Yaghoub Zoroofchi, the famous traditional Azeri singer, died in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, after contracting coronavirus.
Zoroofchi, who was a key figure in promoting traditional Azeri music and folklore, was born in 1955 in the city of Tabriz in the province of East Azerbaijan in Iran. He started singing at the age of 15 and became famous in the 1970s, appearing on Iranian National Radio and Television programs and at Rudaki Hall.
Zoroofchi was also a member of the National Traditional Orchestra in Tabriz.
After the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran, he remained in Iran and continued his radio and television work for a year before emigrating to West Germany.
Zoroofchi also lived in the United States, where he pursued further singing studies. In his final years, he lived in the Republic of Azerbaijan. He died at the Yeni Klinika Hospital in Baku.