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 Urdu, Russian, 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 327,184 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Ahmad Zahir is the 486th most popular singer (up from 500th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Afghanistan (down from 52nd in 2019) and the most popular Afghan Singer.

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  • 330k

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  • 64.58

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  • 22

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.86

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  • 2.27

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Ahmad Zahir ranks 486 out of 3,541Before him are Gohar Gasparyan, Nelly Furtado, Black, Gigi D'Agostino, Claudio Villa, and Waylon Jennings. After him are Bobby Darin, Renato Carosone, Mari Boine, Don McLean, Isabella Colbran, and Isabelle Aubret.

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Among people born in 1946, Ahmad Zahir ranks 177Before him are Joe Dante, Alpha Oumar Konaré, Sue Lyon, John Waters, Matthieu Ricard, and Wim Jansen. After him are John Watson, Héctor Babenco, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Grigory Margulis, Shlomo Sand, and Michael Radford. Among people deceased in 1979, Ahmad Zahir ranks 85Before him are Carlo Abarth, Waldemar de Brito, James J. Gibson, Dhyan Chand, José Della Torre, and Henrich Focke. After him are Immanuel Velikovsky, Barbara Hutton, Walther Gerlach, Morteza Motahhari, Marcel L'Herbier, and Santos Urdinarán.

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In Afghanistan

Among people born in Afghanistan, Ahmad Zahir ranks 55 out of 108Before him are Inayatullah Khan (1888), Ya'qub ibn al-Layth al-Saffar (840), Ashraf Hotak (1700), Kujula Kadphises (20), Mas'ud I of Ghazni (998), and Baysunghur (1397). After him are Sher Ali Khan (1825), Humaira Begum (1918), Abdul Rahim Hatif (1926), Jalal-ud-din Khalji (1220), Saman Khuda (701), and Jalaluddin Haqqani (1939).

Among SINGERS In Afghanistan

Among singers born in Afghanistan, Ahmad Zahir ranks 1