Manouchehr Sakhai Passes Away in Los Angeles

by Pejman7

(Radio Zamaneh / Pejman Akbarzadeh) - This morning, Manouchehr Sakhai, one of the pioneers of Persian pop music passed away in California. He was 76. Manouchehr had struggled with cancer for the past few years.

Manouchehr was born in 1935 in Persia and began his music career in the mid-1950s. In Tehran he also acted in a few movies.

Manouchehr released almost ten albums, most of which were recently re-released on CD by California-based Persian music companies.
“Kalaghaa” was the most famous song of Manouchehr Sakhai.

Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Persia (Iran), Manouchehr moved to the US and continued his activities in Los Angeles. In the early 1990s Manouchehr joined the armed anti-Islamic Republic organization MKO and participated in various concerts organized by MKO.

The news piece was originally published in Persian on Radio Zamaneh website.



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by hirre on


Who could forget...

by Rostam on

eyde norooz, shomaal, radio daryaa, manouchehr sakhayi, kalaaghaa... Rest in peace Manouchehr and thanks for all the memories.

David ET

A great loss

by David ET on

I met him twice in Iran with cheshmazar band. He was very much of a gentleman and a great signer who always brought happiness to people's hearts.

May he rest in peace. 


Sad to hear of Manouchehr's passing

by Reality-Bites on

As a kid I grew up listening to his (and Vigen's) songs. They are all going one by one, sigh....



by shamsi on

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Sakhai. Love you. 


may he rest in peace and

by IranMarzban on

may he rest in peace and anhid khanoom actually reza shah changed iran to persia in 1935 the same year he was born so yeah he was persian and btw iran=persia same thing our country has been called persia for 2500 years.  





May he RIP, he brought so many of us so much joy

by Bavafa on

My condolences to his family and friends



Thank You For Wonderful Memories .....

by R2-D2 on




Ravanesh shad

by statira on

One of our best singer.


His Memorial page:

by Reza86 on

Anahid Hojjati

RIP in peace Manouchehr and you were not born in Persia

by Anahid Hojjati on

Dear Manouchehr, your memory will stay alive and you were not that old to be born in Persia. You were at most 80 years old, how could you have been born in Persia as author of this blog states?


روحش شاد


I was too young to remember his music, but did discover and listen a lot to his songs many years later.

Adib Masumian

Roohesh shaad

by Adib Masumian on

Sakhai was a real class act. I loved just about all of his songs, especially Kalaaghaa. I always thought of Ghadima Yaadesh Bekhayr as an interesting case; he sang it in the 70s and was reminiscing about nostalgia much more do we recall nowadays when we listen to that song! A song about nostalgia sung in nostalgic times...a song unique in the repertoire of Persian music indeed.

He will be sorely missed. Roohesh shaad.   (This blog actually has the birth year, so I'm inclined to believe he was actually 76)



May he rest in peace

by Cost-of-Progress on

I remember him in my younger high school years, but (sorry to say that) I was not a fan although I realized even then that he was one of the pop music pioneers in Iran along with many other talented folks. Too bad that our ommatie culture brands these artists and musicians as "Motreb" instead of giving them the credit they deserve, but hey, look at our country what an expectation, ay?

I am not sure how old he was though as Tapesh says he was 80 and this blog says he was 76. I believe 76 is more like it, though I dunno.