Spotify launches music chart dedicated to Iranian women

The list, organized by the Iranian-American Leila Kashfi, associate director of the platform, It is made up of 100 songs by artists of various styles, such as Shervin Hajipour, Snoh ​​Aalegra and Sevdaliza, among others.

Tracks speak to the struggle of living under the Islamic Republic of Iran and some of them specifically about the current protests.

“For decades, the Islamic Republic has forced Iranians to suppress the beauty of Persian culture. (…) The Islamic Republic persecutes artists because music feeds the revolution,” Kashfi wrote on his Instagram to announce the project.

“Women of Iran” comes months after a series of demonstrations against the Iranian regime broke out in the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl who was arrested in September by the so-called Morality Police for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly.

In addition to music, the platform also unveiled a series of videos in which Iranian artists from different fields share their views on freedom of expression.

This section, which will be expanded, is made up in the first instance by the actress who was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 Shohreh Aghdashloo, fashion designer Paria Farzaneh, comedian Maz Jobrani, musicians Dubfire and Nostalgix, as well as actress and singer Googoosh.

Also, this year the American Recording Academy could recognize singer-songwriter Shervin Hajipour with the first prize for the song for social change for his song “Baraye”, which was adopted as an “anthem” during the protests by Amini.

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