Wajiha Rastagar (Afghani/Persian:وجيهه رستگار) is one of the most talented singers in Afghanistan and perhaps one of the most controversial artists. Though already as a student she had become famous with her song “Watan ranaa kawoo”, her career started singing with GULI SURKH orchestra formed by her husband Farid Rastagar and his friends such as famous musician Amir jan Sabori.
Wajiha Rastagar has been singing a notable number of Afghanistan’s famous songs among which range some popular Afghani folk songs. Most of her songs are popular amongst Afghans as well as Iranians. Her song NAZI JAN was re-performed by Iranian singers. In 2003, her album Delk-i-khoshbawar won the Bestseller award from KHORASAN MUSIC. Wajiha Rastagar has received the title of the “Best singer of the year” in Afghanistan and in Europe.
Wajiha and Farid have been living in exile in Germany since 1992. They have released 5 CDs and music videos in exile and have had numerous concerts in Europe, Australia, USA and Canada.
On PANDAwomen Wajiha Rastager will perform with Farid Rastagar (keyboard), Samim Zafar (rubab) and Massod Rezeq (percussion).
Tickets: 15 € online / 20 € doors / 5 € for social welfare recipients on the day of event.
PANDAwomen Festival explores the female side of today’s music scene, whether on stage or behind the scenes. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the festival provides a space for musical experimentation and collaboration. This year’s PANDAwomen is dedicated to women who have had to leave their homes and refuge. Women flee, escaping from war, hunger, political or religious persecution, forced marriages, and sexual violence. There is no hope that the situation will change for the better soon, but there’s hope that women who have found their new home may finally speak up without hiding their faces.