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Voices of Iranian women

Today a re-post from the old blog, this music is so beautiful I had to have it in an easy to get at place.

This is such a beautiful selection of songs I had to share it.
Thanks to my old pal Penz for turning me on to it.

And thanks to Moji Taali for putting together the collection.

These are the words of Moji Taali
This is my first collection of voices of Iranian women. It contains music produced by Iranian female singers and musicians, whose voices have been suppressed in recent years. They are forbidden from singing alone and can only sing along with men.
This is my contribution to reversing this cycle. These songs only have female singers and men – at most –  just play along.
I hope you enjoy these beautiful voices and peaceful sounds as much as I do. And if you do, please share it with other friends! Of course I also welcome any feedback.  Follow me @moji-taali for more upcoming sets.

Track Listing.
1- Hani Niroo – Shab bood
2- Shahrzad – Dele Sange Zamooneh
3- IDAFolk – Yeki Bood Yeki Nabood
4- Niaz Navab – Naghshe to Hafez
5- Karen Homayounfar – Ghesseye Paria
6- Giti Khameneh – Poem
7- Hayedeh – Soghati
8- Lachini (feat Simin Ghaderi) – Man Neveshtam baran
9- Parnaz Partovi – Dream
10- Maryam Mirbagheri – Ara’s Dream
11- Elnaz Miabinezhad – Mon Chtit
12- Eendo – Waltz e Chaman
13- Luna Shad – Nocturne (Shabaneh)
14- Aida Shahghasemi – Lilly and the Moon
15- Marjan Farsad – Cheshmhaye Tameshki

All Photos: Bahareh Kian Afshar

Souad Massi ~ سعاد ماسي

Souad Massi is a soulful singer-songwriter from Algeria who follows her own muse, she has received death threats in her native country but is now selling hundreds of thousands of records around the globe. She began her career performing in the Kabyle political rock band Atakor. But in 1999 she performed at the Femmes d’Algerie concert in Paris, which led to a recording contract with Island Records. And as the old saying goes, she never looked back.
Souad Massi sings in Classical Arabic, Algerian Arabic, French, occasionally in English, and in the Berber language, Kabyle, often employing more than one language in the same song. And I stumble on with just English.

So we have a little of her background, but why are you really here? For the music of course. So let’s go.
We start with a beautiful song and her voice is beyond amazing. It’s great to see her having fun with the music. I’ve gotta go find me some of her albums. A very definite touch of the Portuguese fado in this track, and I just love fado music.

Concert acoustique à la Coupole

This time a bigger stage, but the music is still amazing.
Ya Kalbi – سعاد ماسي – يا قلبي

And the stages get bigger, this time with the full orchestra of Concerto dell’Epifania RAI 1. Still the best thing we hear from this stage is the warm beautiful voice of Souad Massi.

Now this is truly dramatic. Souad Massi here with Eric Fernandez at the Festival Arabesques in 2013. Started with a terrific Flamenco dancer just to get the dramatic feel going. And then one of my favorite songs so far, even though I have no idea what it is called.

Arabesques Festival: First and unique festival in Europe dedicated to the Arabic Arts & Culture.
Since 2006, the association UNI’SONS organizes every year in May during a week in Montpellier, the encounters of Arabic Arts & Culture, composed of an eclectique artistic programming.
Arabesques represents an opportunity to explore the arab culture through music, theatre, tails, projections, dance, calligraphy… from its traditional artistic heritage to its contemporary creations.
Arabesques aims to offer a better image and knowledge of the Arab World sharing its cultural richness.
The ambition of the festival is to create a friendly space favoring encounters and human exchanges
From all generations and for diverse social and ethnic backgrounds, the audience of Arabesques testifies of a mutual respect and shared pleasures.

Finally today a short set from the wonderful folks at NPR Music in another great Tiny Desk Concert. So perfect, so poignant and such beautiful sounds. I could listen to her all day.

Set List:

“Raoui” (Storyteller)
“Ghir Enta” (No One but You)
“Amessa” (A Day Will Come)
“Le Bien et le mal” (The Good and the Evil)



Indila is an amazingly talented singer / songwriter who was born in Paris, her family is of Algerian descent, but she also has Indian, Cambodian and Egyptian roots. Which accounts for that Middle Eastern touch she has to her voice. And what a voice at times Edith Piaf and at other times Shakira and at all times perfectly clear as a bell.

Indila has collaborated with musicians such as Nessbeal, Rohff, TLF, Soprano and Youssoupha and has co-written with them in addition to co-writing with and for M. Pokora, Admiral T, DJ Abdel and Axel Tony.

This is the first song I heard from Indila, and I found it because the Amadeus Electric Quartet did an instrumental cover of it, and I so loved the tune I had to find the original, boy am I glad I did.

Wow!! What a song, and what a voice, truly the voice for the 21st Century.
And it looks like she saved the world. This is just the greatest.
Dernière Danse 

Compositeurs: Indila – Skalpovich
Auteur: Indila
Réalisateur du clip: Sylvain Bressollette

Another song I don’t understand the words, but I don’t care. It’s all in the sound, the purity of her voice. Sheer bliss. Sometimes even a touch of “The Little Sparrow”. Another great video along the way.
Tourner Dans Le Vide (Turn in the Void)

Compositeurs: Indila – Skalpovich
Auteur: Indila
Réalisateur du clip: Julien Bloch

Here’s another great song from Indila, this time we are live in Paris.
And she is going to get us running, or at the very least tapping our feet.
I am so in love with this young ladies voice. And the band are hypnotic to say the least, really tight yet wild.
Run Run

Another amazing song from Indila, for this one a fan has made a mashup of some of her other videos to go with the song. And what a song, the drums, the beat, and most of all the voice. Oh man, this is intense.

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66+million views on You Tube, where the hell have I been.
That is the one truly sad fact about American media, artists like this just don’t get shown. Why? Because she sings in a different language to us.
If you listen to the melody and the sound the French language is even more beautiful when it is sung. And this is another awesome song with a brilliant video.
Love Story

Love Story, 5eme extrait de Mini World
Compositeurs: Indila – Skalpovich
Auteur: Indila
Réalisateur : Karim Ouaret

Recently Indila teamed up with H Magnum and they made this wonderful song and video. Indila is sounding amazing. I don’t know H Magnum, but will keep him close to my radar as he has an interesting voice and aura.
Garde l’équilibre


As I often try to do, I’m closing with a live version of the first video on the post. And boy what a treat this is. This was recorded in Paris (that’s as close as they give us) about a year ago. Her voice here has a middle eastern flavor to it at times, and then the “Little Sparrow” comes back.
Just beautiful.
Dernière Danse