Iranian artists AIDA and Nesa Azadikhah have released a new electronic music compilation in support of the women’s rights movement in Iran.
The pair launched a new label, Apranik Records, with a release last week (January 20th). Entitled “Woman, Life, Freedom”, her 12-song collection includes all Iranian female artists including SarrSew, Sharona Lico, XEEN, Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, ROW92 and her label head. Azadikhah and her AIDA included.
AIDA and Azadikhah dedicated a collection to the riots in Iran, where protests against the treatment of women continue.
In an Instagram post about the record the pair wrote: “‘Freedom for Women’s Life’ [consists] Tracks from 12 Iranian female producers. Today also marks her 126th day since the recent uprising started in Iran, in which Mahsa Zhina Amini was killed. This rebellion, our anger and our desire to raise awareness through music is why we founded this record label.
“After 3 months of work, we are proud to announce that the full release is finally available for purchase and play. As a group of Iranian women, this battle is closest to our hearts. We are releasing this collection in solidarity towards the fight for a free Iran and aim to raise awareness about this revolution through music.
“The themes of this collection are strength, defiance and ferocity, which can be heard on every track. This is the energy that Iranian women continue to seek for freedom. We dream of a future where we can practice, grow and shine openly and safely in art, especially in electronic music.From us to you to a free Iran.Thank you so much to everyone involved. ”
On Bandcamp, they added: But for the past 44 years under the Islamic regime, Iranian women have been banned from singing, dancing and performing.
“Facing threats to the safety of themselves and their families, their careers and reputations, female artists are forced to quit, leave Iran or face grave risks and go underground. Without a doubt, Iranian women continue to be active, at the forefront of the arts, pushing boundaries from Iran and elsewhere in the world.
“Iran has risen to revolution. Murdered by hand.
“Since then, massive protests have erupted across the country and around the world. Government forces brutally killed, arrested, and tortured many protesters, including children and teens, despite the growing protests and repression of women and girls. The Freedom Fight is the greatest of its kind in history.
“As a group of Iranian women, this fight is closest to our hearts. We release this collection in solidarity and towards the fight for a free Iran. and girls dreaming of a future where they can practice, grow and shine openly and safely in art, especially electronic music.From us to you, to a free and soon to be free world, and to a free Iran. .”
You can purchase the compilation here. Apranik Records will donate proceeds from the compilation to charities that support women in Iran.
Recently, Karen Oh, Shirley Manson and Suki Waterhouse were among a group of musicians who supported calls to end the executions of protesters in Iran.
Around hollywood reportermore than 50 people in the entertainment industry participated in the video, each holding a piece of paper featuring a handwritten hashtag. #StopExecutionsInIran.
The project was organized and produced by Iranian-American screenwriter Nicole Najafi, director, screenwriter and producer Ana Lily Amirpour, and actress and screenwriter Mojang Marno.
“We stand with the people of Iran fighting for their freedom,” reads an on-screen message. “Thousands of protesters have been arrested. Some have already been carried out. Many more are at risk. But the world is watching.”
Marno said THR The purpose of the video is to “bring as much attention to this issue as possible and in doing so put pressure on the Islamic Republic. The international community is watching”.
She continued: that they are not forgotten. Their protests and suffering are not in vain. They are risking their lives in the streets and have been doing so for months.
“The required mental and physical stamina cannot be underestimated.”