Known for collaborating with U.S. stars like Snoop Dogg and T-Pain, Iranian-British recording artist Mams Taylor turned his focus towards his motherland this week in response to the popular movement for political freedom in Iran. His song “United For Neda” brings together Iran’s most elite entertainers, poets, thinkers, actors and singers in one harmonious voice pleading for freedom, featuring three of Iran’s most iconic singers Dariush, Satar, Morteza, and Shoreh Aghdashloo, the Oscar nominated actress from House of Sand and Fog, in addition to other notable rappers and poets.
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“United For Neda” was written and produced by Taylor who also performs on the song. Taylor and Iranian actor Shila Vosough have produced a video for the song, recorded entirely on cell phones to pay homage to the protestors in Iran who have been reporting back the dire events taking place in the streets of the country’s largest cities. The video was filmed in part during a protest in Los Angeles last weekend, where Taylor spoke.
Neda was a young woman who was fatally shot by Iranian shock troops called the Basiji on June 21. After seeing the extremely disturbing and graphic video of Neda’s death on Facebook, Taylor was moved to respond in the way he knows best-- through music. He’s since spoken in front of 20,000 protesters at the Iranian-American rally in Los Angeles. His statement about the situation in Tehran has appeared on AOL’s music news page and in the NY Post.
Additional artists featured on the song and video include Vosough, singer Sussan Deyhim, actor and poet Parviz Sayyad, Kamy R, the singer from Black Cats, Iran’s most popular singing group, rappers Kamyar & Payam Jaffari and The Kid.
Taylor’s album PERSONA NON GRATA, featuring T-Pain, Robbie Williams, Dave Navarro and others drops this fall. “Girl Gotta Girlfriend” with Snoop was just added to MTV Jams. It’s on regular rotation on scores of rhythmic radio stations across the U.S., and his online presence in hip-hop’s most influential websites has been massive. Listen to “United for Neda” at mamstaylor.com. Find him on Facebook, iTunes, Myspace, Youtube and Twitter.