Nasrat Parsa was born to a Tajik family in a suburb of Kabul, Afghanistan. His family, especially his oldest brother Najibullah Parsa, was already involved in music to a certain extent and the environment of a musical household helped materialize Nasrat’s artistic talents. According to Nasrat's personal account, he was first discovered after singing the songs of Ahmad Zahir on a national radio broadcast. After the singer heard the renditions of his songs by the 7 year old Nasrat, he got in touch with the child and invited him to sing with him. Thus was Nasrat’s formal initiation into singing.
From his initial involvements in private parties to the formal weddings where strong singing background is considered, Nasrat's name ranked high on the choice list. At this time, he started working on recording professional albums as well. His initial works met with moderate notability; however, they were commercially steady in success.
At weddings he was acclaimed for the warm welcoming of the bride and groom with his number Maa Destmal Aawordaim (ما دستمال آورديم ) (Gohar Album) which roughly translates as “we‘ve brought our brother’s bride.” This album established Nasrat as a respected singer and also garnered him praise of critics. As a matter of fact, the monumentalizing of the bride and groom union following the entrance anthem of Ahesta Boro (آهسته برو) in weddings with the hit song of the Gohar Album is now a strong tradition of Afghan weddings.
His performances hereon became regular, and he often teamed with other singers to perform in various cities outside of Germany.
In 2005, Nasrat Parsa was invited to perform at a concert in Vancouver, Canada, on the occasion of Mother’s Day, opening a comprehensive tour that was scheduled to include several cities in North America. At the height of his popularity, and on the occasion of promoting his upcoming album Dil, the singer flew to Canada where he performed to a large crowd of fans, some of whom saw him live on stage for the first time.
Although the event itself went smoothly, the developments later on in the night were to etch a tragic mark. During a break on his concert, Nasrat was approached by a group of young men claiming to be his fans. They asked him, aggressively, if he would sing fast songs. He stated to them that he couldn´t because he was not prepared to perform such songs. Although the singer maintained his composure & was being respectful to the attending mothers who came to his concert on the occasion of Mother’s Day, one of the infuriated men, dissatisfied with the justification, unexpectedly punched the singer in the face. This caused him to slump in shock and lose his balance. Since Nasrat had the disadvantage of position over the stairs, he fell, hitting his head on one of the concrete cases. Immediately unconscious, the singer didn't recover from his injuries. On Sunday, May 8 2005 at 11:15pm (Pacific Time) Nasrat Ali Parsa, 36, was pronounced dead at a Vancouver hospital.
We are deeply saddened and deeply touched by Nasrat Parsa’s death. Singers are the moral property of a society. - Gholam Mohamed Yosufzai (Acting Deputy Minister of Information of Afghanistan in Agence France-Presse, May 10 2005
The death of Parsa on Mother's Day must have been heart-stopping news for his mother and family. - Salim Alim (Music Retailer, CBC.CA News, May 10 2005
He never smiled in any of his pictures... perhaps he had sensed his life's tragic end at the hands of his countrymen beforehand. - Ozair (Nasrat Parsa Vigil, Laguna Beach, CA. May 13, 2005)
|1||Maa Destmal Aawordaim||Gohar||1996||Wedding Song|
|2||Masoma||Naz||2004||Saifo's Masoma Rendition|
|3||Laily Majnoon||Naz||2004||Love Song|
Today his nephew Haris Parsa still performs his songs.