The music of Israeli “Tehran” star Liraz Sharhi turns into a soundtrack for the Iran protests

The music of Israeli singer and actress Liraz Sharhi, recorded in collaboration with Iranian artists, has become widely associated with the recent protests in the Islamic Republic, according to a Hebrew media report.

Charhi, who plays a Mossad spy in the Israeli TV series “Tehran,” has remotely recorded music in the past with unknown Iranian musicians. Channel 12 news reported that her latest album, “Ruya” – Khayal in Persian – was personally recorded with four Iranian artists in Istanbul earlier this year.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has considered the Jewish state an enemy, making visiting, and even technical cooperation, a crime punishable by law in Iran.

According to the network, Charhi’s words “How long will we remain silent, how long will we keep our head down?” Accompany videos and protest rallies taking place in Iran, which was sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mohsa Amini in the custody of the morality police after her arrest for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code.

Charhi told Channel 12 that her first album, “Nazz” – which featured Iranian artists – quickly reached the Islamic Republic and became popular among Iranians after its release in 2018.

“Very quickly, I received videos of women dancing in underground parties and taking off the chador and dancing to these songs,” she said.

After collaborating with Iranian artists again on her second album, Zan, Charhi invited the musicians to meet secretly in Istanbul in February, to record her third album. Turkey is one of the few countries that Iranians can travel to without a visa.

The artists came with the condition that their faces were not blurred in any photograph taken and that their names were not published anywhere.

“I’ve waited all my life to meet my friends and family from Iran, the fact that you weren’t afraid and that you were brave…wow,” Charhi said upon the arrival of the musicians.

One of the musicians told Channel 12: “We know that Iran has a problem with Israel…but if we only make music, that’s fine.”

“I know this can be dangerous, but I do what I love,” he added.

Sharhi went on tour over the summer after recording the album, when the Jewish Culture Festival offered her a chance to sing with her Iranian assistants at a performance scheduled at the Old Synagogue in Krakow, Poland.

The performers agreed to perform as long as they were masked. Sharhi told Channel 12 that a golden veil was woven to hide their identity, but one of the artists insisted on showing part of her hair. She was later identified and out in Iran to perform with an Israeli, according to the report.

Since the outbreak of protests in Iran, Charhi has received messages of support from fans in Iran via Instagram.

“Thank you for being our voice, I will never forget you,” one of the messages read.

Another supporter wrote, “I love your Farsi songs and hope that one day you will sing in beautiful Tehran.”

The Oslo-based Iranian Human Rights Organization reports that at least 92 protesters have been killed in the crackdown on demonstrations, now in its fourth week, fueling tensions between Iran and the West, especially the United States.

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