Rahim Jahani, a veteran Afghan singer and one of the pioneers of Persian music in pre-revolutionary Afghanistan, passed away on Sunday in the U.S.
According to his family, Mr. Jahani was battling with cancer and passed away peacefully at his home in California on Sunday morning. He was 67.
The legendary singer’s death has been widely mourned by his fans in Afghanistan and rest of the world. Ministry of Information and Culture also issued a statement expressing grief over his death.
Mr. Jahani, who once lived in the Silo district of Kabul, had his primary education at Ashiqan o Arefan High School in Kabul. He developed interest in music at the age of 10 and went to Moscow for professional training.
He was known for his mellifluous voice with which he mesmerized millions of his fans across the world. His song, “Ishq-e-Man” (my love) is unarguably one of the all-time best songs. The various renditions of this song are still performed by new generation of singers in Afghanistan.
Mr. Jahani was married to Salma Jahani, another legendary singer of Persian music. Both of them left Afghanistan many years ago and settled in the U.S.
He was known for his mellifluous voice with which he mesmerized millions of his fans across the world
“It is the end of an era, there can be no Rahim Jahani again,” says Rohullah Mohammadi, one of his die-hard fans. “His music gripped the hearts of millions across the world and made him immortal, he will live in our hearts forever,” he says, wiping away his tears.
Maseeh Popalzai, a Kabul-based model and singer, says the death of Jahani is a big loss to the world of Persian music. “It is a sad day for all of us, his music has been a source of inspiration and entertainment to millions of his fans, but he remains alive through his work.”
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