An Iranian singer won a Grammy for a song that could land him in a jail!

The award went to the Iranian singer Shervin Hajipour for his song Baraya.

Feb 6, 2023 - 17:20
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An Iranian singer won a Grammy for a song that could land him in a jail!

This year was the first that the award for Best Song for Social Change was presented at the Grammys. The winner in this category was read by Jill Biden, the wife of US President Joe Biden. The award went to the Iranian singer Shervin Hajipour for his song Baraya. The song become the anthem of ongoing protests in Islamic countries, and the Iranian singer faces possible jail time. 

"For women, life, freedom"

Baraya's song begins with the lyrics: "For dancing in the streets, for the fear, we feel when we kiss". The lyrics state the reasons why young Iranians protested in the streets. The text ends with the slogan that spread widely and became synonymous with protests after the death of Mahsa Amini: "For women, life, freedom." Recall, Mahsa Amini was not politically engaged, but her death caused huge protests throughout Iran and Kurdistan (where she is from), but also in the world. Videos of Mahsa Amini with her head bandaged and her ears bleeding have gone viral.

The musician posted the song on his Instagram page and it quickly went viral. Hajipour was then arrested and held in custody for several days. He was released on bail.

He faces six years in prison!

He is facing charges of propaganda against the regime and incitement to violence, according to human rights activists in Iran. The charges he faces could land him up to six years in prison. Also, the singer is forbidden to leave Iran.

Jill Biden said that song can "unite, inspire and ultimately change the world." "This song has become a protest anthem, a powerful and poetic call for freedom and women's rights. Shervin was arrested, but this song continues to resonate around the world with its powerful theme: women, life, freedom," Biden said. 

After winning the award, Shervin took to Instagram and wrote: "We won." There is still no reaction to the singer's Grammy win in Iranian state media.

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Post By: Vanessa F.