Hamed Wardak is a name that many people know. A refugee who has made some amazing strides in the world and in advancing his mission of acceptance for all people and promoting world peace, Wardak is now looking to have a different type of impact: a musical one.
Before we get into Wardak the musician, we must first introduce Wardak, the son. He was born to General Abdul Rahim Wardak, who was a national resistance leader, known for being important in the Soviet aggression and the occupation of Afghanistan. Hamed Wardak always considered his father a great role model and credits many of his people-focused values and his world-focused outlook to him. However, Hamed Wardak also grew up to be a great man in his own right.
Where has Hamed Wardak been?
Hamed Wardak chose to begin his adult life with the best education possible, firmly believing that this would help him reach his goals and further his mission. Thus, he graduated from Georgetown University back in 1997. However, Wardak wasn’t just another student. He was the valedictorian of his class, scoring a perfect GPA, and was even named a Rhodes Scholar.
After earning his degree in Government and Political Theory, Hamed Wardak worked for the Merrill Lynch Company in mergers and acquisitions. He also worked with the United States for the Afghan Finance Minister as a Private Envoy and worked as a Managing Director for International Operations at Technologists, Inc., where he negotiated many building contracts in Afghanistan. His goal was to always remember where he came from and to find new ways to incorporate it into his life, all while bringing people of different nationalities together.
To further reach these goals, he served as a Board Member of the Campaign for a US Afghanistan Partnership and worked tirelessly to improve relations between Afghanistan and the United States. He is known and well-respected for interviewing real people from Afghanistan and for sharing and publicizing the knowledge that many of these people wished to have a more democratic government.
Despite all he has done for his home country and the United States, Wardak still has more to give and wants to give it, though now he wants to do so in a new way: through music.
Where is Wardak Going?
Always having had great respect and love for the artistry behind the music he listened to growing up, Hamed Wardak recently decided it was time to turn his passion into a profession, as he has done in so many other facets of his life. His thinking was that he could create the music he loved while focusing on the bigger-picture goal of promoting peace to his listeners, especially younger listeners, in whom Hamed Wardak places great hope. He views them as the leaders of tomorrow and wants to inspire them to do great things.
In order to distinguish between Hamed Wardak the man and Wardak the professional techno producer and performer, he has created a new name for himself: The “Valen of Wicked.” Using this new persona, he has created a brand new blend of techno music, fusing the different cultures he loves so dearly.
And, thankfully, this new music is reaching people, speaking to them, and having an impact. Valen of Wicked has gained praise and rave reviews from major electronic music houses in New York City, all of whom see the meaning behind the music.
And, outside of just critical approval, the Valen of Wicked is gaining something even more important: a large following of diehard, loyal fans.
When asked why he creates the music he does and what it means to him, he says that it’s all “dynamically personal.” He does hint, though, that his musical moniker comes from his experiences in the past, both the good and the bad, that have led him to be the man he is today and to have the forward-minded vision that he does. The name also, he says, reflects the unique sound and feel he’s so proud to create with his music.
A man who never stops doing new things, surprising people, and helping others to see the world in a fresh, new way, Hamed Wardak as the Valen of Wicked is going places with music. The only question that remains is what surprises does he have in store for us along the way and how will we invest in his eventual rise to stardom? And, only time will tell on that one!