Hamed Zamani – The Voice of Voiceless
Hamed Zamani, the young Iranian singer-songwriter and composer, was born in a religious family in Meymeh, Isfahan on April 10, 1988. During childhood, because of having a beautiful voice and enormous talent and with the encouragement of his family, he started reciting Quran and eulogizing for Ahlul-Bayt (A.S) and passed training courses in this regard and won some provincial and national ranks in Quran competitions. At the age of 7 and after his father discovered his wonderful talent in singing, he started attending Persian traditional music classes of master Tabatabaei – one of the late master Taj-Esfahani's students – in Isfahan and passed the Persian traditional singing course there. However, later and according to present day's circumstances, he turned to Pop music, since he believed that because of quicker conveying the concepts, popularity and not being limited to the specific audience, Pop music provides a better basis for broadly expressing and conveying his words and messages. Hamed Zamani's debut song, entitled "Zinat-e Asemoon" (or "Sky's Ornament"), was made on 2006 . The song was about Imam Hussain (A.S), and in addition to singing, Zamani also composed and wrote it himself. During the following years, he continued working as a singer-songwriter and composer by making different singles, until 2010 when he started collaboration with the IRIB (Iranian National Radio and Television) through singing the final song of the telecast "Dirooz, Emrooz, Farda" – a song which he had written and composed it himself and was welcomed widely by audiences. This collaboration has continued over the next years to the present through making the starting and final songs of different telecasts such as "Mah-e Asal", "Shahr-e Baran", "Shenasnameh", etc., and various singles with valuable and revolutionary themes like "Tahrim" ("Sanction"), "Faryad-e Farda" ("Shout of Tomorrow"), "Khak-e Aziz" ("Dear Land"), etc. In addition to attending several radio and television programs and performing in different ceremonies, Hamed Zamani also has held some concerts that the latest and biggest among them was held on May 23, 2013 (coinciding with the night of anniversary of the epic of the conquest of Khorramshahr) in Milad Tower's International Conference Hall in Tehran and with the presence of a large number of his fans and supporters. The concert was unique of its kind in terms of both the type and theme of the songs and also the participants; since for the first time the songs with explicit religious and revolutionary themes were performed in this concert along with showing the pictures of Holy Defense Era (Iran-Iraq war) and martyrs, national rallies, Supreme Leader of Islamic revolution (Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei), Secretary General of Lebanon's Hezbollah (Sayyed Hassan Nasrullah), martyrs of nuclear knowledge, etc. that never have been happened in any other concert undoubtedly. Moreover, the attendance of religious people and families in this concert – who mostly don't attend such programs due to the inconsistency between the atmosphere of some of concerts and their religious beliefs – was one of the other differences of Hamed Zamani's concert from other music concerts. Hamed Zamani's first album, named "Hazrat-e Mah", which passed the procedures for obtaining permits and preparing the songs and is set to be released soon, contains 14 tracks – that according to Hamed Zamani, more than 80 percent of them are new. In this album, Hamed Zamani has worked with many of the leaders of poetry and music including famous poets and songwriters such as Alireza Ghazveh, Saeed Biabanaki and Fazel Nazari and reputed composers and arrangers like Siavash Sadri, Omid Rahbaran, Amir Jamalfard, etc.
***"I'm the voice of voiceless"; this is what Hamed Zamani told in describing his role in the music area. In his opinion, part of the people and their beliefs and ideals – which are Hamed Zamani's beliefs and ideals indeed – have been ignored in most of musical works, while this group of people form a big part of society that were deprived from having an artist who addresses their values and intellectual concerns explicitly and with no preciosity or concealment. Hence, Hamed Zamani has always tried to express the concerns of this type of music audience in the form of art, through making songs with sublime themes about Islam and Infallible Imams (A.S), Islamic revolution, Holy Defense, martyrs and war veterans, struggling with the Global Arrogance and International Zionism, resistance against pressures and sanctions imposed by enemies, martyrs of nuclear technology, and many other similar notions which have been less considered or completely ignored in other artists' works. Among these are the following songs: "Hazrat-e Mah" (about Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al-Hadi (A.S)), "Hazrat-e Mahtab" (about Lady Fatima al-Zahra (S.A)), "Emam Reza" (about Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (A.S)), "Armita" (about the martyred nuclear scientist Daryoush Rezaeinejad and his young daughter, Armita), "Farmandeh" (about martyr Hassan Tehrani-Moghaddam), "Ghaladeha-ye Tala" (about the riots happened after the 2010's presidential election in Iran), "Parvaz" (about the martyrs of nuclear knowledge especially martyr Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan), "Khoon-e Habil" (about the martyrs of assassination), "Paydari" (about resistance against the pressures of enemies and martyrs of nuclear science especially martyrs Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan and Majid Shahriari), Mohammad (PBUH) (Hamed Zamani's first trilingual song – performed in Farsi, Arabic and English – about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)), "Fasl-e Residan" (about Islamic revolution and Iran's progress during the years after the revolution), "Raz-e Roshan" (about martyr Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan) and "Cheshm-e Majnoon" (about the chief martyr Haj Mohammad Ebrahim Hemmat). One of the milestones in Hamed Zamani's artistic repertoire is the song "Marg Bar Amrika" ("Death to America"). This song which was released on the occasion of the National Day of Fighting Against the Global Arrogance in Iran – coincide with the anniversary of capturing the American Den of Espionage (U.S. embassy in Iran) – and during an inflamed period and along with some dangerous murmurs inside the country about the elimination of the chant "Death to America" and revising anti-imperialism approaches of the Islamic Republic, was reflected widely domestically and abroad and in addition to extensive reception by people, it has been addressed and analyzed by media, both domestic (different channels and news programs of the IRIB and various newspapers and news agencies) and foreign (such as Associated Press, Washington Post and some of the Persian-language satellite channels like VOA and Manoto). In the song "Marg Bar Amrika", written by Mohammad Mahdi Sayyar, after mentioning part of the lengthy list of cruelty and crimes done by the arrogant American government against the Iranian people and other nations in the world at different times to the present (such as the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, polluting and degrading the environment, adverse propaganda and psychological warfare and cultural aggression against countries through the broad and monopolized media network, warmongering policies and massacre of millions of innocent people around the world, misusing the concept of "human rights" to put pressure on independent states while committing massive crimes against humanity, waging coup in different countries and attempting to overthrow the democratic governments, espionage activities against the countries and assassinating the national and scientific figures) and with declaring outrage towards these oppression and crimes as well as their perpetrators (i.e., leaders of the arrogant government of the United States) whom their crimes are along with the crimes of all the wicked of the world against the innocent freedom loving people throughout history, destruction of the Arrogance – which is now embodied in the corrupt government of America – is shouted as an act of Tabarra in Islam (expressing disassociation from Evil) and expressing aversion to the enemies of God. In Hamed Zamani's opinion, "Death to America" is a symbol of the shout of all the oppressed people of the world and a metaphor for "Death to Oppression", and he believes that this song –which is a brief overview of the American government's policies against humanity – expresses his heart words, and in a sense, encompasses all the issues that he intended to express in his other songs. As the main creators of this art work, Hamed Zamani and Mohammad Mahdi Sayyar were praised many times by various figures, organizations and institutions and for an instance, 63 members of the Iranian Parliament appreciated the "valuable action" of Zamani and Sayyar for making the song "Death to America". However, the most important acknowledgment of this song was done by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei. During an intimate meeting with Hamed Zamani, Ayatollah Khamenei graced him and after appreciating the singer for making this art work, told him (as quoted by Zamani): "Your song 'Death to America' was [in fact] death to the 2014's America; I heard that they have attacked this work, let them attack since you should grieve if they didn't attack; you don't be discouraged and make another one too." These remarks and guidelines and encouraging incentives of the Supreme Leader underlay Hamed Zamani's next work; a song that is considered as another milestone in Zamani's career in the music field and he knows it as a supplement and continuation to the song "Death to America". This song – which its lyrics again is written by Mohammad Mahdi Sayyar, and according to Zamani, it has been confirmed by the Supreme Leader in his next meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei because of making this song – is named "Gozineha-ye Rooy-e Miz" ("The Options on the Table") that its name was chosen based on the sentence "All options are on the table" (!) which are the repetitive famous words said by the American officials, especially U.S. president Barack Obama, for threatening the Iranian nation to military attack, and the song is a response to the American government's options on the table to combat the people and the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to Hamed Zamani, the song "Death to America" expresses the American government's options on the table to counter Iran, and the song "The Options on the Table" expresses the Iranian nation's options on the table to struggle with the arrogant American government and a response to threats by U.S. officials. In this song, through citing seven cases of the brilliant historical records of the people and the holy Islamic Republic of Iran in counteracting and undoing hostility and widespread conspiracies of the U.S., some of the main components of the Iranian nation's power based on religious, national, territorial and scientific issues have been mentioned and by recalling the decline of the arrogant American government's power, emptiness of threats by the U.S. authorities as well as the Iranian people's resistance against these threats, by relying on God and through the mentioned power components, are emphasized. The song "Gozineha-ye Rooy-e Miz" which was enjoyed a warm and rare reception by the people, was also strongly considered by media; it was broadcast several times on the national TV and different press and news agencies published various reports and articles about it and held many interviews with Hamed Zamani and others involved in making this song. One of the interesting facts about this song was the widespread and nationwide playing of the song in many parts of the country during the march for marking the anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11; the participants in the rally were singing the song all together, which is showing the high popularity of the song between different groups of people.
***Graduated with an MS in Political Science from University of Tehran, Hamed Zamani knows himself as a political person – of course the right meaning of politics and what our leaders called the "same as religion" – and he believes in clear and explicit (rather than vague and ambiguous) and yet, artistically speaking about the religious and political issues in the field of music and he knows it in agreement and consistent with the beliefs and teachings of Islam and school of Ahlul-Bayt (A.S), in which the political or religious issues and values were presented clearly and simply, without preciosity and of course beautifully, and in his opinion, this way for offering valuable messages in musical works will lead to further deepening and better transferring these concepts. However, addressing other noble and worthy concepts, such as true love, human and social pains and concerns, etc. are considered among the "valuable" issues according to Zamani and he believes that speaking about these themes and concepts also forms part of the mission of art. He knows his music as a promoter for the ideology and values of Islam and Islamic revolution and considers a wide range of audiences for his works beyond Iran's geographical borders and in this regard, through making the songs (which some of them have been sung in Arabic), such as "Zibaei-ye Eshgh" ("Love's Beauty"), "Makr-e Sheytan" ("Satan's Wile"), "Qods", "Hamase-ye Bitab" ("Keen Epic"), etc. with important themes which the Islamic world is affected by, and today's religious and political issues in these countries like Hijab, fighting against the Arrogance, Palestine issue, Islamic Awakening, etc., he has tried to extend the range of his audiences and convey his intended valuable messages to many more around the world, especially in the Arab World and Islamic countries, as well as all the oppressed people in the world. He also intends to perform songs in English in the future and thereby, to further expand the range of the audiences of his global message and to communicate with different groups of people around the world through his art.