Sound Roots

“Prior to the 1979 revolution, Iranians were not listening to Persian hip-hop, but rather traditional tunes and love songs. Preserving a slice of this pre-revolutionary history is Monika Jalili. Her self-released album NoorSaaz (a combination of the Farsi words for “light” and “creator” or “musical instrument”) includes 10 songs (totaling just over 40 minutes of music)…….incorporating her strong, crisp, almost operatic voice with violin, oud, guitar, and percussion. A fine Persian diversion.”


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