I was born and raised in the City of Hamburg, Germany.
My parents are both from Kabul, Afghanistan.
After finishing German high-school (Abitur) I studied first Business Administration at the University of Hamburg/Bremen and then Computer Science
at the University of Applied Science in Heidelberg and earned thus 2 university-degrees.
A three months undergraduate degree program for international students at a college in the Bay Area/California and an internship in Boston, Mass for five months, rounded up my international experience.
I worked for some multinational companies like Siemens, Dt. Telekom, EADS, SAP and currently working for a multinational Business-Software
developing company in Heidelberg, Germany in the field of Business Consulting.
I also used toWork for our family-owned enterprise which is a wholesale
oriental rugs & carpets business, operated and owned for more than
35 years by my father, located in the Freeport of Hamburg.
Besides this I started my musical career comparatively late, compared to others who were born into musicians families, in 1997 when buying
my first keyboard.
I changed my attitude towards performing music the day I become acquainted with my dear friend Ali Etemadi. Besides becoming
good friends he was also convinced that he recovered a certain amount of musical talent and encouraged me to get more into music through hard practicing and listening.
Soon I noticed that for Afghan music it will be a tremendous help to know the basics of our afghan music which are mainly based on the
classical music rules of North India.
My first teacher who gave me an introduction to the world of Indian Thaat?s and Raaga?s was Mr. Alishah Sadozai (Khoshal), a well-known,
Hamburg based, excellent Ghazal Singer who is still one of my favorite singers and for whom I have great respect and admiration.
Alishah-jaan is still teaching as a certified musical educationalist in the field of North Indian Classical Music Theory at the "Staatliche Jugend-
Equipped with this knowledge and through hard practising I was able to play and accompany by ear, which is a fundamental ability of eastern style of music.
I really appreciated this ability especially when accompanying Masters like Ustad Sharif Ghazal or high-class Ghazal Singers like Najim Nawabi.
The next crucial chapter of my musical career was when leaving my beloved hometown Hamburg and moved to southern Germany in
order to start my second degree at the "University of Applied Science" in Heidelberg.
Through my friend and very talented tabla player, Mr. Omed Noori,
I met Mr. Nasrat Parsa (RIP), who was related to him.
Soon we became very good friends and we blended well on stage. Since then I accompanied Nasrat-jaan on stage at all of his concerts
including our last tragic concert in Vancouver.
I also arranged songs for his 2 last albums Naz and Dil.
Through Nasrat-jaan, who was a student of great Pakistani Ghazal Singer Ghulam Ali Khan, I learned more into detail of raagas and through rhythm-practicing with my friend Omed (who is a student of great Tabla-Maestro Pandit Anindoo Chatterjee) improving my
understanding and feeling of "Lay" (rhythm).
In order to get more into western roots I took also piano lessons (classical style) for 2 years from my dear teacher Wolfgang of
"Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst Heidelberg".
Nowadays the most projects I spend, along with my band colleauges, with artists like Farhad Shams, Jawid Sharif, Obaid Juenda and in the USA
Ehsan Aman, Najim.
Besides performing and working on modern pop music I enjoy listining to Hindi Ghazals and to "light Classicals" like amazing Ustad Rashid Khan (India). I also enjoy listening to arrangements of worldwide renowned Greek Keyboarder and Arranger Yanni.
Nowadays I am in the process of building my own band with the help of my dear friends and music colleagues and thus providing professional music and live performances to afghan artists.
For the future I will also get more involved into arranging and sequencing music which I was not able to accomplish in a high degree due to lack of time.
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