What is that terrible Iranian music?

Ask An Iranian - What is that terrible Iranian music? - Jalal Hemmati dancing to a remix of Marivash Parivash on a Dreamscape flyer

Most of you love it, and a few of you absolutely hate it. We know this because you’ve begged us to change it. We’re talking about the intro music to our show. To help settle this issue we once again invited Aryo, of The Devil Dog, to provide something new to possibly replace it. Up to now, we have been using Jalal Hemmati‘s song, “Mahvash Parivash”, but all that could change. Listen to this show to hear “what that terrible Iranian music is”, and to hear listener feedback on Aryo’s alternative.

We also get answers to these questions

  • Who is Jalal Hemmati, the Iranian singer?
  • What is Jalal Hemmati singing in the song “Mahvash, Parivash”?
  • Where did the Iranian style of music known as “Kooche Bazaari” come from?
  • Was there ever cabaret music in Iran?
  • What do non-Iranians think is being said in Iranian music?
  • How does Jalal Hemmati sound when he’s remixed?
  • Which music genres are popular in Iran these days?
  • What is that terrible Iranian music?

Thanks to our listeners that gave feedback on the music

  1. Sepehr from Iran – liked the new music but didn’t see it as appropriate
  2. Morvarid from Canada – preferred the new music but didn’t find it fitting
  3. Ali from Iran – didn’t think the new music was better than the original
  4. Sarah from Germany – approved of the new music
  5. Matthew from England – generally approved of the new music
  6. Suzanne from Amsterdam – generally approved of the new music
  7. Julian from England – hated the new music
  8. Farbod from Iran – preferred the new music

Translations of Persian (Farsi) words used during the show

PersianEnglish translation
Kooche Bazaari:“Bazaar ally” – a style of Iranian “commoner” music
Dastgah:A musical modal system in traditional Persian art music
Rooh Hozi:Type of music/entertainment performed on a fountain covered by wooden boards, used as a stage
Khareji:“Foreigner”

Image credits: Dreamscape flyer montaged with the Iranian singer, Jalal Hemmati, adapted by Ask An Iranian. Music credits: Jalal Hemmati, Ask An Iranian remix of Jalal Hemmati’s “Mahvash, Parivash”, created by Aryo of The Devil Dog

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  1. Persian. I discovered the podcast soon thereafter and listened to some episodes, but since it was in English and I was new to Iranworld, I gave priority to language study and have only recently returned to the podcast, which I now appreciate much more. As I listened to this episode, I was kicking myself for not having listened to it at the time because I would have told you exactly what you needed to hear. ‘Mahvash Parivash’ is absolutely THE ONLY APPROPRIATE SONG for your podcast with its slightly kitsch, boisterous, almost spoken-word style that is so original. Although I can appreciate Aryo’s version, it’s basically an appropriation of an originally British musical genre, so it just sounds derivative. Furthermore, it doesn’t fit the ambience of your podcast! I’m so pleased (and relieved) to have heard that you kept the original ‘Mahvash Parivash’. Thank [something] you didn’t change it!

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