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  Ahmad Zahir

Ahmad Zahir 1946 afghanland.comAhmad Toryalay Zahir was born on the 23rd of Jauza, 1325 (June 13, 1946) To Dr Abdul Zahir the late prime minister of Afghanistan and his wife. His family hails from Laghman, Afghanistan,

While his father was abroad he brought him a mandolin and young ahmad zahir’s love for music grew. He would master the instrument along with the accordion, harmonium, and organ and sing to any family member willing to listen. His debut song "Ay Bulbuli Shorida" was performed at Hibibia High School and his schoolmates awarded him title of "Bulbul-e-Habibia" (Nightingale of Habibia). While in high school, Ahmad Zahir, Omar Sultan, Nabil Meskinyar, Farid Zaland and Akbar Nayab formed a band called "Amateurs of Habibia"

While his father was appointed Afghanistan's Ambassador to India, Ahmad Zahir traveled with him, attending school and continued his studies in the field of education in New Delhi. Upon his return to Afghanistan in 1969, Ahmad Zahir accepted a position at Kabul Times and simultaneously was employed at Afghan Films.

Ahmad Zahir with Amatures of HabibiaIt was then that he met Fazel Ahmad Zekria “Naynawaz” and his horizon grew as a composer, not only did he accept compositions from great masters of the era but produced most of his own hits and adapted never before heard western music of Indian, Spanish, French, English, and American composers to his lyrics and the use trumpet, saxophone, organ, tabla, drums, guitar, rubab, harmonium, piano and accordion made his music unique and revolutionary

According to Afghan Mosaic Magazine [By 1973 (1352), Ahmad Zahir's popularity had developed into a national frenzy. According to his son, "In 1973, at the zenith of his career, my parents separated. This was during the time when he held more concerts and was touring in other cities inAhmad Zahir In Concert 1970 Afghanistan. The love of the audience for him and his music was growing increasingly." He had become an icon and his popularity spilled over national boundaries. He sang "Banu Banu" while on tour in Iran. During this time, Ahmad Zahir earned the national title, "Singer of the Year." In his acceptance speech, he advised future musicians that "Ghorur shikast hunari bar mewarad…riqabati hunari bayad sahlim bashad nah hasahdat amiz."

In spite of his free-spirited posturing, Ahmad Zahir remained studiously polite to his elders and was devoted to his mother. In fact, his mother's death came at a stressful time in his life. It moved him so much that he wrote one of him most passionate songs for her: "Binazam qalbi paakat madar-e- man." Ahmad Zahir himself created an aesthetic vocabulary for dealing with joy, love, pain, and loneliness through his music that is unparalleled by modern musicians]Ahmad Zahir and his Volkswagen Golf

Due to an incident still unclear, Ahmad Zahir was imprisoned, there are many theories from an untimely death of a woman to conspiracy and connection with Mafia that landed him in prison. It was in prison where he heard the news of the death of his beloved mother. He was allowed to attend the funeral services of his mother and later released and charges proven wrong.

According afghanland.com's sources; Days before his birthday Ahmad Zahir received an anonymous message that his life is in danger and there is an attempt on his life. Ahmad Zahir shares thisAhmad Zahir's Tomb after repairs of 2004 new with his pregnant wife. On Wednesday, Jauza 23, 1358 (June 13, 1979). The day of his birthday, Ahmad Zahir along with Mahboobullah Mahboob (Pacha) and two of his guests decide to take a trip up Salang Pass. At the Salang pass his car is stopped by armed men and Ahmad Zahir is pulled out of his car, He yells to Mahboobulla for help, but he stays in the car along with his guests.

Ahmad Zahir’s dead body is placed back in the car and is reported as a traffic accident. The first person who arrived on the scene did not see any damaged to his car, and swore he saw a bullet wound on the side of his head. Till this day Mahboobullah and the 2 guests have taken a vow of silence as to the details of Ahmad Zahir's death and have repeated the same answer that "they were unconscious and do not remember the events of the day" but several stories were leaked from sources close to the individuals.

Ahmad Zahir passed away on his birthday and as he left this world his daughter Shabnam was born.

Ahmad Zahir left behind two children, Ahmad Rishad and Shabnam whom currently live in United States along with Ahmad Zahir's sister, Zahira who is the personal hair stylist of Presidents Bush, Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and other dignitaries.

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Songs Composed by Ahmad Zahir
Agar Bahar Biyayad Ba Sangi Gham Zadi Fidai Chashmi Tu Saqi Mirawam Khasta
Ah Chi khush Amadi Safa Kardi Baz Amadi Ay Jan Mann Ga Dar Aghosh in Murdam Az Dard
Ahista Ahista Baz Ay kinaram Binishin Gar Chi Chashmi Tu Na Dil Maftoni Dil Bandi
Ajab Sabri Khuda Darad Bazi Tu Kardi Gar Chi Mastim Namidanam Ba Roi Ki Bikhandam
Akhir Ay Darya Bahar Mann Gar Kuni Yak Nizara Na Mikhaham Tura
Amad Nafas Subhu Bar Khatiri Azada Gar Zulfi Puraishanat Nala Kun Hai Dili Shoridai Mann
Ashiq Shodam Gunaham in Ast Barayam Girya Kun imshab Guftam Ki Mikhuham Tura Parvin Mann Parvin Mann
Ashk Hai Mann Bi Tu Gul Gashti Chaman Guzasht an Ki Tu Sarkhil... Piri Rasid
Asiyam Digar Bi Wafa Yaram Hama Roz Az Tu Ba Qahr Am Raftam Mara Bibakhsh
Ay ahay Sahar Biman Ay shab Hama Yaranam Raw Sar Bini Ba Balin
Ay Bulbuli Khush ilham Madari Mann Har Chand Ki Dor Sad Ra Dar Intizarat
Ay Duzdida Chashm Az Aho Biyayid Ki Gulzar Damida Hargiz Kasi Ba Rozi Mann Sang o Baranam Makun
Ay Jan i Mann Asirat Boi Tu Khizat Hanoz Hawa i ishqi Tu Shadi Kunid
Ay Ki Az Yar Borida Bad Pai Mann Jamhori Mubarak Shab hai Roshan
Ay Mahi Kin'ani Mann Bosa Ha Talab Mikonad Kistam Mann Rahnawad Shabi Ra Ba Mann
Ay Nam Ghamat Taranai Mann Chara Na Daram Khal Ba Konj Lab Shikast Ahdi Manno
Ay Nilagon Darya yi Mann Chi Bihoda Chi Sada Khanda Ba Labhai Tura Sozi Qalb Jawidani
Ay Qawm Ba Hajj Rafta Chi Shod Ki Rikht Khudit Midani Tanha Tarin Mardi Zamin Am
Ay Sorodi Wapasinam Darakhti Yas Ay Dil Tu Girya Kam Kun Tanha Tu i Tanha
Ay Yar i Khubi Mann Dard i Dil Maham Zi Rah Rasid Tofan Ashqi Hasratam
Az Barai Gham Mann Dili Ma Har Chi Risho... Maham Zi Rah Rasid Tu Ba Yak Hatifa Mimani
Az Naz Chi Mikhandi Duzdi ishqam Magar Khuda Zi Raqiban Tu Guli Naz Hama
Az Pishi Mann Biraw imshab Ba Qisa i Dil Mann Maihan Ay Maihan Tura Sad Bar Guftam
Az Safar Khosh amadi imshab Ba Yadi Roi Tu Man Agar Diwan am Wafa Agar Zi Kas Binam
Azizam Ba Yadat imshab Shuda Am Mast Mann Dar in Wairana Manzil Wai Baran Baran
Ba Dili Mann Sharar Afrokht in Chi ishq ast ki Dar Dil Daram Mann Ghulami Qamaram Ya Rab Ya Rab
Ba Kas Chi in Shir Ra Barai Tu Migoyam Marg Khuham Zi Hamrahan Jodai
Ba Khud Guftam ishqi Mann ishqi Mann Mashoqa Ba Saman Shod Zi Jan Mann Chi Mikhahi
Ba Khud Guftam Pas Az Chandi Faqat Sozi Dilim Mirawi Az Mano Zi Sang Nist Qalb Mann


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