Yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of the post-election people’s demonstrations in Iran where at least 36 people were killed and many more injured and imprisoned. To mark this anniversary and highlight the fact that the Iranian authorities are still oppressing the human rights of the people, the human rights network United4Iran and DJ Child of Project Groundnation have produced an album – Azadi:Songs of Freedom for Iran.
Throughout the Middle East, artists have been at the forefront of the call for democracy, freedom and rights and many musicians from all around the world have contributed to this album and its call for human rights for all Iranians. As well as featuring music from a long list of renowned musicians and performers, Azadi also features a track sung by Bahareh Hedayat, a 32 year old women’s and student activist who is serving a 10 year prison sentence for her activism.
Salome MC – Iran’s first female rapper – has this to say about the album, “We live in a world full of injustice. Human history shows us the only way to fight injustice is to raise your voice, raise awareness, raise the will to fight and get back what is your right by birth. I am hoping this project will tell Iranians that none of us are alone in this fight.”