Most of the songs on the playlist are in Farsi, both classical and contemporary.
Spotify has launched a new playlist to amplify the voices of Iranian women titled Women of Iran, according to a report by Billboard.
Curated by the DSP’s associate manager, artist partnerships, Iranian-American Leila Kashfi, the playlist aims to amplify the voices of Iranian women and their global allies.
The playlist includes songs by iconic Iranian singers, including Googoosh, Mahasti and Hayedeh, alongside artists like Shervin Hajipour and Toomaj Salehi, who were both arrested and imprisoned after sharing music in support of the fight against the Islamic Republic’s injustices.
As a part of the playlist launch, Spotify is utilising its playlist clips feature, which are likened to “stories” connected to a playlist, providing a platform for Iranian musicians, comedians, designers, producers and more to speak on topics like culture, art, creative process and the importance of freedom of expression.
The playlist also includes diasporic Iranian artists, including Rana Mansour, Snoh Aalegra, and Iranian-Dutch singer Sevdaliza, who has released a number of songs in support of the ongoing revolution in Iran.
The curated compilation reflects the core characteristics of Iran’s ancient culture, which is steeped in music, dance and art, celebrating the beauty of a country that is unfamiliar to many.