The song “Baraye” -“By”, in Persian – first went viral on social networks, then became the anthem of the protests unleashed by the death of Mahsa Amini and now he has risen with a grammy for best song for social change at the 65th Grammy Awards.
“We won,” he stated concisely Shervin Hajipour on his Twitter account, which has more than 300,000 followers.
Hajipour was an almost unknown 25-year-old musician whose greatest achievement was reaching the final of a music contest on Iranian television.
That all changed when he wrote the song “Baraye”composed of tweets published by Iranians about the death in September of Amini, after being arrested for not wearing the Islamic headscarf properly, which sparked some unprecedented protests in the Persian country.
The song went viral with a few 40 million views alone on Instagram in just two days and somehow captured the spirit of the protests.
“For dancing in the streets”, “for fear of a kiss from my lover in the street”, “for political prisoners”, “for the shame of empty pockets” or “for the desire for a normal life”, says the song, which spins reasons to protest.
And the chorus repeats “woman, life, freedom”slogan of the protests calling for the end of the Islamic Republic.
Hajipour was arrested in Septemberdays after publishing the song, accused of anti-government propaganda and incitement to violence, and was released on bail in early October, the date on which he has been silent.
Despite the arrest of its author, the deletion of the song from Instagram and strong internet censorship in Iran, “Baraye” It has resounded on social networks and in the dense traffic jams of the Iranian capital, sounding at full volume from cars.
It has also echoed from windows at nightfall, when many neighbors were shouting “Death to the dictator” referring to the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khameneia discreet way of protesting.
The authorities have responded to the revolt led by young people calling for the end of the Islamic Republic with a strong repression which has caused about 500 dead, and 20,000 detaineesof which several hundred have been sentenced to prison terms and 17 to hanging.
Until now four protesters have been executedone of them in public, which has caused the protests to have lost strength significantly.
It’s been weeks since “Baraye” hasn’t even been heard from balconies at night or from cars in the middle of traffic jams in the capital.
(With information from EFE)
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