Born in 1958, singer, composer and music researcher Vaheed Kaacemy hails from a well-known family with a rich background in music. After graduating from the Faculty of Literature of Kabul University, with a degree in Persian Language, he began his formal career in music.
In 1976, with a group of gifted friends including Abdullah Kaacemy, Turyalai Nawaz, and Kaacem Kaacemy, Vaheed founded Shine. The band rose to astonishing fame within a short period and became known for their ability to fuse Afghan folkloric tunes with western style songs and modern music.
In 1978 Vaheed began working with the Main State-run Radio TV Station, where for the next seven years he contributed significantly to the enhancement of Afghan folk music. As a singer, composer, and guitarist, he teamed up with renowned artists to record popular hits.
From the very early stages of his life, one of Vaheed remarkable gifts in music was his ability to make up lyrics-backed and pure music which, together with a generous and collaborative spirit, has led to his composing music for a range of musicians and vocalists who have gone on to gain acclaim. Vaheeds compositions have been sung by a range of new and established Afghan, Iranian, and Indian singers.
This passion for the traditional music of his native Afghanistan has compelled Vaheed to help and support initiatives dealing with Afghan folk music. His work towards trying to bridge the divide between rural and urban music, in an effort to expose the rich traditional of Afghan music has meant that he spends substantial time on research and dissemination and is widely recognized by academics and musicians for his broad knowledge of Afghan music. Recently, this research led to the publication of "Qu qu qu Barg China", a recorded collection of children’s songs in Farsi, Pashtu and Uzbeki, which together with a booklet was distributed to local schools.
In 2006 Vaheed, in collaboration with the Bayat Foundation and Ariana TV undertook to set up a country-wide program aimed at reviving tradition music in Afghanistan. In 2009, Vaheed began an extensive research project with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture aimed a rediscovering and documenting the traditional/folk music of Afghanistan, which has been made possible because of the long-standing relationships and trust Vaheed has built up with Afghan Musicians.
A number of Vaheed Kaacemy’s research findings/ results have widely been presented to interested audience in Afghanistan, Canada, Sweden and other countries, and wide distributed to various media.
In his spare time, Vaheed shares his love of Afghan music with students, teaching them to be inventive and aim for the sky, yet to all the while have their feet firmly planted in the traditions of Afghan music. Vaheed continues to perform live in front of adoring audiences both locally in Afghanistan and internationally.
Considered by his circle of close friends as a family man, Vaheed Kaacemy is married and has one son.