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“Salome, one of the very few female rappers in Iran, is keen to clarify that she is not a feeble woman struggling to fight for her right to sing in a country where arts and culture are heavily restricted, especially for female performers.”

“Iranian rapper Salome describes herself as “apolitical,” but her lyrics call out to a country rife with repression, censorship, and unrest. The twenty-six year old rapper, artist, and textile designer began rapping when she was eighteen and is part of the first generation of rappers in Iran. Though hip-hop is growing quickly in Iran, Salome remains one of the very few female rappers.”

“Salome, with strong and deep lyrics, has become an icon in the Persian hip hop world. Beside her very strong and deep lyrics, what makes Salome interesting is the fact that she very openly has been active in an environment where female artists are banned and in a genre that is not inviting to female rappers. Her lyrics range from social problems to relationships. Zirzamin had the chance to have a chat with Salome about her works.”

“Salome is keen to stress that not all her songs are political – "I have suffered more for love than I ever have for politics," she says. Yet it's hard not to imagine it was her political songs that caught the attention of the judges of the Freedom to Create prize, an international award for art that promotes social justice.”

“I’ve been writing poems from an early age. I tried playing different instruments but I don’t have the talent for that. I don’t actually see myself as a musician, I just write poems and tell them in the rhythm. I started listening to rap when I was in high school, the age that I felt outcast and found shelter in hip hop. I never had the courage to start to actually record my poems until a friend of mine who is one of the pioneers in Iranian hip hop, Hichkas, gave me a part in one of his songs and that is how it all started. ”

“Personalmente, pienso que ningún gobierno puede ser perfecto, porque la idea de gente gobernando sobre otros está mal desde la base. El poder te corrompe, sin excepciones. Aún así, si acepto el hecho de que no hay ninguna otra forma de seguir viviendo en este planeta, tengo que decir que no estoy en contra de la idea de un gobierno islámico. Desafortunadamente, en Irán se volvió otra cosa. ”

“Salome, one of the very few female rappers in Iran, is keen to clarify that she is not a feeble woman struggling to fight for her right to sing in a country where arts and culture are heavily restricted, especially for female performers. “I am not going to complain about how it is hard to be a female rapper in Iran,” she says. She wants to be recognised for the values she is promoting through her music and for expressing herself creatively, and not simply as “a struggling woman in an oppressive society”.”

“alomé descubrió el hip-hop a los 15 años. La ayudó a lidiar con sentimientos de aislamiento y alienación en una nueva cultura, tras una infancia en Turquía y Azerbaiján. Sin embargo, a pesar de hablar turco, inglés y farsi (el idioma nacional iraní), sólo rapea en este último . El farsi, dice, “es una lengua muy poética. Y la poesía es muy importante en Irán”, dice.”

“Salome made a name for herself in Tehran's underground hip-hop circles after her entry to Tehran Avenue in 2004 was chosen by the online audience as the fourth best song in that year's competition. In an interview with the Tehran-based underground art magazine Brainstorm Salome describes how she collaborates over the Internet with Iranian rappers living in Germany, Turkey and Latin America.”

“The first of the female hip-hop and rap artists was Salome, who lives in Tehran and focuses on social issues such as the miseries of the war in Iraq and prostitution. Given the restrictions, one of the main ways for Iranian rappers to get their music out both locally and globally is via the internet.”

“In un articolo apparso nel 2008, la britannica BBC la cita come la prima rapper donna in Iran. Salome, 26 anni, una laurea in design tessile e un master in stampa giapponese, scrive i testi delle sue canzoni rap da quando era piccola. Si è cimentata a suonare diversi strumenti musicali, ma senza successo; poi mentre frequentava la scuola secondaria ha iniziato ad ascoltare il rap. Ma non aveva il coraggio di registrare un suo pezzo, fino a quando non ha incontrato Hich Kas , suo amico e diventato una leggenda dell’hip pop persiano, che gli ha dato una parte in una sua canzone. Da lì è iniziato tutto.”

“Salome is A female Persian Rapper , Lyricist and Vocal Artist . Her songs Are mostly about humanistic Ideas and Like a fresh musical manifestation of Youths rebels against Todays way of civilization.Here you can read Kolahstudio interview with Salome . about Her works and Her ideas. “My path ,My Fight””

“Şiir yazma yeteneğine sahip olduğu için önünde rep dünyasının kapıları açılıyor birden. 1985 doğumlu Salome, İran’ın bilinen ilk kadın repçisi ve hala da az sayıda birkaç kadın repçiden biri. İranlı gençler arasında ve dünyada çok popüler olmasına rağmen kadın sesi yasak kabul edilen İran İslam Cumhuriyeti’nde şu anda resmi olarak albüm çıkarma şansı yok. Kendisini politikadan uzak tutmak istediğini söylüyor ve politikanın kirli bir iş olduğuna vurgu yapıyor politik sorular sorduğum zaman.”

“The artists on Flowers in the Desert have been included in this compilation because they clearly have learned this lesson, which is recounted in greater detail in the book Heavy Metal Islam. Some, like Iran's Arthimoth, Saudi Arabia's Creative Waste, or Iraq's Acrassicauda, remain faithful to the hardcore Death Metal or Gangsta Raps roots. Others, like Morocco's Cafe Mira, Egypt's Beyond East, Pakistan's Junoon, Israel/Palestine's DAM or Iran's Taham and Salome, are innovative, ear-catching hybrids of local styles-often influenced by Sufi or other religious music-and the classic sounds of metal and hiphop. ”

“Are there any women involved in the graffiti scene? Yes, about two or three. The first one was the Persian rapper Salome. I found shots of her works on a website, so now we are connected by email.”

"Je ne pense pas que ce mouvement soit prêt à porter la responsabilité d'un vrai changement"

“And despite the prohibition on women singing in public, female rappers also dot the Iranian music landscape. The first of the female hip-hop and rap artists was Salome, who lives in Tehran and focuses on social issues like prostitution and the miseries of the war in Iraq.”

“Alongside those who use the format to criticise the socio-political situation (Shahin Najafi, Yas) or speak about social values and moralities (like Salome, the first female rap artist), there are also those who are more interested in the violent aspects of American-style gangsta rap and obscene lyrical content (Zedbazi, Reza Pishrou) or simply creating entertaining pop music (Amir Tataloo, Sasy Mankan).”

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