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Voice Of America Feature #2: Sohrab The Music Activist

 

Photo by Jessica Peng
Photo by Jessica Peng

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Here is a link to a Voice Of America feature of NY’s street musicians Busking in New York- Part 2 which is in Farsi.

The director is Melody Safavi (Abjeez). She features and interviews a brass band, a piano player, an official of the NY Subway, a group of subway break dancers, a violinist,…and Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (leader of the band SoSaLa).

Melody’s coverage proved that NY’s street musicians are hard working people and are not “just” entertainers or “artists”, but WORKERS!

In this film report Sohrab is featured not just as a musician (he’s shown playing on his tenor saxophone in a tunnel), but also as a music activist who speaks about musicians’ rights.

In Farsi he explains and describes that musicians are not different from other workers. They work like anybody else and should be respected for “their work” and get paid fairly like any qualified worker.

He also explains why he calls himself an activist.

Due to this feature which went on air Saturday, September 20, 2014, Sohrab has received some positive responses from Iran.

Sohrab

Sohrab’s support for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement!

SohrabCongrats: “Occupy Wall Street” won this morning!!!! (October 14th, 2011)… I got up this morning at 5:10 am. Turned the TV on to find out what was happening with the Occupy Wall Street movement downtown at Liberty Plaza or Zuccotti Park. This morning at 7am Mayor Bloomberg wanted to clean Zuccotti Park, and use a new set of rules (including no lying down and no sleeping bags) which were designed  to end the Occupation of Wall Street for good.

NY Channel 1 reported that nothing important had happened. So I got the feeling there was no reason for me to hurry. To arrive at 7am sharp was good enough. I prepared breakfast for myself and my wife. When I finished brushing my teeth, charged my Iphone, got into my jeans…got on the 1 at 79th Street. Changed to the 3 at 72nd Street and arrived at Wall Street at 6:55am and 7am sharp,  I was finally there…….Read More

Occupy Wall Street – again another victory!!!! And music was an important part of it! (October 16th, 2011)

Today, October 15th, was a special day for this movement: International Day of Action – Massive Global Uprising…here in NY city, in America and abroad (Italy, Japan, Canada, etc.). Read more about this unspoken revolution in http://www.occupywallstreet.com.

DooBeeDooBeeDoo was at Times Square in Manhattan when thousands of locals and tourists gathered to demonstrate their dissatisfaction about anything. Today our interest was to find out whether music was a positive force in this big rally. And YES it was! Music was everywhere. Either people were rapping slogans, singing folk songs, playing all kinds of instruments or even when discussing things, you could hear and feel music. – Personally I was very happy when I saw this sign (watch below video)……..Read More