Don't Buy This Video Tape!
December 2002. London, UK
promoter of Darya's concert in London (27th of August, 2002) who
illegally recorded the entire show by unprofessional cameras is
now publicizing the release of this videotape in the market. Farhad
Darya's official attorney in London, besides he took a legal action
against this fraud and robbery, he has sent a letter to all stores
and sources through out the world that deal with Afghan music not
to market and promote this product.
this is obvious harm and damage to Darya's works, he would like
to enlighten all his fans regarding the illegality of this videotape
and its poor quality.
so-called company is known as "New Look 2000", and is
located in London, UK.
DON'T SUPPORT THIS FRAUD AND ROBBERY BY PURCHASING THAT ILIGAL VIDEO
CASSETTE". DARYA BELIEVES IN HIS FANS LOYALTY AND LOVE AS THEY
HAVE ALWAYS SHOWN. FURTHER MORE, HE JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN
OF "ARTISTS AGAINST PIRACY" AND BELIEVES SUCH SABOTAGING
ATTEMPTS WILL BE UNSUCCESSFUL.
Don't Wait Until They Die!
By: Omar Amini
November 1, 2002
receiving the title of "Leading Singer of Afghanistan".
concert at Michael J. Fox Theater, which is located in south of
Burnaby, a small city on the east of the great city of Vancouver,
was a great event despite initial glitches. The show, a sold-out
concert, was delayed because the audience did not show up on time.
In fact they were sure that all of them got their tickets with a
numbered seat days ago. Then why hurry?! As the arena was filled
with Darya fans, the scream combined with claps and whistles were
the testament to the great event that was about to take place in
British Columbia. They were waiting and chanting to see Afghanistan's
most beloved singer, Farhad Darya performs in front of them. The
concert finally started with Darya's entrance through one of the
side doors with humming the intro of one of his most famous songs,
which filled the atmosphere of the arena with great applause and
claps by Darya Fans.
Followed by a couple of Pashto songs, the event was getting warmer
as entire audience felt the intoxicating effect of Darya's music.
This was followed by Darya being presented the award for the "Leading
Singer of Afghanistan" by no one else but great Ustad Hafizullah
Khyal. People rose to their feet for applause and finding it no
surprise since they remembered that exactly two years ago, the award
of honors for the "Best Singer of the Year 1999"
was presented to their beloved singer, Farhad Darya, in the same
arena, in front of the same audience. Both concerts and award ceremonies
were organized by "Aina-e-Afghan TV", British Columbia's
only Afghan news and entertainment television and radio program
The highlight of this award ceremony was probably the speech that
Darya gave to his music loving fans about "appreciating
and remembering Afghan artists during their lifetime".
The concert continued with a few songs by Ustad Khyal, which was
requested by Darya and fans as well. Darya himself ended up the
concert with repeating his new song, "Afghanistan Salaam"
from his unreleased album "GulAroos"; followed
by meeting up and signing up autographs with fans outside the stage.
Darya in "Little Kabul"
By S. Sahraagard
November 2002. Fremont, CA
in Flamingo Place in the city of Fremont also known as "Little
Kabul", California; Farhad Darya's Concert was sold-out on
the night of October 26, 2002. The eager audience listened as Farhad
Darya and his multi-national band rocked the walls of Flamingo away.
projection on the background showed scenes from the stage: musicians
playing a variety of instruments such as Tabla, Harmonium, Bass
guitar, Keyboards, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, and Acoustic Drums; and
constant images of Farhad, singing from the depths of his gifted
and creative soul.
avid explorer of new musical styles and techniques, Farhad Darya
brought with him a number of Western musicians, giving the concert
a sense of harmonious contradiction as well as celebration between
Afghan and Western styles. This was probably the first time for
a Non-Afghan Drummer to play the famous drumbeat of 7/8 "Mogholee",
which is derived and very common amongst the Afghan tunes.
the band experimented on mixing Afghan music with rock and blues
tunes, Farhad Darya sang his magical melodies, always with original
and refreshing lyrics. He sang a few songs from his new album and
snippets of older songs to fulfill the unending requests from the
audience. Personally, I was pleased that he sang the entirety of
my favorite song, "Khusham May-Aayad."
concert was highly received by the audience, which included
both young and old generations, and Farhad appeased both with
a wide range of savors from soft and silky melodies to groovy
Darya exemplifies the true artist - always seeking to create
art and always excelling in that endeavor.
Darya in Anaheim, CA
Thursday, October 24, 2002
October 19th 2002: After counting many days, an eleven hour
drive and unbelievable anticipation of seeing Farhad Darya
in concert, we were finally at the Anaheim Convention Center
in Anaheim California. It was 6:15 and the concert was to
start at 9:00 so yes, we were a little early. As we entered
the building, I could hear Darya's voice all the way across
the hall practicing "Tu rafty", one of my favorite
songs. We went up stairs to the third floor and watched him
practice this song a couple of times. Gradually people started
to arrive and within an hour, the hall was packed with people,
mostly Afghans, but a considerable number of Iranians as well.
We stood in line for the entry and I was the first we were
the first people in line. The door finally opened at 8:00
and people rushed towards a huge, well-decorated hall that
could hold up to 3000 people. We got the first row at the
first table so we were in direct view of the stage. Though
40 minutes later than scheduled, "due to a traffic accident",
the concert had the signs of a super hit from the very beginning.
A very casually dressed Darya, in blue jeans, black shirt
and an authentic Afghani vest, started his way through the
audience applauding with true excitement almost running to
the stage, singing "Donia Gozaraan". The audience
was up its feet till the end of the song. His very poetic
and emotional start with an apology for being late, kicked
off the event to remember. A concert filled with songs of
patriotism like "Khiaal-e-Man Yaqeen-e-Man", songs
filled with emotions and memories of loved ones like "Diltangee
Imshab" and "Ay Aashnaaye Man", songs for the
younger generation to dance with "Golom Golom" and
"Baalaa Sare Deh Dokhtar". This night was about
dancing. Some got up and danced on the dancing floor. Others'
souls danced when Darya gave us a little gift from his upcoming
album "GulAroos", a song for Afghanistan, "Afghanistan
Salam". There was a little bit of something for everyone
in this concert. To me, it was so worth the trip that I had
to take about 900 miles from where I live! Darya ended the
concert with a ghazal that he had sung before, but with a
little bit of changes, "Maayemo Nawaaye Benawaayee".
The night started off very peacefully and ended very peacefully.
I have not been to any other concerts of Farhad Darya, I have seen
the ones that are on tape or DVDs. Darya always is a winner, but
this last concert was by far the best by the investment of music
in Afghani culture. If this concert comes out on media, my personal
recommendation is, "Buy it and own it."
you for reading and thank you Mr. Darya for such joyous moments
of fun and pleasure!
2002, Los Angeles
has donated the ownership rights of two of his songs to be used
for a charity project for Afghanistan. "Afghanistan Relief",
one of the largest humanitarian organizations working for Afghanistan,
has decided to release a CD in the market to provide help through
the proceeds for the needy children and women in Afghanistan.
Another Name for Music"
WHO Conference Hall
September 28-29, 2002. Copenhagen, Denmark
Darya attended the "2nd World Conference on Music & Censorship"
held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 28th to 29th of December 2002.
He was one of the conference speakers, and spoke on the nature of
censorship and its history in Afghanistan. He also voiced his concern
on the future of music, and identified a number of crucial and key
problems in rehabilitation of music in Afghanistan. "Freedom
is another name for music," he said.
his stay in Copenhagen, Darya was approached several times through
the international and local media . . . received many interview
requests . . . interviewed multiple times . . .
the complete report in Farsi, please read the following article
published in the current issue of "Asamai" magazine. For
reading about conference and its details in English, please visit
Freemuse's official website.
In the City of Romance
June 29, 2002. Montreal, Canada
the balmy trip to the island of Palermo located in the south of
Italy, it was Montreal's turn- the city of romance and arts. Especially
the old town with its unique glance.
you playing at the Jazz Festival?
- O, no! We are playing with an Afghan singer, Farhad Darya.
- How nice! Luckily we Canadians are familiar with his name and
his music through
our media. Have a successful show!
- Thanks! Enjoy the festival.
days, in the heart of the old town of Montreal, the city was celebrating
the FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTREAL By seeing some one
who was carrying a musical instrument, along a warm smile they asked
them if they are playing in the festival.
the night of June 29th, Darya was performing for the fans by all
his soul. As usual, he had media's interest and his fans love with.
of Afghanistan in Palermo
June 6th, 2002. Palermo, Italy
Theater. Palermo, Italy
Massimo, one of the three larges and prestigious opera houses
in Europe, was reopened by great Italian classic musician, Pavarotti,
in 1997 after years of construction and renovation of inside
of the theater.
In June 6th this year, its huge doors were opened to the hundreds
of music lovers who were eager to listen to the Voice of Afghanistan,
Farhad Darya. Majority of the audience were the younger generations
who have had the opportunity to get to know Darya's music through
the Italian media in the last two years.
Theater. Palermo, Italy
show was supposed to continue for 90 minutes, but the applauses
and the keen audience stretched it almost to three hours. The
day after, the event had been nicely mirrored on the Italian
media and received positive reviews that we have translated
some of them to be posted on Darya's site.
part of proceeds was forwarded to the children of Afghanistan
through Theatro Massimo's management.
by the Concentrated Music
May 26, 2002. Toronto, Canada
a smaller hall, at the same Regal Constellation Hotel's venue,
the flames of classical and Ghazal music heated up the bones
of the sluggish night.
Darya was singing for his fans and to the ones who came to
listen to the traditional tunes of Afghan music, and to help
the children of Afghanistan. All proceeds were forwarded to
the Afghan children through CARE Canada.
Evening With a Living Legend in Toronto
Ghaznawi (freelance journalist)
& fans. Toronto, Canada. May 2002
known for his style in classical music in Afghanistan and later
for his innovations in transition of Afghan music to a popular
culture, Farhad Darya made entry to the Regal Constellation
Hotel's Ballroom in Toronto with an unexpected break-to-start
of his world renowned single of "Donia Gozaran" (Let
the World go by). As he was chanting and dancing to his own
beats, thousands of his fans and admirers had gathered to witness
this moment from as far stretched back as Halifax Nova Scotia
to the plains of Saskatchewan.
people standing for respect with a warm applause, and even trying
to get a glimpse of the artist by climbing an elevated area was
relative to the fact that this brilliant artist has so many admirers.
Celebrities from Afghan and non-Afghan media and entertainment industry
counted in hundreds.
the political changes and manipulations in Afghanistan, Darya has
survived and rather strengthened the bond of unity between Afghans.
His music is very widely celebrated and has brought beat to hundreds
of thousands of sad hearts across Boundary-less Ocean of music.
Like usual the Canadian media took a special interest from networks
such as CBC, CTV, CFMT and many others in this event. Not to mention
that his style of communicating with his fans during performance
has created a link between a star and the admirers.
week before his scheduled concert, Darya arrived in Toronto
with his team of performers and worked round the clock to
make this a perfect show. During this window of rehearsing
and practicing he would take occasional breaks to meet with
media and his countrymen based in Toronto. Of significant
interest was his visit to Chopan Kabab House, a famous Afghan
restaurant in Toronto's downtown district. He was greeted
by a large number of his fans and media crews. CTV's Dominic
Patten conducted a very detailed footage of his visit there,
as well as his rendez-vous with Afghans in different locations
of media interest.
has been in the spotlight after September 11th, last year's
tragic events. Recognizing his patriotic contributions and
dedication after the recent developments in Afghanistan in
November 2001, the first piece of music broadcast from Radio
Kabul was that of his "Beloved Kabul" song.Interesting
enough, the concert bore the theme of helping Afghan kids
impacted by malicious and destructive affects of the ever-ending
war. That further added to the people's affection for Darya,
who showed his extreme devotion for his people in any possible
large amount of funds were raised during the show and through
the sale of his concert's tickets. The funds collected thus
were handed over to Care Canada, an internationally renowned
non-profitable organization. Mr. Andrew Graham, Care Canada's
Public Affairs Officer says in a statement "this is a
valuable contribution towards our operations in the war shattered
nation of Afghanistan. We appreciate Mr. Darya's assistance."
Darya has left Toronto, it would feel incomplete to look at
Afghan community without his literary and musical contributions.
of Rome. May 2002
and Cheb Khaled, King of Rai Music
and Dino Merlin, Leading singer of Sarajevo
Tribute to Peace
11th 2002. Colosseum of Rome, Italy.
the evening of May 11th, Colosseum of Rome was witnessed of
an international musical event by celebrities from all over
unique international event, the first public spectacle in
the COLOSSEUM in decades, united citizens in a call for world
peace. This arena has staged no event of such importance since
404 A.D, when the last gladiators fought to the death. Historically
much violence has taken placed in this immense venue, but
at that nigh COLOSSEUM became a symbol of life and hope.
for Life" is the first event to be broadcast live from
here, enabling millions to take participate and contribute
to a charity dedicated to children suffering from conflict.
of great caliber were invited from far and wide to contribute
at that nigh and help the world show that bridge can be built
across cultural, religious, national and ideological divides.
Many of the singers had created their own unique sounds, combining
traditional and modern styles with different cultural roots.
Music, in all its many forms, is a medium that has a unique
ability to create bonds between people who experience widely
differing lifestyles and situations.
celebrities were as follows:
Ray Charles (USA), Noa (Israel), Farhad Darya (Afghanistan),
Cheb Khaled (Algeria), Bongo Maffin (South Africa), Dino Merlin
(Sarajevo), Fiorella Mannoia (Italy), Nicola Piovani (Italy),
in the "House of Mirror"
25 January 2002. Virginia, USA
After being busy with his tour in different countries, which kept
him away, it was time for "House of Mirror" to have Darya.
This is the place where member of literary schools and poetry attend.
They read and analyze poems and pieces written by Mirza Bedel. Except
one or two faces more or less everything else was in its place.
The same love, the same Gnosticism and the same culture! The program
continued from 9 in the evening to one in the morning.
Sold Out Twice the Size
of the Hall
12 January. Sydney, Australia
The Sydney skies were heavily polluted and fogged after a big fire
in its surrounding forests, that people had difficulty breathing.
The morning that Darya landed in Sydney the news brought to him
about the fire wasn't much of a serious issue, as he thought his
friends might have joked with him. The night brought a gigantic
amount of rain and the pollution subsided and was washed. His friends
joked around saying this is all because of Darya's arrival!
Although Sydney's concert was sold out twice, meaning the size of
the crowd exceeded twice the size that the hall could accommodate,
a number of issues were noticeable due to lack of space and number
of audience. The fault was that of the so-called "promoter"
Mr. Basir Aria who had "organized!" the show. This gentleman
had selected a hall, which could accommodate a crowd of 800 people,
whereas he sold 1600 tickets. A few hundred other fans who couldn't
find any space regrettably had to leave from behind the hall doors,
which were about to break.
If a person wanted to walk from one corner to the other corner of
the hall, it would probably take them more than an hour, since all
the hallways were occupied. Outside the hall there were a large
number of people waiting for last minute tickets. Among those people,
there were a few young men who had turned tiered and bored from
waiting desperately for such a long time, turned a car upside down,
which was parked in front of the hall! This way they tried to cool
down their temper, and the road was heavily congested with traffic
for several hours. Within 2 hours more than several police patrol
cars arrived in the scene to help and calm the people down.
Despite all these numbers, Darya and his band shined brilliantly,
and it was a grand and marvellous show. The fans celebrated their
beloved artist, and rocked the night as well.
Who was to be blamed? Why should such a disorganization and mess
happen at the first place? The answer is fairly simple. Its because
the organization of such have never been in the hands of professionals,
but rather shopkeepers and businessmen who think arranging a concert
is a very simple task to perform. All that matters to these gentlemen
are their own pockets and not the prestige of others and their own.
As a result the reputation and prestige that artists such as Darya
have gained, comes under immediate fire. We all hope that one day
the holly roots of our music will be taken away from dirty hands
of these money lovers.
At the end of the program, Chief Executive Officer of AustCare Maj.
Gen. Warren Glenny, thanked Darya for his humanly concerns and his
sense of responsibility in regards to his people, culture and help
to human kind. A beautiful sculpture of the globe, which has been
crafted by Anna Cohn and dates back to World War II, was gifted
Despite the fact that the fans didn't want Darya to leave the stage,
the night had past it's mid point, and Darya had performed for a
long day, he had to say farewell to his eager and anxious people
who wanted to hear more.
Later in the backstage, which could hardly accommodate more than
5 people, tons of his fans poured in to take pictures and autographs
of their most respected and favorite artist. A person called from
behind the mass with a loud voice "Brother! Tell Darya that
his friend from his kindergarten times is here!"
The Cradle of Aboriginees
5 January 2002. Melbourne, Australia
caravan of "I am cold!" campaign also flew Darya to
the remotest part of the world, Australia. This lengthy tour
took him from United States to Italy, Germany (Frankfurt, Hamburg),
back in the US, Sydney Australia and eventually to Melbourne.
He was fatigued enough that he couldn't speak. Even than he
was concerned about his fans and exerted all the energy to perform
at full posture.
The whole hall including its two-storied seating fleet was full
of fans and was releasing the heat from their applause and their
love, as if this was their first rendezvous with Darya. Several
different camera crews from Australia's different TV stations
focused their lenses on Darya to prepare their reports on Darya's
tremendous efforts to perform for his country's needy and suffering
5, 2002. Melbourne, Austrailia.
"I am Cold!" tour.
this concert was full house and completely sold out like all his
other shows. Darya performed several pieces from his two most recent
albums, "Foreign Land" and "Shakar", which was
the first time to be performed by the artist himself in Australia.
Four different accompanying instruments, Tabla, Tumbek, Electronic
Drum, and Daf (performed by Darya himself) with his voice brought
a huge heat to the crowd.
contributed his share of profit along with the sum collected as
donation from the audience to Afghanistan's needy children through
a highly reputed organization, AustCare. The proceeds from both
concerts in Australia will be donated to this organization for delivery.
Afghan Australian Community couldn't recall any larger gathering
of this nature with such a crowd before. One could hear in a loud
voice from the crowd things like "Darya, wish you a long life!"
or "We are proud of you" and notably children and teens
who would say "autograph please Uncle!".