Ustad Nashenas


Nashenas (Sadiq Fitrat Habibi) was born in Kandahar but lived most of his life in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is ethnic Pashtun from the Musakhel sub-tribe of the greater Kakar tribe. He sings in both of Afghanistan’s languages, Dari and Pashto as well as in Urdu. He has been living among the Afghan diaspora outside his country and believed to be currently residing in London, England.

While growing up his family stressed to him the importance of religion as he hailed from the religious elite of the city of Kandahar. He is said to have developed an interest in music. In the early 1970s, Nashenas traveled to the Soviet Union where he obtained his doctorate in Pashto Literature from Moscow State University.

He is popular among the populations of both Afghanistan and Pakistan, specially in the Pashto-speaking areas like the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa previously (NWFP), Quetta and other cities with large number of Afghans. He is also popular because he sang Ghazal of Iqbal (Allama Iqbal).Allama Iqbal Ghazal Sung by Nashanas on YouTube He has a following among the singers of new generation as well, who are noted to imitate his style of singing. one of which Sardar Ali Takar, a well known and popular singer of Pashto.

Nashenas has greater vocal range and more interest in timbrel and dynamic variety than many Afghan singers. He performs in a number of vocal genres including Pashto folk and Afghan popular songs. He is also noted for his rendition of Hindi geet and has often been compared to the great Indian singer Saighal. He is also knowledgeable about Afghan classical music. What really distinguishes him as a performer is his great knowledge of Persian and Pashto classical poetry. Many prominent ghazal singers in Kabul who are from hereditary musician families are non-literate and treat this poetry was though it were an oral tradition. Fro the point of view of the Afghan literati their son texts were often incorrect, with all sorts of errors and other transformations creeping in. Problems of this kind do not arise with the singing of Nashenas