An Afghan artist paints an image of Afghan singer Ahmad Zahir during the Sound Central Festival at the French Cultural Centre in Kabul. afp
Sporting a black quiff and sideburns, Ahmad Zahir sang of love and heartbreak in liberal 1970s Kabul – a city now plagued by war and suffering, but where the popularity of “Afghanistan’s Elvis” remains undimmed 40 years after his death.

Zahir – the son of a former prime minister with a penchant for brandy and his red Mercedes – rose to fame in an era when the capital hummed with Western tourists and women strolled through the streets in high heels.

“Everybody loved him,” 73-year-old Safiullah Sobat, a long-time friend of Zahir, said.

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