If you deal with current music from Afghanistan, you cannot avoid Aryana Sayeed. She left home with her parents at the age of eight and lived in Pakistan, Switzerland and England.
In 2010, she returned to Afghanistan, where she became the country’s most successful female pop star. She has appeared in numerous television shows and was a jury member on the eleventh season of „Afghan Star“.
Sayeed is committed to women’s rights and breaks taboos in her songs. She became the target of hardliners who issued a “fatwa”, a death sentence, against her. In 2021, when the Taliban seized power in the country, she had to flee Afghanistan.
In 2018, she published “Zan Astam” (“I am a woman”): “Where would your Mohammed, Rustam and Suhrab be? I am the one who brought your heroes, your prophets into the world. A woman!” (in Dari)
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