Rappers, Divas & Virtuosos from the Muslim World | KCET
Rappers, Divas & Virtuosos from the Muslim World
Islam is the majority faith in 47 countries, with almost as many different cultures. This series presents spirited musicians from Iran, Western Sahara, Bangladesh, and Morocco who, whether singing, rapping or playing their instrument, bring an extraordinary voice to their art. Each artist, in his or her own unique way, breaks through tradition and stereotypes of conformity, using music as a tool for justice and peace.
Filmed in Karaj, Iran and New York City, Songs of Hope explores the life and music of Kayhan Kalhor, a master of the kamancheh, or Persian spike fiddle. The love he showed for the instrument as a child led him to the life as a prodigy who left Iran in 1981 after the 1979 Islamic Revolution so he could continue his musical studies. He is renowned as a soloist and composer and as a founder and member of several ensembles, including Yo-Yo Ma s Silk Road Ensemble, with which we see him rehearsing one of his compositions in the film.