Zalmai Araa (also spelled as Zalmay Araa) is an Afghan singer and comedian. Recently, his work as a comedian has eclipsed his fame as a singer. He currently lives in Fremont, California.
Zalmai was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1950s and immigrated the United States in late 1990s. His performances are marked by singing, stand-up comedy shows and short comedic situations, all of which he carries without the aid of other participants. Often teaming with other singers, he has achieved fame around the world for his style of humor.
All his performances are nostalgic of his native Afghanistan. Initially, his jokes and comedic shows were full of humorous accounts and tales of people in Afghanistan. However, his recent work has focus on the problems and situations of exiled Afghans' lives in the west.