Bio of Qamar Gula
Qamar Gola is an Afghan singer. She distinguishes being the only other female Pashto-speaking singer (after Rukhshana) to sing for Radio Television Afghanistan. An Afghan music veteran, her career spans nearly five decades.
The early life of Qamar Gula
Qamar Gula was born in the Afghan province of Nangarhar. She started her singing career at the age of seven, and due to the overwhelming audience, she was encouraged to pursue a career. Her career peaked when she married Mohammad Din Zakhil, who was the composer of many songs. By the early 1970s, she had gained fame throughout Afghanistan and became one of the country’s top female singers.
Qamar Gula shifted to Canada because of the continuous civil war in Afghanistan. However, she still breathes in the province of Ontario, from where she continues her music career.
Legacy of Qamar Gula
Qamar Gula’s music includes compositions by Zakhil as well as other Afghan composers. He is still popular among Afghans, especially among the older generation, who have linked his music to Afghanistan’s pre-Civil War times. Her voice is frequently pointed to as the “Golden Voice” by the Afghan media. Over the years, she has collaborated with various Afghan singers: with Rukhsana in the 1970s, Gula Zaman in the 1980s, and Zarsanga, Waheed Qasmi, and Hungama in the 2010s.
Awards and Recognition of Qamar Gula
- Golden Medals: Zahir Shah, Daud Khan, Babrak Karmal and Mohammad Najibullah – King and Presidents of Afghanistan.
- Nightingale title: Hamid Karzai – President of Afghanistan
- Best Singer: Ariana Television
- Best Singer: Afghan community of California