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Nasrat Parsa

Nasrat Parsa

Nasrat Parsa


Nasrat Parsa (Persian: نصرت پارسا, February 22, 1969–May 8, 2005) was an Afghan singer. Up until his murder, he continued his music in exile from Hamburg, Germany, occasionally touring other countries. Nasrat Parsa was born to a middle class family in a suburb of Kabul, Afghanistan. His family was already involved in music to a certain extent and the environment of a musical household helped materialize Nasrat’s artistic talents. Due to Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the ensuing disruptive guerrilla fighting Read more on Last.fm
Nasrat Parsa (Persian: نصرت پارسا, February 22, 1969–May 8, 2005) was an Afghan singer. Up until his murder, he continued his music in exile from Hamburg, Germany, occasionally touring other countries. Nasrat Parsa was born to a middle class family in a suburb of Kabul, Afghanistan. His family was already involved in music to a certain extent and the environment of a musical household helped materialize Nasrat’s artistic talents. Due to Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the ensuing disruptive guerrilla fighting, Nasrat Parsa and his family left Afghanistan in 1981 for Pakistan and subsequently to India. They took residence in the capital city of New Delhi, a popular destination for most Afghan war civilians.

There the 12 year old émigré was said to delve into studying music to find comfort from the negative psychological effects of the war. He attended the school of music under the apprenticeship of classic Indian singer Daish Pandi.He also studied with Ustad Monawar Ali Khan, a leading authority in certain Indian music styles who taught him details of musical instruments and notes. He became one of the few Afghan singers who had a formal training in classical music. It was these lessons that would prepare him for performing the ghazals that he later became known for in Europe. After a few transition years in India, Nasrat and his family immigrated to Germany.

Establishing contact with other fellow countrymen in Hamburg, Nasrat became more involved in the music scene with the other exiled Afghan singers and musicians. At weddings he was acclaimed for the warm welcoming of the bride and groom with his number Maa Destmal Aawordaim (ما دستمال آورديم ) (Gohar Album) which roughly translates as “we‘ve brought our brother’s bride.” This album established Nasrat as a respected singer and also garnered him praise of critics. As a matter of fact, the monumentalizing of the bride and groom union following the entrance anthem of Ahesta Boro (آهسته برو) in weddings with the hit song of the Gohar Album is now a strong tradition of Afghan weddings. His performances hereon became regular, and he often teamed with other singers to perform in various cities outside of Germany. In 2005, Nasrat Parsa was invited to perform at a concert in Vancouver on the occasion of Mother’s Day, opening a comprehensive tour that was scheduled to include several cities in North America. At the height of his popularity, and on the occasion of promoting his upcoming album Dil, the singer flew to Canada where he performed to a large crowd of fans, some of whom saw him live on stage for the first time. Although the event itself went smoothly, the developments later on in the night was to etch a tragic mark. Shortly after reaching his hotel room after the performance, Nasrat was approached by a group of young men claiming to be his fans.

There he was confronted by them about snubbing their request for singing fast songs that forced the drunken group to walk around idly instead of engaging them in festivity of dancing. Although the singer maintained he was being respectful to the attending mothers who came to his concert on the occasion of Mother’s Day, one of the infuriated men-a 19 year old Ahmad Saier Froogh-dissatisfied with the justification, unexpectedly punched the singer in the face. This caused him to slump in shock and lose his balance. Since Nasrat had the disadvantage of position over the stairs, he fell, hitting his head on one of the concrete cases in a severe blow that had gained force with the momentum of the full fall.

Immediately unconscious, the singer didn't recover from his injuries. On Sunday, May 8, 2005 at 11:15pm (Pacific Time) Nasrat Ali Parsa, 36, was pronounced dead at a Vancouver hospital. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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