خانم سارا زلاند / Madam Sara Zoland – 45 rpm on Royal label

Khanom Sara Zoland – “Anar Anar”

For this second post, we have decided to share a version of the famous Afghan song “Anar Anar” which became so famous that it was then interpreted by artists from all over Central Asia (like here in Tajikistan) and is still played today, like recently by Afghan/American musician Qais Essar.

This 45 rpm was edited in Iran with the appellation “Afghani” on it. We don’t know where it was recorded. It is known that the singer – Mrs Sara Zoland – has been living during a period in Tehran with her husband (the late Ustad Jalil Zoland). So maybe both songs of this ep were recorded at this time. But it is also known that some 78 rpm of Afghan artists – recorded in Radio Kabul during 50’s/60’s era and edited by the Russian national company under the label “Da Kabul Radio Gramophonik”
د کابل راديو گراموفون تيک – were then reissued on 45 rpm in Iran, as it was the case for this ep from Ustad Yaghoub Qassemi.

So maybe this Sara Zoland’s version of “Anar Anar” was recorded in the early 60’s in Kabul and then reissued in Iran on 45 rpm format. Rokhshanah also used to sing this song. This song is so famous today that nobody really knows who was the first to sing it, and that is I think the destiny of any song that is finally becoming part of a country’s cultural heritage.

You can listen to the side B just below:

Khanom Sara Zoland – “Golhezar”

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