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Arian Band

03/17/13

Arian Band is the first ever boy and girl pop band in Iran. They were followed by a whole series of boy/girl bands. Pahlavan and Salehi are the band’s lead vocalists, and the songwriters are Pahlavan, Salehi, Amirkhas, Khahani and Farnejad.

 

 

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Their second, third and fourth albums were the bestselling albums of their release years. They are the first Iranian band to feature in the “International Who’s Who in Music”. They have released four albums, and played concerts around the globe. They donate part of their profits to the “United Nations World Food Program”.

 

 

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Currently the members of the band are: Ali Pahlavan (Vocals and Guitar), Payam Salehi (Vocals and Guitar), Ninef Amirkhas (Keyboard), Siamak Khahani (Violin), Alireza Tabatabaee (Drum), Borzou Badihi (Percussion), Sharareh Farnezhad (Guitar and Chorus), Sahar Kashmari (Chorus), Sanaz Kashmari (Chorus). Former Member: Mohammad Reza Golzar (Guitar).
Albums
Their debut album, “Gole Aftabgardoon” (The Sunflower) was released in 2000. The album had huge success in Iran and between the Persian communities across the globe. The lyrics were simple, nice and different from the prior bands and singers, and the music had a positive feeling. Their second album, however, had more complex lyrics. It was named “Va Amma, Eshgh” (And Now, Love) and released in 2001.

 

 

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The lyrics were again alternative and different, and in the first song, the fantasies of love are being criticized and described as “The Childish Tales”. It took three years to release the third album, Till Eternity…, released in 2004 and they started to show their music to the rest of the world and were nominated for BBC World Music Awards. The band has become so popular that more than 54,000 tickets to one of their concerts were sold in less than six hours. In 2008, they released their fourth album “Bi to Ba to” and they worked together with Chris de Burgh and produced an English-Persian version of de Burgh’s song “The Words I Love You” (A light for eternity).

 

 

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In 2009, the Arian band released a single called “Here Comes Nowrouz, Here Comes Spring” for the Iranian new year. In 2010, they released a single called “The Footsteps of Hope” for United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and received a Certificate of Appreciation from WFP. In an interview with BBC they said: “Now we have a responsibility, we should be better and introduce ourselves all over the world. Originally, Mohammad Reza Golzar, a famous actor and model, used to be the main guitarist for the group.
Source: Wikipedia