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Abdul-Rahim Sārbān known simply as Sarban, was a singer from Kabul
Kabul , spelt Caubul in some classic literatures, is the capital and largest city of Afghanistan. It is also the capital of the Kabul Province, located in the eastern section of Afghanistan...

, Afghanistan
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. He was born in Kabul an old area called (Saragy) to rice verdure father and stay home mother. He is known for his unique voice and music style that no other singer from Afghanistan has been able to imitate. The legendary Ahmad Zahir
Ahmad Zahir
Ahmad Zahir was a singer, songwriter, and composer from Afghanistan. He is considered an icon of Afghan music and is sometimes called the "King of Afghan music"...

 was born in Kabul too was a fan of Sarban and incorporated his original songs into Zahir's own collection. Sarban had also some success outside of Afghanistan, especially in the neighboring Persian-speaking countries Iran
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 and Tajikistan
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, where he gave several rounds of live performances at the height of his career
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Sarban’s life is said to have been unhappy. Little is known of his childhood
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 and most sources only speak of him after his rise to fame
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From humble beginnings to national recognition, Sarban gained popularity due to his unconventional music style and a voice that simultaneously absorbed and repelled the listener. Due to the uniqueness of the tone
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 of his voice, he was constantly analyzed. He had a polarized fan base as those who loved him did so with a passion
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 and those who disregarded him also did so with strong sentiments.


Sarban was reclusive and a shy man throughout his life. He seemed indifferent to fame and his celebrity status. Sarban had a drinking problem most of his life. There are no clear records of when he started drinking, but it was a well-known fact in Kabul Radio that Sarban could not sing without having a drink first. During the early 80s his alcoholism was taking its toll, and some of the symptoms began to manifest themselves: eccentric behavior on the stage; his speech began to deteriorate. The deteriorating voice effectively ended his singing career.


Sarban died in poverty living in Pakistan. But after 12 years of his death, his dead body was taken back to the city where he was making thousands of his fans enjoy and buried in the Shohada-e-Saliheen in Kabul.


Sarban was the first person to put lyrics to the Auhista Boro (Go Slowly) anthem played for brides on their wedding day.the famous British Muslim singer Sami Yousuf copied his first song from Sarban composed song, BEYAKE BEREM BA MAZAR(Oh Allah the Almighty) Among hundreds of other songs, he is especially remembered for his Gul Parast'(Flower Worshiper). The music, lyrics and tone of that song have the critics startled to this day.