Afghanistan pop music’s heyday was during the 1970’s and the country has gone through a lot since that time. But it still has a thriving music scene. Here’s an introduction to some of the classics as well as the most popular new singers.
If you’re curious about languages, it’s also an opportunity to hear what Afghan languages sound like. The main languages spoken in Afghanistan are Dari (Persian/Farsi) and Pashto.
Ahmad Zahir is one of the most well-known Afghan singers. He died 30 years ago but his music is still popular.
Listen here to his album ‘Afsoos’ on the music site Mastana.
Another classic, Nashenas is considered by many Afghans to be the best Pashto singer.
Shafiq Mureed is a young singer who studied in India, and it sounds like some Bollywood influences sneaked into his album ‘Ehsas’. It shows in the language too – although most songs are in Dari, some are sung in Hindi.
What do you think? Listen for yourself.
A modern Dari-language singer with an innovative and influential style. Find more on Farhad Darya on his official site.
Another modern singer, with a West-meets-East sound. Listen here.
Learn more about Afghan music from National Geographic.
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