Mavara's own philosophy is that music is a story to expand people's minds, to make us think differently about how we live and what life is about. When I hear some of their songs, I know that we Americans could benefit from listening to these soulful Iranians.
Recently, I got to work on a series about musicians from the Muslim world. We deliberately chose artists whose work was cutting edge, and from diverse backgrounds. I've spliced 'n' diced together a few minutes from each one for this post.
Classically trained musician Fared Shafinury grew up in Corpus Christi, went to college at the University of Texas, and yet somehow always felt too Iranian for South Texas. So the American singer-songwriter moved to Iran.