London is where Iranian women can sing.
Verily this is a paradox - Iranian women can sing everywhere in the world, apart from in their own country.
Iranians wanting to hear their favorite female singers are obliged to travel to attend gigs in neighboring countries. While these same Iranian female singers, longtime emigrants to the West, are obliged to travel to Azerbaijan or Turkmenistan, to perform concerts for their numerous fans. And this is only one of the many massive absurdities that this bearded, women-fearing regime is creating.
Anyhow, I liked the female Iranian voices I heard last Sunday, 16 February at the gig of Soveida - a seven strong band of four women and three men, all singing, playing instruments, but mostly drumming - performing ancient Iranian spiritual music on ancient musical instruments. To my surprise the music adorned with lyrics based on mystical poems by Rumi, Hafez, Saad and other poets, reminded me both a specific sort of Bulgarian folk music and Brazilian Samba (Unfortunately, the audience had to sit instead of swirling into trancetic dance).
What I loved most of the gig were the women voices, because they were all absolutely natural and unbothered with any Sopranosр Mezzos, or other stagings of the voice. Thus creating yet a third association, this of French women speaking - Natural, unmadeover voices, springing freely from the hearts on the top of wild rhythms.
For this is the happy news: Bearded Ayatollahs have only one country to rule (their presence in neighboring countries is only temporary and in disguise) while Iranian women have the whole world to sing around.
nah nah nanana
18 February 2020
More on Soveida here https://soveida.com
Another gem that I, as a linguist, picked there was that in Old Persian, 'Ali' before becoming a man's name meant heartbeat. I told you a nation of poets has been kidnapped by bearded men.
Being a linguist also implies always some-sort of suspense wordwise for example when I was hearing "Ali John, Ali John" and my imagination was going wild on what is John doing with Ali; only to find out the chanting was merely "Ali jan ali jan" translating as "Dear life, dear life" (mind you I don't speak Farsi, so it might effectively be that they were chanting about something entirely different, like John for example).