KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (JANUARY 16, 2019) (REUTERS) – Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.
The 28-year-old first caught the attention of fans when he travelled to the capital, Kabul, to appear on “Afghan Star”, a televised musical competition that draws contestants from around the South Asian nation.
The singer’s similarity to Canada’s 47-year-old prime minister could even tip the competition in his favour, according to one of the show’s judges, Qais Ulfat.
“Of course, it’s going to affect his popularity a lot, because he is getting interviewed by all these major news channels and there is a lot of cover stories about him so that affects his careers a lot,” he said.
Maftoon, who began his singing career seven years ago performing at weddings, has even bigger ambitions.