5 Jul 2007, 11:05pm


RIP Mahasti


Iranian singer Mahasti died just a little over a week ago, on June 25.

Though her songs don’t have the same cheerful pop vibe Googoosh personifies, Mahasti’s place among the doyennes of 1970s Iranian music is well-deserved, alongside her (arguably more famous) older sister, Hayedeh, who died in 1990. Here’s Mahasti, singing “Vay Delam Tangeh” (roughly translated, that means “My heart aches”):

And here’s a clip of her appearing on Fereydoun Farrokhzad’s variety show in the 1970s (which is a post unto itself). She’s wearing a fantastic white dress and sporting a perfect coif and her trademark red lipstick:

Mahasti was distinctive for her plaintive voice and sad songs – though interestingly, and maybe it’s telling, she always smiled when she sang. Rest in peace, Mahasti.

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Did she really worth to write about?

She’s a familiar voice to lots of people and she had a 40-year music career, plus she was a relic of our parents’ generation that lots of younger people have heard but don’t know much about so… why wouldn’t she be worth writing about?

Totally worth writing about. I loved watching the clips and am sending this page link on to my friends. Thanks Sepideh.

A magic voice that one can here rare. It touches the millions of hearts indeed… Let’s remember her Golhaye rangarangs… They are fantastic. I’m very fond of her songs… Let rests her in peace!..

for my mony Mahasti and her sister Hayedeh were greatest women singers in Iran , when my heart aches I litsen to their songs.


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