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Saeed Shanbehzadeh, the great artist

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

Saeed Shanbehzadeh was born in 1347 in an art-loving family in Bushehr, Iran.  He was actively involved with traditional music of Bushehr with help from his father and brother, who was a professional musician, a trumpet player who was familiar with Western music.  Shanbehzadeh was first introduced to traditional Bushehr music by his family and then by being introduced to it in the streets and bazaars of Bushehr.  He had already started to play music prior to any formal training in this field under master musicians, and now he is continuing to train in France, learning to play the saxophone.  Although he has never had any academic musical education in Iran he has been active in music research, theory of music, and studying of methods of teaching music.   Shanbehzadeh left Iran in 2002 for Paris, France in order to continue his interest in the field of music.

Shanbehzadeh began his public debut in 1990 with his performance in Fajr Festival, which brought him the first prize in that same year.  A year later in 1991, he began performing in Tehran Symphony Orchestra, and after that he had many other performances in different regions of Iran, which was enthusiastically welcomed by the Iranian audiences everywhere.  Saeed Shanbehzadeh's first concert abroad was in Italy in 1999.  Since then, his group has had several performances outside of Iran, including Womex Music Festival in Spain in 2007, Tirgan Festival in Toronto in 2008, and Globalfest in 2009 in New York.

Shanbehzadeh uses Bushehr and southern Iranian dances and choreography with the traditionally music he plays.  He believes music and dance from the south are inseparable.  He learned to dance from his sister, Shahla Shanbehzadeh, who was a trained and educated dancer in the field of classical local dances, and worked as a professional dancer at the National Iranian Radio and Television.

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Donbak o Dombak

by Marjaneh on

yes, all wondering what was beneath the ethnic Scottish kilt...


actually,  I was wondering. (Yes I do know about  accoustics and  stone,) but was wondering about the synthetics of the instrument and its impact....?


Pure racism

by divaneh on

The bigot differentiates an Iranian for the colour of his skin and calls one of the most loved provincial music of Iran (Bandari) a mix of African and Scotish. Now if you ask him why the bagpipe is Scottish and not Iranian, he can not answer. Does not understand the difference between the Scottish and Bandari bagpipes neither. Incapable of appreciating art, he feels obliged to share his racist bigotry.

This is a very creative fusion of the Iranian music and poetry with free style dance. Well done Shanbehzadeh and the rest of the team. Loved it.  


An exceptional artist

by Yara on

Saeed Shanbehzadeh is very well-known and respected in France.  He has worked with many French musicians as he continues to experiment with jazz fusion and with dance as a theatrical element of his presentations.  He is superb on stage and his audiences love him wherever he has performed. Watch his interaction with his audience here.  Great fun:



کار شنبه زاده حرف نداره.


دوست دارم حتما یک بار کارش رو زنده و از نزدیک ببینم، کارش
خیلی‌ پر انرژی هست.


Thanks Nazy

by comrade on

For Shanbehzadeh blog link. I hope it will educate some bigots.

Nazy Kaviani

"The black guy...."

by Nazy Kaviani on

Hi Obama. The "black guy" speaks very good Farsi, with a twist of Bushi, the dialect of Boushehr. He not only is an excellent musician and entertainer, world renowned for his authentic music of the South of Iran, he is an extremely intelligent and compassionate man. This is what he has to say about "blacks" in his blogs. Somehow it is both sobering and humbling to read his words, learning that as an Iranian, he feels the pinch of racism like so many others in the world:

عجب خدایی
میگن در بین ۱۲۴ هزار پیغمبر حتی یه پیغمبر سیاه هم نیست. .
اگر سیاه باشی و خیلی آدم مومنی و با تقوی اگه بمیری و بری اون دنیا میری بهشت و این سعادت نصیبت میشه که غلامی پیامبران و امامان رو کنی. به به عجب سعادتی، یه عمر با تقوی باش و جلو هوای نفسانی و عقلانی و شهوانی و خوشخوشانیت رو بگیر تا اینکه بمیری و بری اون دنیا تازه بشی غلام و نوکر.
مو که سر در نمیارم از کار این خدا، پیغمبر زن هم نداریم. زنها هم اگه خیلی با تقوی باشن و مومن وقتی مردن و رفتن اون دنیا میرن بهشت و تبدیل میشن به حوری بهشتی و همخوابی با پیامبرا و اماما نصیبشون میشه.اینم جایزه زنان.
عجب خدای
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The black guys and white ladies spoke good persian! beautiful!

by obama on

Interesting they were playing african and scotish music with persian lyrics in front of the Babylonian architecture! How come there were no iranians? They were great performers. Big contrasts!


Beautiful, very artistic

by Goodearth on

Enjoyed it very much. Thanks for posting.



by comrade on

The numb audience reminds me of the Shirazi people, who had hard time relating to the performances during The Shiraz Art Festival, back in the 70's.


American women

by Iraniandudee3 on

Who were the women? For non-Iranians they spoke Persian really good.

hamsade ghadimi

the music was great.  dame

by hamsade ghadimi on

the music was great.  dame bararan bandari sharji.  the dance by the women was bizarre to say the least.  one of the women reminded me of mary kahterine gallagher of snl:



Very nice transitioning

by Monda on

..into a much broader/ worldly genre. It's funny watching how self-contained audience can be.