Shadmehr Aghili Concert in Toronto on March 5th 2010

Sayeh Hassan
by Sayeh Hassan

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending Shadmehr Aghili’s Concert in Toronto. Shadmehr Aghili is arguably one of the most talented young Iranian musicians out there. He does not only write and sing songs but plays numerous instruments, and is someone I consider a true musician.

The reason I decided to write a few lines about this concert was the fact that near the end of the concert he played the Iranian National Anthem (Ey Iran)with his violin while everyone in attendance (close to 500) people stood up and sang the Iranian national anthem together. After the national anthem number of people in attendance started chanting the slogan “death to dictator” while at least one person chanted “death to the Islamic Regime.”

I was very impressed with Aghili for daring to play the Iranian National Anthem at a time when so many artists and musicians are trying their best to stay away from politics in Iran. I am very happy that I attended, it was a great night, and hope to see Shadmehr in Toronto again very soon.

Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran


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Here is another great version....

by UnitedIran on

A unique and updated version incorporating all that is IRAN!




Sayeh - ey Iran has become the De facto Iranian national anthem

by MM on

While popular during the Shah's regime, the soroud-e-ey-Iran has now become the De facto Iranian national anthem played in concerts, radio programs, TV shows as well as ipods.  I like the original version which is stored on my ipod and computer.  But, it is not to say that there are not other nice performances out there.

Too bad IRI sympathizers.  There is no mention of Islam, Palestine, Lebanon or Israel in this song.  Only Iran.

Original version: //

Darya Davar version: //

Thanks Sayeh, I just listened again.


SP, anti colonial?

by Cost-of-Progress on

Of course! Your people are now occupying Iran....only it is not colonialism, it is to finish off what they started 14 centuries ago.





Sargord Pirouz

Don't get me wrong, Ey Iran

by Sargord Pirouz on

Don't get me wrong, Ey Iran is my favorite Iranian patriotic song. But it isn't the national anthem; not now, nor even during the Shah's time.

I wouldn't even consider it a political resistance or revolutionary song. Remember, it was written during the American occupation of the 1940's. (A time where my family endured hardship.) So, more accurately, the song's intent was anti-colonial and patriotic.