Actor & Writer
Mohd Shaghasy (Qais) is an Afghan musician and actor. After 20 years of growing up in the war-raged and oppressed country of Afghanistan, Mohd finally found a sense of peace when he and a group of friends began District Unknown, Afghanistan’s first and only heavy metal band. As the group's lead guitarist, Mohd had to hide his instruments hidden from his family and performed last minute notice underground shows to prevent any attacks at his concerts. The group became a local underground sensation and garnered attention worldwide as they were featured in Rolling Stone Magazine to MTV’s show “Rebel Music,” won the Global Metal Award at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2015, and is anticipating the near release of their documentary “RocKabul.” After parting ways with the band in 2013, Mohd began to explore his second passion; acting. In 2014 he played the lead role in the award-winning film, Kabullywood. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, he’s continued his acting and music career simultaneously and recently graduated from the Musician's Institute.