The Imaginary Garden: A Choral Piece Inspired by a Poem by Mavash Sabet of the Yaran

Marie-Claire Saindon has composed a moving choral adaptation of a poem by Mahvash Sabet titled “The Imaginary Garden”. The poem was published in Prison Poems, a collection smuggled out Evin prison during Sabet’s unjust 10 year imprisonment for being a Baha’i and for being one of the leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran (known as the Yaran). Marie-Claire’s composition won the 2018 Eastern Horizon Choral Writing Competition, which was hosted and performed by Choirs For Change, Nova Scotia, Canada, on June 14th 2018. Continue reading

Oh Yaran (7 Years) – Colby Jeffers ft Emphavoice (Official Video)

This is the official music video for the song “Oh Yaran (7 Years)”, which was inspired by the #7Bahais7years campaign which took place last year in support of the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran (often collectively referred to as ‘the Yaran’). The song was written by Phoenix, USA Hip-Hop artist Colby Jeffers, and features Russian singer Emphavoice.

It’s now been eight years that the Yaran have been unlawfully imprisoned, and in observance of the eighth anniversary of their arrest and incarceration, Colby Jeffers has just released remastered the song and released the official music video in conjunction with the Baha’i International Community’s newly launched global campaign called “Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven”, which will emphasize the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release. Continue reading

Oh Yaran (7 Years) – Colby Jeffers Feat. Emphavoice

This song “Oh Yaran (7 Years)” was inspired by the #7Bahais7years campaign. The song was written by Phoenix Hip-Hop artist Colby Jeffers, and features Russian singer Emphavoice.

#7Bahais7years was a global campaign which took place from 14–21 May, 2015, and set out to create awareness and a show of solidarity for the Baha’is being persecuted in Iran.

The campaign focused on the seven former Baha’i leaders (also known collectively as ‘the Yaran’ which means ‘friends’ in Persian) who, because of their belief in the Baha’i Faith, were arrested and have now been in prison for seven years. The global campaign was based on the theme “Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years for the Seven Baha’i Leaders”, and each of the seven days focused on a different member of the seven arrested Baha’i leaders, who’s names are: Mahvash Sabet, Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm.

You can read about the campaign here: Join the Global Campaign to Help Free Imprisoned Baha’is – #7Bahais7years

And also see some examples of the global show of support here: #7Bahais7years – A Glimpse of the Global Campaign

Yaran: A New Album by Badi Yazdi Dedicated to the Imprisoned Yaran

Badi YazdiThe situation for the Baha’is in Iran took a turn for the worse after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, and as the Baha’is in Iran continue to face persecution, many Baha’is around the world continue to work towards ensuring their freedom through peaceful diplomacy, various awareness campaigns, and of course through the power of prayer.

This ongoing persecution is the driving force behind the music of Badi Yazdi, and in his new album entitled Yaran, Badi shares with us a selection of seven prayers chanted in Persian and underscored by Eric Harper. Each prayer is dedicated to the seven imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran, who collectively are known as ‘The Yaran’.

I decided to catch up with Badi Yazdi to find out more about the album and the initiative as a whole: Continue reading

Marie-Claire Saindon – When A Thought Of War

Canadian Baha’i Marie-Claire Saindon has composed a choral piece based on the words of Abdu’l-Baha, “When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love.”

The song was performed and produced by the Swedish group VoNo – Voces Nordicae. The piece is essentially wordless but it powerfully depicts the battle to root out thoughts of war and hatred from one’s mind. Continue reading

100 Musical Initiatives, Musicians and Albums Featured on Baha’i Blog So Far!

We’re super excited to share 100 musicians, musical initiatives and albums featured on Baha’i Blog so far!

It’s been so awesome seeing all the amazing initiatives and talent from all over the world, and so now, in order to celebrate the fact that we’ve featured 100 posts in this category so far, we thought it would be a good time to list them all, starting from our very first interview with producer, Navid Bahmani, to our most recent interview with Persian Baha’i rapper, Ahdi, and everything in between!  Continue reading

Baha’i. Persian. Rapper: An Interview with Ahdi

As a huge fan of rap – especially the “conscious” kind – and with a personal passion for listening to global hip-hop artists no matter what language they rap in, I was excited to meet Ahdi, a Persian rapper based in the United States, and who, for over a decade now, has been “spittin’ out lyrics” in Persian relating to racism, drug abuse, the equality of women and men, and other social issues including the oppression of his fellow Baha’is in Iran.

Ahdi recently released a track called ‘Toloue Bamdad (Rise of Dawn)‘ in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, and so with a stack of tracks behind him, I decided it was time to catch up with my dear friend Ahdi, to find out more about him and his music: Continue reading

73 Books & Literary Works Featured on Baha’i Blog So Far

Over the years, we’ve highlighted new Baha’i-inspired books and we’ve had the privilege of getting to know so many brilliant and creative writers! We’ve also been honoured to write about volumes of the Baha’i Writings, or about statements and books written by the Universal House of Justice. In honour of International Literary Day, we thought we’d celebrate all the books we’ve featured on Baha’i Blog so far. We hope this list, and the snippets of their accompanying articles or interviews, inspires you to add some of these titles to your reading lists!  Continue reading