Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:00PM
A singer, composer, activist and philanthropist, Farhad Darya has been the most influential musician in Afghanistan since the mid-80s, and is a founder of a new wave of music there. Darya is known as the country’s most prominent voice and a creative revolutionary force behind contemporary music in Afghanistan. He is also known as the “Afghan Elvis” and “The Voice of the Afghan Nation.” He has released 33 albums, received many prestigious awards, and has performed all over North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Darya’s roots are Afghan-Indian classical music. Along with folk-pop, he was the first Afghan artist to write a rock song. Farhad has written and sung a remarkable array of songs in many languages and dialects including Farsi-Dari, Pashto, Uzbek, Hazaragi, Urdu and English, for himself and many other Afghan artists. He formed “Goroh-e-Baran” (The Rain Band) a highly successful band with three other university students, and broke boundaries in Afghan music. Baran turned out to be the most successful Afghan bands since the ‘80s.
Darya released his album “Begum Jaan” in 1992. In 1995, Darya’s hit album “Afghanistan” was released and became an acclaimed collection of tracks due to its multilingual nature and representation of different tribal and ethnic Afghan music. This album showcased the possibility of promoting national unity with music.