Flow: Call (Neda) (2010)

 |   |  <1 min read

Flow: Call (Neda) (2010)

So, what are the first words which come to mind when you hear the word "Iran"?

Probably not hip-hop, heavy metal, folk-rock or blues.

Or Pink Floyd, as in this piece by the Iranian band Flow.

This tribute is to the 26-year old music student Neda Agha-Soltan who was killed in student demonstrations in Tehran during June 2009 and became a symbol of resistance for young, disaffected Iranians. (Warning, some of the footage in the video is graphic.)

She has been the subject of many song tributes, internet campaigns and posters.

The lyrics in this song may seem a little unsophisticated to some, but their virtue lies in their directness.

If you are interested in hearing more from contemporary Iran check out the rip-hop of Mute Agency, heavy metallers Soog, and punk-meets-jazz band Gachpaj.

And for Iranian pop and rock from the pre-revolutionary period see this excellent collection

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

The Castiles: Baby I (1966)

The Castiles: Baby I (1966)

If Bob Dylan accepts his Nobel Prize for Literature (and at the time of writing he still has made no comment) then it is just another award to be added to a long list. At some point it might be... > Read more

Mark Dinning: Teen Angel (1959)

Mark Dinning: Teen Angel (1959)

When songwriter Jean Dinning died in 2011 at age 86, the obituary writers got the bare fact down straight. How she'd been reading about juvenile delinquents and someone had commented these kids... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

POTTED PROFILE: Femi Kuti

POTTED PROFILE: Femi Kuti

As with any son of a legendary artist, Femi Kuti had large steps to follow in. His father Fela created and defined Nigerian Afrobeat in the 70s and was a political lightning rod in his country.... > Read more

REVOLUTION, COMING RIGHT AT YA: The message in the music

REVOLUTION, COMING RIGHT AT YA: The message in the music

In the on-going American discussion about "the right to bear arms", the flashpoints usually come from another shooting in a high school, a lone gunman on a rampage or what the Founding... > Read more