The song Barayethe protest song written by the Iranian musician Shervin Hajipour in honor of the 22 year old Mahsa Amini, dead after being stopped by the police, she seems to be very close to being nominated for the award “Best Song for social change“Of the next Grammy Awards. This was announced by the Recording Academy itself, the US company of musicians, producers, sound engineers and music professionals that manages the award nominations: according to data provided to Variety magazine, out of 115,000 subscriptions received, well 95,000 I’m for the hymn to the Iranian revolt.
The new Grammy Awards award
In the next edition of the Grammy Awards, the jury will assign several new statuettes and among these the one that takes the name of “Best Song for social change” stands out, Song for social changewith which the performer of a piece of music that addresses the hottest topics of our time. Even if the final decision on the winner or winner rests with a well-selected committee, there seems to be no doubt that such a high number of subscriptions in favor of the song “Baraye“Will not go unnoticed. The CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr.said: “While we cannot predict who might win the award, we are honored to know that the Academy is a platform for people who want to show support for the idea that music is a powerful catalyst for change“. And he added: “the Academy firmly supports the freedom of expression and art created to empower communities in need. Because music serves the world and the Recording Academy exists to serve the music. “
The story of “Baraye”
The text of “Baraye” is based entirely on the messages that the Iranians have posted online regarding the reasons for their protest: each of these begins with the word “baraye”, Which means” for … “or” because of … “in language Farsi. In the song, Hajipour sings words like “To dance in the streets, to kiss loved ones” And “For women, life, freedom“, towards which the crowd has often alternated during the protests following the death of Amini. The song was broadcast online at the end of September and immediately amassed millions of views, becoming a veritable anthem for Iranian women in revolt, played even in demonstrations of solidarity in the United States and Europe according to The Guardian. Hajipour himself was arrested a few days after the song was published, and only last week was it reported to the Iranian news agency IRNA that the singer-songwriter was released on bail pending legal process.
Mahsa Amini, 22, was stopped by the Iranian moral police on 13 September on the accusation that she was not wearing the suit properly.hijab, the Islamic headdress, according to the rules in force on women’s clothing. Some witnesses reported violent beatings against Amini at the time of her arrest, which would have caused her coma: two days later, the girl died in the hospital. After the news, violent protests have been unleashed all over Iran. Recently, a coroner claimed that the death was caused by pre-existing conditionsand not for the injuries sustained with the arrest.