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O-HUM

Produced in 1999 in Tehran, O-HUM is among the alternative rock rings in Iran. The name of the music group originates from an Arabic phrase signifying ‘illusions’. O-HUM generally uses poems of Hafez, a normal Iranian poet who resided in 8th hundred years A.H., and in addition adds components of Iranian (Persian) music into its rock and roll sound. Because of this, O-HUM spent some time working with couple of visitor Iranian traditional music device players so far. O-HUM was began as Shahram Sharbaf (vocals, electric guitar), Shahrokh Izadkhah (acoustic guitar) and Babak Riahipour (Bass) in 1999. At the start they was simply likely to record some demonstration tracks in Shahram Sharbaf’s house studio but following the leakage from the 1st single known as “Darvish”, the music group started to obtain gives by record businesses. Band’s 1st recording Nahal-e Heyrat (The Sapling of Question) by its preliminary lineup was documented in summer season of 1999. O-HUM released its own site and began to make the tracks of Nahal-e Heyrat designed for download free of charge in 2001 once they could not flourish in obtaining a posting permit from Iranian Ministry of Tradition and Islamic Assistance. “The rejection was nothing in connection with the lyrics given that they had been from Hafez that has constantly got great respect among all Iranians like the Ministry–the issue was about the design”, Sharbaf stated. However, people began to download the tracks and the web site let O-HUM look for a big group of fans on the web. First live show of the music group is at Russian Orthodox Chapel in Tehran in 2001. Sharbaf and Riahipour also collaborated with Farman Fahtalian in his initial open-air live show in Niavaran Palace in Tehran. Up coming effort from the music group was in Feb 2002 known as Hafez in Like which contains two singles. The singles had been documented in Tehran at Bam studios. Later on in 2003, Babak Riahipour and Shahrokh Izadkhah made a decision to keep the music group. In 2003 and 2004 Sharbaf constructed a live music group and acquired some performances internal of Lifestyle in Berlin, Fabrik in Hamburg and Rostock aswell in Germany. In 2005 Izadkhah returned and the music group reached his last lineup: Sharbaf (vocals and electric guitar), Izadkhah (electric guitar), Kasra Saboktakin (bass) and Kasra Ebrahimi (drums). Using its last lineup, O-HUM along with visitor Iranian traditional music artists documented its third record Aloodeh (Stained) in cooperation with Bamahang Productions–which is normally a Canada-based firm. Aloodeh comes in on-line music shops. O-HUM mixes components of Iranian (Persian) traditional books aswell as folklore music with rock and roll sound resulting in some kind of assimilative music. This blended music combined with the highlight Sharbaf uses for vocals, makes music the music group plays particular to O-HUM–a sounding some critics make reference to as Persian rock and roll.

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