Afghan Artist Qais Essar Releases Second US album: Zima Afghanistan

K. Qais Essar, released his second U.S. EP this week entitled Zima Afghanistan. The album marks a culmination of the past year, the trials and triumphs it has brought; personally and professionally.
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Nov. 15, 2012 - PRLog -- K. Qais Essar, released his second U.S. EP this week entitled Zima Afghanistan.  The album marks a culmination of the past year, the trials and triumphs it has brought; personally and professionally.  The song Bamiyan Sky is the first cut featured on this album.  Bamiyan can be translated as ‘The Place of Shining Light’.  Known for its bluest sky and brightest sun, Bamiyan is the largest town in the region of Hazarajat in central Afghanistan.

A CD release tour will begin in Montreal, QC Canada on October 30 when Qais will travel and perform for ten days at a variety of festivals, performing arts theaters and cultural venues.  A US CD release party is scheduled in December in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.

Zima Afghanistan, produced by Qais Essar and Eric Zang features eight tracks; each one highlighting Essar’s work on the Rabab, an Afghan lute instrument that can be dated back 2500 years.  A portion of the proceeds from the album will benefit Women for Afghan Women, a non-profit, grassroots, civil society organization; whose mission is dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic.  When asked about his choice to donate to WAW and the significance it holds in Qais’ heart he replied, “The world is in turmoil.  Being a US citizen, I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given to live in a civil society.  Our people of Afghanistan struggle and our women are suffering.  Being a son and husband, I appreciate and value the wisdom of my mother, the love from my wife ~ all women should have the same rights as any man, the freedom to realize their full potential.  I want to make a difference.”  

Zima Afghanistan is available online at  To receive a press kit, schedule appearance for booking or media interview, please contact:  J. Carro | Artist Management | Marketing & PR 480.495.8924 c. |

About Qais Essar

Qais is a talented musician and live performer, carrying on the traditional legacy of classical Afghan instrumentation, as set by Ustad Mohammad Omar- the “Father of the Rabab”. Trained extensively in both classical and traditional mediums, Essar has been able to fuse the Rabab with both western and eastern styling, collaborating with many prominent artists and masters, covering the musical spectrum, performing domestically and internationally.  "One pluck of a string and it resonates within the hearts of all of our people...It's such a powerful symbol” ~ K.Q. Essar

About the Rabab

The Rabab is mentioned in countless works of Sufi poetry, having then, and continuing to still ensnare the hearts of its audience, with its charming, and sweet tones, whether used in a classical or folk fashion.  The pride of its people, the Rabab is carefully crafted from the finest wood, harvested from the mulberry trees native to Afghanistan with goat skin stretched across the top. With 3 core strings, 2 drone strings, and 11-13 sympathetic strings (tuned to the specific raga) and struck with a wooden plectrum, the Rabab produces a deep ambient timbre, deliberate; unrivaled.  

About Women for Afghan Women
Women for Afghan Women organization advocates for women’s rights and challenge the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change.  Women for Afghan Women also known as WAW is committed to the leadership and agency of Afghan women in the struggle for their human rights. WAW's work takes place within the religious and cultural context of the women of Afghanistan. There work is strengthened by our commitment to diversity. Our board and staff team includes men and women and a diverse representation of age, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation.  WAW is a resolute advocate for Afghan women’s human rights.
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