Source: Persian Heritage
January 20th, 2006 will
mark the16th anniversary of Hayedeh's passing in exile. Her songs are still
loved and remain very much popular among the Persians (Iranians) but until now
no one has written a complete article about her activities. This occasion
encouraged me to do just that and the following is my humble attempt at such
Hayedeh in the last months of her life in
Hayedeh, the legendary diva of
In early 1970s, along with her classical Persian songs, Hayedah also performed many pop songs composed by the likes of Jahanbakhsh Pazouki, Anoushiravan Rohani and Mohammad Heydari. "Bezan Tar", "Gol-e Sang", "Nowrouz Aamad" and "Soghati" were among her memorable works during this period.
In September 1978, a few
months before the revolution in
Haydeh and Anoushiravan Rohani, National Iranian Radio and
Television, around 1976 (Photo from Persian weekly TAMASHA)
In exile Hayedeh spent a
few years with her children in
During this period, Hayedeh regularly appeared on the Los Angeles-based Jaam-e Jam, a Persian-language TV station established by Manouchehr Bibiyan and a few other Persian artists and journalists in exile. Hayedeh not only criticized Iran's fundamental regime in some of her TV programs, but also recorded more than 40 music videos at Jaam-e Jam Studio, most of which were secretly distributed in her homeland.
Hayedeh also traveled twice
Prof. Erik Nakhjavani writes about Hayedeh's vocal and performative style in Encyclopedia Iranica: "Analogues to Delkash, before her, Hayedeh sang with technical authority and passionate energy. Her laryngeal control made it possible for her to produce a series of graceful vibrato and glissando vocalizations required by the Avaz [Persian voal music]. She could smoothly pass from the upper reaches of her alto voice to the lower, fuller, and darker range of the contralto. This mixture of strong laryngeal strength and learned vocal technique gave her alto-contralto voice a rare, powerful resonance and texture in the performance of the Avaz. Furthermore an acute sense for musical timing, the rhythmic flow of vocal music, affective musical phrasing, and poetic delivery enabled her to express and interpret effectively any songs she sang."
Hayedeh's Gravestone in Westwood
Hayedeh died from a heart
attack at the age of 47, only hours after a performing in a concert at the
Casablanca Club in
On this 16th anniversary of Hayedeh's passing, her voice is ever alive and will continue to live among the Persian people. "Yaadash Geraami".
Pejman Akbarzadeh is a 25 year musician, researcher and a member of Artists Without Frontiers. English version of this article was edited by Daniel Pourkesali and Ali Mehran. The complete Persian version is available at:
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