Qais Essar

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Qais Essar is an Afghan-American musician, based in Phoenix, Arizona.[1] A rabab player and songwriter, he is most noted for the song "The Crown Sleeps" from the film The Breadwinner, which won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018.[2] He co-wrote the song with Joshua Hill, a bandmate in the now defunct band Qosmonauts.[2]


  • The Green Language (2014)
  • Klasik (EP, 2015)
  • I am Afghan, Afghani is Currency (EP, 2015)
  • Tavern of Ruin (2016)
  • I am Afghan, Afghani is Currency Vol 2: Beltoon (EP, 2017)
  • Live in Toronto (2017)
  • Misc Vol 1 (2018)
  • The Ghost You Love Most (2018)


  1. ^ "Qais Essar Turns Ancient Afghan Music into a Time-Traveling Experiment of Sound". Phoenix New Times, January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Maudie, Kim's Convenience, Ava, Alias Grace, and Rumble among major winners at Canadian Screen Awards". The Georgia Straight, March 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Apple Music: Qais Essar". October 2019. External link in |work= (help)

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