came to Leicester two years ago after leaving his home in
Isfahan, Iran's second largest city. He specialises in traditional
singing rooted in thousands of years of Persian heritage.
As with all musicians in Iran, Hamid learned his craft through
a series of dedicated teachers, starting first with his own
a new life for himself in Leicester meant that Hamid had to
sacrifice his career as a successful performer in his homeland
of Iran. He would appear with an ensemble of musicians playing
traditional Persian instruments.
I came to this music
"My Dad was a professional
singer of traditional Persian songs. He died 11 years ago.
He started to teach me when I was about nine years old. As
I got older I was a student of other traditional Persian singers
like Shazarian and Eftekari. They were very good teachers.
Everyone has a teacher. I learned to sing quarter notes which
are very important for traditional Persian songs, traditional
Persian singing, traditional Person music. They are called
cha cha. Not everyone can sing quarter notes. You need to
have a good, strong throat. Traditional Persian instruments
include a nae which is like a flute, a santor which is like
a hammered dulcimer, tombak which is small drums and a komanche
which is like a spiked fiddle. Traditional Persian music always
has a conductor who writes everything down - harmony, melody,
"In Persian music, the conductor does everything - he
tells us which notes to play and sing. He writes and arranges
everything. Unfortunately I haven't an orchestra in Leicester.
It's just me singing. How can I sing and play? I can't perform
in the traditional way. I also don't have a conductor. I sing
with a folk singer, Sheila Mosley in Leicester. But I hope
one day somebody will come and perform with me."
celebrate their New Year for 13 days ending at Easter. Everything
is closed for the holiday. Everything is spring cleaned. The
celebrations dates from 2,600 years, before the advent of
Islam. There is scripted traditional Persian music dating
from this time. I have chosen a special song for this time
of year, the start of spring. Everything is new, there is
new life, flowers are everywhere."
Contact Sheila on 0775 1888391 or email