Farhad Darya

Darya in 2010, photo by Daniel Wilkinson (U.S. Department of State)

Birth Name: Farhad Nashir

Place of Birth: Kabul, Afghanistan

Date of Birth: September 22, 1962

Ethnicity: Pashtun Afghan

Farhad Darya (فرهاد دريا) is an Afghan singer, composer, and music producer. He is a United Nations Development Program National Goodwill Ambassador for Afghanistan. He sings in Persian/Dari and Pashto, and also in Uzbeki, Hindi-Urdu, and English. Farhad moved to Germany, France, and the Czech Republic in the 1990s, before settling in northern Virginia, U.S. He is married to Sultana Emam, with whom he has a son.

Farhad is a relative of Gholam Serwar Nasher, the last ruling Khan of the Nasher, and President of Spinzar Cotton Company in Kunduz, at its time the most profitable company in the country.

Farhad’s grandfather was Sher Khan Nashir/Nasher. Sher Khan was the hereditary Grand Khan (Loy Khan) of the Nashir/Nasher clan of the Kharoti (Ghilji) tribe of Pashtuns. The family was exiled by the ruling Durrani King Amir Abdur Rahman Khan, in order to weaken his nemesis. Sher Khan was governor (Wali) of Northern Afghanistan in the 1930s. He was the “father of Kunduz,” a northern Afghan city. Many places, schools, and Afghanistan’s largest port Sher Khan Bandar are named after him.


Curious about ethnicity

12 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    He is Pashtun. His grandpa was Sher Khan Nashir, an ethnic Pashtun from the Nasher clan of the Kharoti Ghilji tribe.

  2. andrew says:

    @ neiltennant

    Farhad Darya doesn’t look Eastern European or German at all, he has typical features for his ethnicity, but he’s lighter (his hair are not even close to “dark blonde” though). I guess he’s genetically identical to his fellow countrymen you consider “mixed”. He also could pass for Iranian, North Indian or Pakistani (I know a kebab seller who looks a lot like him but he’s much darker). Deal with it.

    • andrew says:

      I actually agree with you, there is clearly something special about him because of his eyes (and hair, to a lesser extent), btw he still does not look European for his facial features. Yes, he could pass for a light pigmented Turk and in surrounding West Asian countries. About you, you have to understand that average Western person wouldn’t be able to place Afghanistan on a map, let alone to know how Aghans look. To me they are an intermediate between South Asians and Middle Easterners. A tiny minority look vaguely European.

  3. follers says:

    Hello, neiltennant.

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