An Afghan Star: Sediq Shabab

Working together has been more important than ever these recent months – so we’d like to pay tribute to some of the people who have helped Glasgow Afghan United in our mission to promote the values of unity, equality, peace and diversity through culture, sport and education.

We were thrilled and honoured to have the celebrated singer Sediq Shabab join us for our annual Burns & Rumi celebration in January 2021.

We’d normally get everyone together in one for this to enjoy a feast of food, music and poetry, but we staged the event online this time and we knew we had to make it extra special to capture that same sense of excitement.

Who better to help than Sediq Shabab?

An award-winning musician, Sediq is a true Afghan star who broke with his family tradition to pursue a career as a performer. He’s since sold more than 1 million copies of his albums

Originally from Jalalabad in Panjsher province, he formed the popular group Lala Hal with his brother Tahir Shabab in the 90s, which became one of Afghanistan’s biggest groups. He now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, where he’s continued recording both traditional and contemporary tracks in Farsi, Pashto, Uzbek and Urdu.

His fan base stretches across Europe, South Asia and Central Asia and much of his music deals with the Afghan war and its impact on the country and people. Through song, Sediq speaks of peace and national unity – powerful messages.

He also uses Rumi’s poetry in his music and so for this reason and all the others listed here, he was perfect for our multi-cultural celebration, which drew an audience of dignitaries from Afghanistan, Algeria and Japan as well as Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland.

Not forgetting of course our wonderful members and others from all backgrounds and walks of life.

It truly was a night to remember during a very dark period. We cannot thank Sediq Shabab enough for joining us and delighting us with his music.

If you’d like to listen yourself, you can do so on platforms including Spotify and YouTube.

To read more about our Burns & Rumi event, take a look at this article by The National newspaper.


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