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Iranian actress Andisheh Fuladvand working on new album

TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian actress Andisheh Fuladvand has found the time to work on her new album "Fire, Friend!", which she says will soon be released.

"I have focused on the album for the past eleven months and now it is almost ready," she told the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday.

"All of the pieces on the album are about the (1980-1988 Iran-Iraq) war, and like my previous (musical) works, I recite my poems in it," Fuladvand explained.

She was in Chicago in early September to promote the second film of the "Stars" trilogy of Fereidun Jeirani, "Stars: Becoming a Star", along with other cast members. The film had its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Premier Movie Theater on September 11 during the 17th edition of the Festival of Films from Iran, which is held annually by the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Fuladvand explained that her album has three sections.

"The album opens with 'In the Name of the Homeland', a song sung by Mani Rahnama, and continues with 'His Excellency', 'Fire, Friend!', and 'Before the Morning Azan', which are recited by myself.

"The last part of the album features a recitation of a letter to Haj Sadeq Ahangaran, which is a long couplet poem expressing a kind of nostalgia about the war as well as the confrontation of the new generation over the war," she said.

Ahangaran was a prominent eulogist during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. He panegyrized before Iran's major military operations to raise Iranian combatants' spirits so the enemy dubbed him "Khomeini's nightingale", a title he takes pride in.

"In 'Fire, Friend!', I am looking through the eyes of the generation that gets nostalgic when they hear the voice of Ahangaran," Fuladvand said in conclusion.

Fuladvand's latest acting performance was in Saeid Soheili's "Stone, Paper, Scissors", which has not premiered yet. Her other film credits include "Saint Mary", "Friday Soldiers", and the first of the "Stars" trilogy, "Stars: She Was a Star".

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