Iranian Blogosphere YouTube Music Clips, the most highly cited, 2008
In terms of the daily avalanche of new events “burying me alive”… this is old news from two months ago. Nevertheless it is evolving news pointing to Iran in a particular way, music and pop cultur.
On April 5 2008, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society’ released a study mapping Iran’s blogosphere. .Reading the full very interesting report, I ‘discovered’ on Appendix C, page 60: .. “YouTube Clips’, the most highly cited YouTube clips in the Iranian blogosphere as of February, 2008.” .. see here in PDF format.
I was very curious to listen to the preferred clips of my almost nearby Iranian neighbour. Many urls where broken but I managed to find most of them. One further remark: I searched only the music clips an left out the political clips. Well, the music is great, and to my western Mideast ears surprisingly close to blues an jazz music.
…And here is the Music… (Click on the pictures to listen)
Kiosk is a Persian Blues/Rock/Jazz band established by some friends , some years ago in a basement somewhere in Isfahan/Tehran. Kiosk has never been limited by music style, location, or band members. It continues to evolve and experiment by using music and lyrics to express itself and connect to its worldwide audience.
Kiosk, a picture of the group. Here is their site.
..”The source of this music and poems is the immense Iranian culture and history. These pieces of music and lyrics refer to, and find their meanings from Iranian culture which consists of four hundred years of battle between modernity and tradition.
Whenever I’ve wanted to laugh at the contradictions in my society I use the laughter and playfulness of the blues scale and its singing style. I blend it with the Iranian scale and singing style. Then whenever I’ve wanted to cry and express my sadness I direct the Iranian singing style towards blues or find refuge in reciting”.. … see more.
Mohsen Namjoo, a picture. Here is his site.
Sufi singer Shahram Nazeri
Shahram Nazeri was born in Kermanshah province in 1949. Like Shajarian, his music career started with the help of his father at childhood. He enjoyed the classes of the Persian music masters such as Abdullah Davami, Abdol Ali Vaziri, Jalal Zolfonoun, Mohammad Reza Shajarian and others, see more here.
Shahram Nazeri, a picture. I didn’t find a personal site, but here is a site with additional information.
For all the other aspects of the ’Study Mapping Iran’s Blogosphere’ see here.