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Iranian Protest Song Gains Thousands Of Submissions For New Grammy Award

As powerful and popular many protest songs have been throughout history they have not had their own category at one of the world’s largest music awards ceremony – until now.

The annual Grammy Awards, in the US, have now added a new category called “Best Song for Social Change”. With this The Recording Academy aims to recognise songs with profound social influence and impact.

Also read: Iran Arrests Singer Whose Song Became Anthem Of Ongoing Protests

One song in particular has by now received a vast amount of submissions for the new award. “Baraye” by 25-year-old Iranian musician, Shervin Hajipour, was written in response to the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini.

The song went viral on social media, gaining over 40 million views, before Hajipour was arrested by Iranian authorities. The artist has since then been released on bail.

In a recent Instagram post, Hajipour denied any links to any “movement or organisation outside the country” and said clarified that his song was only meant to “express solidarity with the people”.

“Thousands turn out in Melbourne to stand in solidarity with protests that have broken out in Iran following the death of 22-year old Mahsa (also known as Jina or Zhina) Amini at the hands of the country’s brutal dictatorship and its ‘morality’ police.” Image licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

In a statement, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr said: “The Academy is deeply moved by the overwhelming volume of submissions for Shervin Hajipour’s ‘Baraye’ for our new Special Merit Award, Best Song for Social Change.

“While we cannot predict who might win the award, we are humbled by the knowledge that the Academy is a platform for people who want to show support for the idea that music is a powerful catalyst for change.

“The Academy steadfastly supports freedom of expression and art that’s created to empower communities in need. Because music serves the world, and the Recording Academy exists to serve music.”

Cover image, “Shervin-Hajipour-Khoobe-Man.jpg”, by Sepher Sabah. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0.

Petrol Girls Release New Song On International Women’s Day Featuring Janey Starling

The song, Fight For Our Lives, pays tribute to the global fight against femicide and gender based violence.

All proceeds from the sales of the song go to UK based Level Up. This feminist organisation is building an interactive, virtual database of femicide victims across the UK and Chile, aiming to scale up in the future.

See also: Femicide And The Punk Rock Scene In Chile: Interview With Sin Lenceria

This time around the band brought in reinforcements. Janey Starling, former lead singer of Dream Nails and co-director of Level Up, is a perfect fit and she lends her furious voice and lyrical wizardry to the feminist anthem.

Janey wrote about the origins of the International Women’s Day for the Guardian in 2019 and how it’s rooted in “working-class and migrant women’s protests against life-threatening conditions in sweatshops”.

She will be joining the band on stage on the 19th of March as they perform at the Punks Against Sweatshops show in London.

Cover photo credits: Martyna Wisniewska


‘Flores Rojas’: Rebeca Lane Normalises Menstruation In New Music Video

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In the year 2022 it is quite remarkable that people are still battling to normalise a completely normal bodily function and trying to tear down the stigmas around it.

Yet, that is still the case, and girls and women around the world continue to face social difficulties when it comes to menstruation. In many places education about menstruation comes late, if ever, on top of many girls and women having to battle lack of water and access to personal hygiene products.

Photo taken from Rebeca Lane’s Bandcamp page.

With her latest single, ‘Flores Rojas’ (Red Flowers), Guatemalan rapper Rebeca Lane tries to use her talents to educate both young and old about this amazing and powerful part of the women’s body.

The animated video follows a young girl around, doing all the things society tells girls they can’t do while menstruating. The music video, and the song, is an ode to the female body and the feminine spirit around the world.

“My grandmother, the moon
Sows my womb
Various seeds to keep
And every month flowers germinate in me
They’re red like my menstrual blood”

“To menstruate with dignity is a human right”, Rebeca writes on her Bandcamp page. In many countries, though, it is seen as something dirty and unnatural. According to this article, “across Africa it is estimated that one in 10 girls will miss school when they have their periods, and can miss approximately 10-20% of school days – factors which can lead to them dropping out altogether. This puts them at greater risk of child marriage, and getting pregnant at a younger age, which comes with heightened health risks.”

Rebeca understands that there is still a great deal of work ahead and hopefully her beautiful music video can help create a positive change for women and young girls around the world.

Rebeca’s new album, Florecer, comes out in April 2022.