Music > Persian Musicians > ABJEEZ: FEMALE PERSIAN MUSICIANS BY SANAZ KHALAJ
An interview with the Iranian Sisters
From the time of Persian Sarmatian female warriors to the enviable space-trip taken by Iranian-American Anousheh Ansari in 2006 - as the world’s first female non-astronaut-traveler/space-tourist - Iranian women seem capable of conquering it all.
We believe the Abjeez - slang for “sisters” in Farsi - are made of the same thriving genetic ingredients as they carry on the Persian tradition of perseverance, equality, artistic expression, and compassion through their pioneering yet organic fusion of Pop-Rock-Reggae-Persian-Flamenco acoustics. In our opinion, sisters Melody - aptly named, as her name means “song” (maybe their mom knew something?) - and Safoura (who shares her name with Moses’s wife) are the best Iranian-musical-sister-combo since Hayedeh and Mahasti. However, their musical styles couldn’t be any more different. The Abjeez’s music is innovative, timely, and deliciously raw.
Safoura’s training at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Seville, Spain with a concentration in Flamenco-Guitar, shines through, while Melody’s natural musical instinct is as insightful and melodically in tune.
They express deep emotion using their instruments – as well as their gift for vocal arrangements, which are recognizably unique to their perfect creations. A smart mix of well-articulated formal and slang Persian linguistics is abundant in their witty lyrical choices: “toe bee eh-ssaasi, taa haalaa nakardi ye’ geryeye assaassi”, a verse from their song ‘Geryeye Mard’ that has already become forever-ingrained in our brain. Like most of our fellow Iranian girls and boys, we’ve been in love with the Abjeez from the first time we heard their name, but we admit that once we heard their musical masterpieces – it was over for us. We’ve been officially “obsessed” ever since. We hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as we enjoyed it. Melody and Safoura, nicknamed Abjeezooloo and Abjeeloo respectively, not only inspire us to be better through their clever Persian-Cante-Jondo-esque sounds, but also through their refreshingly unassuming charm and lovely personalities.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: “Rock-on Persian-Princesses”
*SS = Safoura **MS = Melody
Sanaz Khalaj: Where were you born?
Safoura: In a hospital in Teheran, Iran.
SK: Where did you grow up?
SS: In many places. In India, in the north of Sweden, in the South of Sweden and in Spain. (I'm still growing though.)
MS: Mainly Iran & Skandinavia
SK: When was your last visit to Iran?
SS: Summer 2003.
MS: Autumn of 2003.
SK: Describe High School in one sentence.
SS: 3 years of determination, observation and lots of pimples.