She wrote the emotional song in Farsi as an ode to her Iranian roots.
Just when we thought we couldn’t love her any more, the talented R&B/future soul pioneer, Sevdaliza, took to social media on Monday to speak out against the actions taken by Donald Trump to invoke a ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, including her native Iran and conveniently excluding any countries with which the President has business ties. The emotional song, ‘Bebin’ is written in Farsi to demonstrate her outspoken pride and love for her heritage, as well as to show solidarity with the Iranian people in a time of incredible injustice.
The description reads: “In protest of the inhumane political climate, I could not rest my head in privilege. I wrote ‘Bebin’ in Farsi, to solidify. I stand strong with love. In this case I choose to avoid mainstream media, because I have no interest in [partaking] in a victimized concept. As I will not be able to travel to the United States for indefinite duration, take this without lights, camera, action. I am solely a messenger. In the brain of love, there is no place for racism nor bigotry.” She offers the track through Bandcamp for three euros; all of the proceeds go towards funds supporting victims of racial exclusion.
Sevdaliza is not alone in her outrage with the current US president’s deplorable actions against millions of people based solely on their faith. Global leaders have stepped forward to speak against this hateful and dangerously discriminatory action. Consequently the rash, irresponsible and altogether unjust decision by President Trump’s administration has also been met by great resistance within the United States, sparking demonstrations in airports across the nation.
While this unprecedented act of hate towards people of the Muslim religion has surely done miles of damage in the day and a half since its enactment, the outpouring of support and acts of resistance from people around the world has proved that ultimately love trumps hate. This track is just one example of a ray of hope in an increasingly uncertain world.
Here are the lyrics to this beautifully vocalized, atmospheric lament:
This feeling Makes you feel grande Yet this feeling Makes me feel small Don’t oblige me what to feel If I don’t feel it at all You ask me how I feel Yet close your eyes To truth be told Behold..