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Ahmad Zahir

1946 - 1979

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Ahmad Zahir (Dari/Pashto: احمد ظاهر; 14 June 1946 – 14 June 1979) was an Afghan singer, songwriter and composer. Dubbed the "Elvis of Afghanistan", he is widely considered the all-time greatest singer of Afghanistan. The majority of his songs were sung in Dari, and he also sang many songs in Pashto, as well as a few in Russian Urdu and English.Born in Kabul, Zahir recorded at least 14 studio albums before his abrupt death on his 33rd birthday in 1979. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ahmad Zahir has received more than 362,548 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 22 in 2019). Ahmad Zahir is the 493rd most popular singer (down from 485th in 2019), the 72nd most popular biography from Afghanistan (down from 55th in 2019) and the most popular Afghan Singer.

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  • 21

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  • 4.46

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  • 2.38

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Among singers, Ahmad Zahir ranks 493 out of 3,528Before him are Gundula Janowitz, Darío Moreno, Betty Davis, Jackie Jackson, Jacques Pills, and Marianna Martines. After him are Kim Seok-jin, Angelica Catalani, Kevin Federline, José van Dam, Esther Ofarim, and Mari Boine.

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Among people born in 1946, Ahmad Zahir ranks 201Before him are Udo Lindenberg, Lesley Gore, Antony Beevor, Terence McKenna, Nicole Garcia, and Jean-Luc Marion. After him are Jim Hines, Toquinho, Irena Szewińska, Lucien Van Impe, John Waters, and Ti Lung. Among people deceased in 1979, Ahmad Zahir ranks 82Before him are Yvonne de Gaulle, Barbara Hutton, Joseph Kessel, Darryl F. Zanuck, Larisa Shepitko, and Carlo Abarth. After him are Dolores Costello, Victoria Ocampo, Wilfred Bion, Waldemar de Brito, Marcel L'Herbier, and James J. Gibson.

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In Afghanistan

Among people born in Afghanistan, Ahmad Zahir ranks 72 out of 145Before him are Eucratides I (-170), Jalal-ud-din Khalji (1220), Kujula Kadphises (20), Baysunghur (1397), Ashraf Hotak (1700), and Mohammad Yaqub Khan (1849). After him are Mirwais Hotak (1673), Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji (1101), Afghan Girl (1972), Abdul Ahad Mohmand (1959), Zalmay Khalilzad (1951), and Al-Sijzi (945).

Among SINGERS In Afghanistan

Among singers born in Afghanistan, Ahmad Zahir ranks 1After him are Aryana Sayeed (1970).