This CD collection celebrates the music, voices and artistic expression of Iranian women. --Deeyah Khan
Deeyah Presents IRANIAN WOMAN.
In Iran female voices are banned from all public forums, unless women singers perform for a female-only audience. Women can only sing in the company of men if they are part of a choir, so that no female voice can be heard.
Produced by Deeyah, IRANIAN WOMAN is the second music collection in her ongoing WOMAN series. Fuuse Mousiqi’s WOMAN CD’s celebrate traditional music forms as expressed through women’s voices and women’s artistry. It presents contemporary women who are the artistic bearers of their indigenous and ancestral forms of music and heritage. It is a celebration of the female voice, the voice of mother, sister, daughter, the voice of history, of nature, creativity, life, compassion and the future.
Though music in Iran has suffered persecution through parts of its existence, it has an even stronger history of surviving. Because the artists serve, shelter, preserve and transmit this exquisite music throughout time, it continues to live and expand. Master artists, such as the women presented here, have devotedly maintained and illuminated the tradition as they perform all over the world.«The WOMAN series is my way of honouring and celebrating women. It is my personal exploration through the indigenous and traditional music of their lands. This anthology is a tribute to the women of Iran, especially their courage, and to their exquisite and rich musical heritage. It is with pride, humility and a deep sense of gratitude and admiration, that I present the voices of contemporary Iranian women.» – Deeyah