Mirza, Persian Heavy Electric
Why Support the Persian Underground?
May 26, 2007
I am a Bluesman,
a Blues fan, a Blues collector and a Blues historian. I listened
to the Mirza Band and it blew me away! Such caliber music coming
from Iran is a mystery! How can it be? That's why we call them the
Persian Underground! Now Kiosk Band has a Rock spice to it
and it's like Blues-Rock but this band, the Mirza Band is a Persian
Heavy Electric Blues Band, playing some Low Down Underground Blues
from Tehran! This is pure Blues. Dig it man, this is the Tehran
Listen to Babak
Mirzakhani, the front Bluesman of the Mirza Band sing and play
the electric guitar, but with your eyes closed. If Babak does not
sing in Persian, you can easily mistake him for Luther Allison,
Son Seals or some other Black American heavy electric Bluesman
master! Yes, he is almost that good! Check him out, he is the top
Persian Bluesman inside Iran.
of the Mirza Band is Babak Mirzakhani. This man is a self-taught
guitar player who has been playing since 1990. Babak is an educated
actor, play director, play and movie soundtrack composer, a Bluesman
and a Blues guitar master who teaches at the Tehran Conservatory
One of his soundtrack
scores from the play "Hey Big Man Don't Cry" was nominated
for the best play soundtrack in the Fajr Art Festival in Iran. Fajr
is the equivalent of Oscars in Iran. Babak's first album was "Beyond
the Seas" which was an underground album and was never published.
Luckily his second album "Sleep" (Khab) is published and
is now available for you to purchase.
to Mirza samples
plays some mean low down electric guitar blues. There are a
number of fine musicians who work with him as his background band.
Musicians such as:
And other friends and students from the Tehran Music Conservatory.
is a Black man in his soul! Listen to his voice and listen to
his electric guitar and you can mistake him for Luther Allison!
He sounds like a black Bluesman from south or Chicago. His voice
is a deep guttery sounding voice, typical to a professional bluesman.
He screams the blues like a black man and he surely makes that guitar
sing! Some of his chords reminds me of BB King or Hound
Dog Taylor! He is that good!
What makes Babak
Mirzakhani so precious is that he can truly play those hard Blue
Notes, half notes, Blues Arrangements and Blue Tunes so gentle
yet so heavy! As soon as you play the new album, it will blow your
mind! How can a band from Iran play such Heavy Electric Guitar Blues?
This ain't Delta Mississippi Blues, but this is Low Down
Tehran Underground Blues! Dig in and taste the Blues!
Mirza Band's front Bluesman, Babak Mirzakhani Jams and makes that
music arrangements, guitar links and guitar riffs are
excellent. I am a very picky critic when it comes to Blues and this
man passes my test. His style is hard, raw and heavy. He rocks that
guitar so heavy and so smooth. The fast beat blues songs on this
album make you dance in joy and the mellow songs can make you trip
and swim is a blue ocean without an end! Dig this dude. Babak and
the Mirza Band are the first pure Blues Band in Iran. As I have
mentioned, Kiosk has that Rock sound and is more like a Blues-Rock
Band but Mirza is pure Blues. The best way I can describe Mirza's
music is that:
a Heavy Electric Guitar Blues Band from Tehran Underground who plays
some mean low down dirty Blues!
When first listening
to Babak Mirzakhani's lyrics, you may say: This guy is lining up
some Bull Shiite (In yaru Kos O She'r bar mizaneh)! But listen again
and listen carefully! At second glance, when you listen closer,
you will dig that Mirza's lyrics are meaningful but in a nutshell!
Do not forget that all great Persian Underground Bands had originally
come from inside Iran. The best and the top music comes from
inside Iran. The Bull Shiite comes from Los Angeles!
Abjeez, Nabz and other bands are outside Iran and they can say whatever
they want but Mirza is inside Iran. To be inside Iran and
to want your movie or album to be published, then you must push
the envelope to the edge but never cross the line! You must stretch
the limits but never cross the invisible line. That is why Mirza's
lyrics are all in code and in nutshells.
they may sound like nonsense, but listen carefully and you will
understand that Mirza's lyrics are meaningful social criticism!
Dig deep man and you will discover there is a meaning behind
all coded words, slangs, silly wordings and songs. Babak Mirzakhani
is trying his best to put his inside rebellion, into words without
getting blackballed and branded inside Iran. Do you understand what
I'm saying? You know what I mean? Cool then, so let's dig the man
and his lyrics. Open your heart and you will understand what it's
like to live inside Iran, work inside Iran, under a regime in which
bans the Underground Music and arrests the musicians. Listen to
Babak Mirzakhani and you will understand how it feels to live inside
Iran and sing the Blues!
I am truly impressed
with Babak Mirzakhani and The Mirza Band. This is some serious Blues.
You can listen to bands like Mirza, and then listen to some Bache
Kuni or Bache Susul from LA like Shahram-e Gay or Kir-avash
or Juju and Susu or other garbage singing 6/8 Disco beat
with lyrics like:
Akh be kosam,
vakh be kosam
Suzan o sanjaq be kosam,
And then truly
appreciate what a treasure it is to have the Persian Underground
Music, specifically music coming out of Iran. What is coming out
of Los Angeles is basically not worth pissing on! I am telling you
that before the Persian Underground, I would not even listen to
the Persian Bull Shiite Music coming from whorehouses and cabarets
or studios of Los Angeles. I would not give a Flying Fandango about
these New Stars, Sissy Gay Boys and Whores of the Los Angeles. Not
that there is anything wrong with being gay (Seinfeld)! These stars
in the skies of the city of Angels! My time is too precious and
limited to listen to crap!
When I listen
to music, it is scientific, artistic and valuable music. I listen
to classical, Opera, Classical Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues and if I
listen to Persian music, then it surely is Traditional, Classical
or Old Pop Masters like Farhad, Dariush and Ebi. I would never listen
to the present state of the Persian Music, which is basically Shiite
on Shingle! The present shining starts of Los Angeles are basically
Jendehjat-e ba dool or bi dool!
And then came
Persian Underground from inside Iran and changed everything! Persian
Underground from outside Iran followed and changed the Persian music.
to Babak Mirzakhani and the Mirza Band. My hat is off to you. Folks,
I strongly recommend for you to purchase the album.
Support Persian Underground?
You may ask
yourselves why you must support the Persian Underground Artists,
Bands and Bamahang Productions? As a musician, music historian
and musical critic, I been there and done that, so let me give you
a few good reasons on why you must support this movement:
- This movement is growing everyday, but hypothetically If this
movement falls, then your alternative will be listening to Persian
Kos O She'r 6/8 Disco Beat coming out of LA. Are you ready to go
back and listen to that crap?
II - Persian Underground is meaningful, worthy, musically
valuable and artistic verses the Mainstream Persian Pop, Disco and
Techno, which is basically not worth taking a dump on!
III - These artists, bands and companies like Bamahang (which
are the artists and musicians themselves) are helping to develop
your musical taste, appreciation and knowledge. They are doing it
for their souls and for your souls. Support them, because they are
evolving the Persian Music to a higher level of artistic value.
IV - Support Art and support Persian Underground for the
better musical satisfaction for yourselves.
V - Help progress and push the Persian Music forward and
avoid it to go backwards!
VI - Support Persian Underground as a slap in the face of
the Islamic Republic of Iran and to prove and show your solidarity
with the Underground inside Iran.
VII - Support the Underground for Art's sake.
you give me one good reason not to support the Persian Underground?
Listen to me and pay attention,
- Buy tickets and go to Persian
II - Buy the Persian Underground Albums.
III - Write and E-mail to these artists and bands, tell them
that you support them and you appreciate what they do. Put a smile
on their faces. Why not? Support your Hamvatan Artists.
- Avoid Musical Degeneration and avoid Musical Usta Chosaks
of LA to feed you crap!
V - Help the Persian Underground Music to grow strong.
the above, you are making a social, political and a musical statement.
Support the movement.
Do I Support The Movement?
For your information,
I am not advertising for these bands, Bamahang or CD Baby. I
am not a partner with these groups and companies. I am also not
in need of advertisement money to support IPC. I am only writing
these reviews and publish this website for the cause. My cause
is to "Change" the present Political, Social, Traditional
and Musical Status-Quo of the Oppressive Iranian Community inside
and the Shallow Superficial and Cheesy Iranian Community outside
Iran. As a Rebel, I always had one foot in the saddle and one
foot in the grave, rebelling against the norms of the cattle-like
Give me a political,
social, musical and fundamental cause to rebel and support, and
I will be the first to rise the Revolutionary Flag and start a Riot.
I am a born Revolutionary and an International Trouble Maker
and I urge the youth, the Young Generation of Iran to join the movement. Do not take things for granted, do not listen to your elders
blindly, do not follow the leaders of your cheesy Iranian community,
do not accept the norms, do not settle for mediocre and do not accept
defeat. Fight for your rights and fight for a Change.
by reading a page of IPC a day. Educate yourselves to Persian history,
traditions, heritage, identity, culture, politics and music.
and The Revolution starts right here in IPC. That is why I and my
comrades in IPC support the Persian Underground.
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it is relevant and meaningful music, then it is in IPC."
me, say it loud and say it with pride:
I bow to no Gods.
I serve no Masters.
I control my own destiny.
I am a Thinking Man.
I am a Free Man."
Pure Persian Pride
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