|Biographical detail : ||Afghanistan’s pop sensation of the 1960s and 1970s.
Ahmad Zahir, a Pashtun, and the son of the former prime minister sang mostly in Afghanistan that symbolises for many the golden age of 1970s. Zahir emerged as a musical prodigy at Kabul’s Habibur High School, hence another moniker, the Nightingale of Habibur. Singing classical Persian poetry and his own love songs, Zahir also performed in Iran, Pakistan, India and Tajikistan. His music fused eastern and western styles, mixing traditional percussion and saxophones and electric guitars.
Ahmad Zahir was killed in a car crash outside Kabul. A million people attended the funeral. His devotees still flock to his mausoleum, in thousands, to pay tribute to the country’s only modern celebrity.