Elaha Sorur is going to rock Europe on June 4, 2011. She will perform in Copenhagen and possibly other European cities as well. The 22 year old Afghan singer became a national sensation after shining in the Afghan Stars, a TOLO TV music contest show in 2009 (the Afghan version of American Idol). Although she couldn’t won the first place and landed on third, Elaha proved to be more successful in music career comparing to her male rivals in the show. She has been releasing hit singles in the past two years and her music videos are all over the Afghan TVs and Youtube.
She is more than a female singer, being educated in Iran, she is like a role model for post-taliban generation of Afghan girls. She is self-confident, outspoken, fashionable, beautiful and politically aware. Her song, Sangsar (“stoning”) about Afghan women is very provocative and strong-worded which was admired by many in Afghanistan particularly the women activists.
She has been studying music and English for the past 9 months or so in Delhi, and at the same time working on her debut album. I’ve listened to a couple of tracks from her new album and I have to say they are great. There is a rock song called Divanagi (“madness’) that I liked the most. I believe Afghanistan is too small for her, she can better pursue her music career in the West and even try her luck in fashion industry as a model.
Anyway, I recommend her concert to anyone close to the venue in Denmark.