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Shabnam Suraya Biography

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Shabnam Surayyo (also spelled as Surayo, Suraya, or Soraya, Tajik: Шабнами Сурайё, شبنم ثریا), born on October 14, 1981 in Kulyab, Tajikstan is a popular Tajik singer. She was born into a musical family, with both her mother (Surayyo Qosimova) and sister (Farzona Khurshed) also well-known singers in Tajikistan. However, Shabnam was little known until her popularity rose dramatically in 2006, when one of her songs was ranked #1 in Tajikistan. Following this success, Shabnam hit international stardom amongst tajik people and Tajik-speakers around the globe. Most notably, she is popular in Afghanistan because she works with singers from that country and sometimes also covers their songs, either together with the original artists or with their permission (e.g. her duets with Jonibek Murodov, Jawid Sharif or Najib Nawabi). Shabnam also collaborated with the Afghan singer Jawid Sharif, creating a duet Ey Khuda. In addition, Shabnam has also performed duets with Tajiki singers, including Bahrom, Suhrobi Safarzod, Parvina Shukrulloeva, Jonibek Murodov and others from her own country. She also sang in Leila Forouhar’s concert in Tajikistan in 2006. In 2007, Shabnam Surayyo was nominated as the Goodwill Ambassador for Tajikistan and helped raise the awareness of AIDS.

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