In order to fully understand and appreciate the efforts of Hamed Wardak, as a futuristic Paul Harvey might have said before his famous radio stories rather than afterward, “Now you’ll know the rest of the story.”
One of Wardak’s latest ventures is in the area of techno music and his group called Valen of Wicked. Even here, on his Instagram site, Wardak’s philosophy spills over with posts like “Love your neighbor who doesn’t look like you, think like you, love like you, speak like you, pray like you, vote like you. No Exceptions. Love”
In explaining the name of his group during an interview with ContentHow, Wardak said he wanted to come up with a new electronic flavor by incorporating the musical sounds of many cultures, colors, and beliefs. By doing so, he added that it may deliver something to an audience that doesn’t get to hear this kind of music.
The meaning of this title from a play about Sir Thomas Moore has evolved over the years to now describe a person who’s ready to calmly deal with just about every situation imaginable.
That title is indeed fitting for Harmed Wardak who was born in Afghanistan two years before the Soviet Union invaded the country in December 1979 , the son of General Abdul Rahim Wardak. His father fought the Russians in the 1980’s during the Soviet occupation and was later named the country’s Defense Minister in 2004.
As noted novelist Dara Horn once said, “Every person has a legacy. You may not know what your impact is, and it may not be something that you can write on your tombstone, but every person has an impact on this world.”
Hamed Wardak is at the forefront of a new generation for American refugees. This generation commits to instigating positive changes for the future.
Hamed Wardak is a philanthropist. He spent his life using his talents to come to the rescue of refugees, children, and all those in need of a helping hand. To get to this point, Hamed Wardak created for himself quite the journey.
After secondary school, Wardak attended Georgetown University, graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1997. He graduated with a BA in Government and Political Theory. Upon his graduation from Georgetown, Hamed was honored to be named a Rhodes Scholar-1997. College graduates who show exceptional levels of integrity and a passion for improving the lives of those around them earn this incredible honor each year. This award is only given to thirty-two students each year. Hamed Wardak was one of those thirty-two in 1997.
The trend in electronic music incorporating diverse cultural sounds. Whether it be the reproduction of sounds from a lost culture in the West Indies or just producing found sound from the local dry cleaner to add to my sound, the incorporation of such diverse cultural sounds in electronic music is bringing depth to the artform in a whole new way.
Every artist must have the discipline necessary to focus and craft their art completely. As the creator of every beat of my music, I am the entrepreneur of every sound and if I am not creating and revealing the truth of the music every single day, then I am not making progress and my business is not growing as it should.
Hamed Wardak was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, the son of Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak. He spent his formative years in Pakistan and then the United States of America. Wardak attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. from 1993 to ‘97 where he was named valedictorian of his graduating class. He graduated with a BA in Government and Political Theory.
Since its creation in 1902, each year 32 college kids from the United States of America are named Rhodes Scholars. Rhodes Scholars are elected for their proficient scholarly accomplishments but their integrity, engagement, and devotion to others and the general good, and for their potential for effectiveness in whatever specialties their vocations may point. Famous Rhodes Scholars include Former President Bill Clinton (1968), George Stephanopoulos (1984), Kris Kristofferson (1954), and Rachel Maddow (2001). Hamed Wardak earned this distinguished honor in 1997. It was cited when he won the Rhodes Scholarship that Hamed, a government student at Georgetown University, traveled back to his original birthplace of Afghanistan to appropriate medical equipment and provisions during the civil war.
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