Farhad Darya

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Farhad ‘Darya’ Nasher (Pashto/Persian: فرهاد دریا) (b. September 22, 1962, in Kabul, Afghanistan) is an Afghan American singer and composer, as well as a highly acclaimed music producer. Widely popular, he has earned affection for not only his music but also patriotism. He has fan base that stretches from his native Afghanistan to Central Asia, Iran, Pakistan, and extending to the West among the Afghans and Persians. Farhad sings in various languages including: Persian, Pashto, Uzbek, English and Hindi.

Farhad Darya was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, to a Pashtun father from Kunduz. Farhad’s blood lineage can be traced to the Nasher Khans. Darya attended Sher Khan High School in Kunduz, which was named after his grandfather. He started his first band by the name of Nayestan, meaning Reed-bed. He later graduated from Habibia High School. After high school he enrolled in the Polytechnical University of Kabul and then subsequently in Kabul University. It was while attending Kabul University that Darya founded his first professional band, Goroh-e-Baran, meaning Rain Band. Initially it was to be called Halqahai Tilayee (Golden Rings) but the newcomers later settled on the former title. The band itself was not largely successful, due in part to its non-traditional music; however, it did acquaint the public with the faces of the member singers: Darya, Asad Badie, Mukhtar Majid and Jawid Rahie.Still involved in his music career, Darya continued his studies in college. During this time, he wrote music for other artists under the pseudonym Abr (Cloud). In 1988, Darya became a professor at the university and taught

Western classical music for a year before leaving for Europe. 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 the United States in 1995, where they still live in the state of Virginia. In 1996, they had a son, Hejran Darya.

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