"The immensely popular Ahmed Zahir "
Ahmad Zahir
Public DomainAhmad Zahir - Credit: Tapand

 Ahmad Zahir (1946-1979) was an Afghan singer and songwriter.  He has been compared to Elvis Presley, and was known as The King of Afghan Music.

His songs were often political and critical of the government, which consequently ordered many of his recordings to be destroyed.  His opposition to the government made him a political hero.  He was assassinated on his 33rd birthday, the same day his daughter was born.

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