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Sporting a black quiff and sideburns, Ahmad Zahir sang of love and heartbreak in liberal 1970s Kabul -- a war-plagued city where the popularity of Afghanistan's "Elvis" remains undimmed 40 years after his death."Everybody loved him," 73-year-old Safiullah Sobat, a longtime friend of Zahir, told AFP. "At nighttime girls would come outside his house and honk their car horns". On his 33rd birthday, in 1979, Zahir was found dead in his car under mysterious circumstances. In Afghanistan today, where space for music and dance has shrunk under the shadow of war, music channels still play his songs daily. An ethnic Pashtun, Zahir played concerts in various locations across the country and had fans among all ethnic groups in Afghanistan, which is now far more polarized.
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