Today could, and should, have been a celebration of Fereydoun Farrokhzad’s 74th birthday, but instead marks a day in memory of the legendary Iranian singer, actor and poet. Fereydoun, a true lover of ‘Arts and Beauty’, hosted TV and radio programs and openly engaged in the political scene.
Born on 7 October 1938 in Tehran, Fereydoun was, from an early age, passionate about singing and writing poetry. In 1962 he was published in two German newspapers and two years later, in 1964, he released his first poetry collection “Fasleh Deegar” (Another Season).
Fereydoun completed a PhD in political science in Germany and hosted radio and TV shows both in Germany and Iran. In Iran he held the popular live show “Mikhak-E-Noghrei” (Silver Carnation Show), which was widely seen by Iranians. Fereydoun was known for being outspoken, and passionately believed in each and every word he uttered. He stirred controversy, heated debate and awoke emotions among many people, but was, at the same time, immensely popular with the masses.
His outspokenness, along with his patriotism, would, however, cause him problems as he openly criticized the Islamic Republic. He engaged in demonstrations and was imprisoned after the 1979 revolution, but later released. He was put on the top of the Blacklist of the Islamic Republic’s death squads and consequently, on 9 August 1992, Fereydoun was killed, stabbed to death and beheaded, allegedly by three Islamic Republic agents in his home in Bohn, Germany.
Despite the years that have passed, to this day, Fereydoun is seen as one of Iran’s best entertainers and his tunes live on. Therefore, for Fereydoun, and his Iranian comrades, today, we play Shahre Man (My City) because his voice has not yet been silenced.