World review: Various Artists, Deeyah presents Iranian Woman (Heilo)

 

Howard Male
Friday 25 October 2013 15:55
Comments

When one hears a mournful, yearning female voice singing in another language, the music can resonate with a greater intensity because we don’t know with any certainty what grieves or moves her. And so it is with this collection of contemporary Iranian artists put together by the film-maker and activist Deeyah.

So even though the English translations provided tell us that these are songs to seasons, lovers, children and God; songs that plead, flirt, comfort and aggrandise – you’ll get a more immediate experience if you just let them seep into your bones and grip your heart.

“The Hunt” by the Tehran-born Montreal-based Azam Ali is particularly impressive with its deft blend of the modern and the traditional.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in