Forever Under Construction

Posted in Music by homeyra on April 16, 2010

MC Talka, Abdoullaye Touré is a rap artist from Gao, north of Mali. During one of his promotional tours in Sweden 2008 he recorded a remix of ABJEEZ song “Demokracy” together with the band’s drummer Robin Cochrane… Via Abjeez

Here is the original Abjeez song.


Posted in Iranians, Music by homeyra on September 4, 2009


1924 – September 2004

Another obituary post, in tune with the ambient mood: a tribute to Delkash‘s powerful voice and songs. Some of her 50’s classics here.


Iran album strikes web protest note : Young Iranians, with their fondness for Western music, are not the natural market for the country’s leading classical Persian musician, Mohammad Reza Shajarian. But his latest album has caused a stir among the Iranian online community, with web users urging others to attend Mr Shajarian’s concerts and to buy his album, … link to the article / listen to Put down your gun,  wonderful words of Fereydoon Moshiri – I didn’t find an English translation of this poem, please let me know if you find one.

The craft of music

Posted in Iran, Music by homeyra on August 15, 2009

These last weeks were intense.
It was like riding on a roller coaster with an odd promiscuity of joy and horror. It is very difficult for me to write anything in the midst of all these extremes. Fortunately Zizek has a “do nothing” rational for those like myself: keep quiet instead of adding more noise to all the noise.

h/t to Nazy from Berkeley

Santurnavazan Ensemble perform “Ze Ba’ad e Ma,” (Beyond our Path) at Tehran University

See also: Ardavan Kamkar

سنتور نوازی معاصر

Perfectly displaced

Posted in Iranians, Iranians abroad, Music by homeyra on April 23, 2009

After our daily dose of gloomy news here are Abjeez singing about their car, house, husband, cat and their life.

The following is their promo video for their new album: Perfectly dispalced

Previous posts: DemoKracy, Abjeez

Tu me haces falta: watch video

High School Musicians

Posted in Music, Venezuela by homeyra on March 27, 2009

This deserves a separate post. I had it initially attached to the previous post Mouseland: both borrowed from Renegade Eye‘s blog.
Here are the wonderful High school musicians from Venezuela. Don’t miss Arturo Márquez‘ Danzón No. 2 at minute 6.50 directed by Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1975 by the very inspiring José Abreu, El Sistema is a publicly financed voluntary sector music-education program in Venezuela. “Our first goal is not to create professional musicians,… Our goal is to rescue the children.” Lennar Acosta, now a clarinetist in the Caracas Youth Orchestra and a tutor at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, had been arrested nine times for armed robbery and drug offenses before the sistema offered him a clarinet.

See also: Venezuela youths transformed by music

I didn’t learn anything like that in high school, not much else either. Anyway here I am on the obsessive-compulsive mode, listening to the second part over and over again:)

Something beautiful

Posted in Music, World by homeyra on December 9, 2008

Check this at Bill Moyers

Playing for change official website.

h/t 99

Global Zoo

Posted in Iranians, Music by homeyra on October 19, 2008

Release of a new album by Kiosk. You can hear the first track: “The happy-go-lucky pragmatism”. I will post the lyrics in English.

Global Zoo is how KIOSK sees the world today; the dialogue of civilizations apparently hasn’t worked too well and as a consequence the world has turned into a zoo, as opposed to a jungle where the inhabitants at least have their freedom. Even though we all left Iran many years ago, we still haven’t completely settled down, and maybe that’s why we have been so attracted to and influenced by Gypsy Jazz music on the new album.“

“[…] the lyrics of Arash Sobhani (lead vocalist , songwriter and guitarist) continues the social commentary on a wide variety of issues affecting the daily lives of Iranians all over the world.”

A folk song in this album features the great Namjoo as a guest vocalist.

Previous posts: Kiosk, Amor de la velocidad


Posted in Music by homeyra on October 2, 2008

A short intro on Roya Bahrami‘s life changing experience, also links to her music: Persian/Flamenco/Poetry

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Around the Blogosphere

Posted in Middle East, Music by homeyra on April 11, 2008

Mearsheimer and Finkelstein debate and other Al Jazeera coverage on the Israel lobby at Reclaiming space (don’t forget the comment section) Many interesting posts at The Fanonite

Moderate Muslim?

Un Belge au pays des Iranians: Face à la réthorique guerrière des USA contre l’Iran, on va à la rencontre des Iraniens et de leur pays. Sans pouvoir donner une image complète de la réalité complexe de l’Iran l’idée est de décrire au mieux ma perception de la vie quotidienne…

Rochong is back and angry … like the rest of us.

Rewarded for war crimes, Kosovan and Albanian guerilla, les Politiques

Hasta Siempre

Posted in Music by homeyra on April 6, 2008

Pedestrian writes things and I get obsessed with other things, the voice and the music…

Soledad Bravo

Thx 99 and BB2 for the test of the test testing the integrity of the test …:)


A few links: Iranian blogospher tests government’s limits, NYT

Bloggers in Iran push limits of government tolerance, IHT

The above articles are based on a Harvard study: Mapping Iran’s online public: Politics and culture in the Persian blogosphere

Inside Iran, a CBC documentary

Axis of adventure: Iran, The Telegraph + a photo gallery

Film Links and More

Posted in Cinema, History, Iran, Music, Things by homeyra on February 14, 2008

Film society presents young Iranian filmmakers. (Synopsis, trailers here)

A World Between is the true story of a young Iranian American raised in the US, who travels to Iran to discover his father’s homeland. Sample video

Young republic by Nooshin J. Navidi: Navidi made her first trip to Iran in Spring 2006 to explore the country for sixth months. Born in Southern California to an Iranian father and Korean mother, Nooshin graduated from Stanford University with a Masters in Sociology and Bachelor in Communications.

More videos on Iran including American life in Iran, 1975

Link via Peyman

پيمان و تنبكش: نامه ي سرگشاده به كوبه اي نوازان ايران

Our Friend to Humanity gives some historical context for the current strained relations between America and Iran.

More links/events at Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute

Peace Corps Writers Blog: Iran

A Test from BBC-Science & Nature:
Can you tell genuine smile and fake ones?
(15 out of 20 for me)

Love mattress by Mehdi Mojtabavi



Posted in Iran, Music, Poetry by homeyra on December 17, 2007

Zolf bar bad
Mohsen Namjoo singing Tresses in the wind by Hafez
Official website
Lyrics: English, Persian

Hafez will never turn away from you
For he became free the day he was entrapped by you

BB2’s Vault

Posted in Art, Iran, Music by homeyra on December 4, 2007


 BB2 is offering a taste of Iranian music and art. Visit his vault.