000)
    • Golom Golom (گُلم گُلم) (2000)
    • Salaam Afghanistan (سلام افغانستان) (2003)
    • HA! (!ها ) (2007)
    • Yahoo (2008)
  • Video-only releases
    • Yaare Bewafaa (یار بی وفا) (1980)
    • Ateschparcha (آتش پرچه) (1993)
    • Live In San Francisco (كنسرت سانفرانسيسكو) (1996)
    • Live In Europe (1999)
  • Compilations


Darya produced additional scoring and lyrics for Through Her Eyes a film by Mithaq Kazimi in 2007.[4][5]

Darya produced background music for the film In Foreign Land (1998).[6]


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