Mahdyar Aghajani

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Mahdyar Aghajani
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Background information
Birth name Mahdyar Aghajani
Born (1989-01-22) January 22, 1989 (age 26)
Origin Tehran, Iran
Genres Experimental, soundtrack, fusion, hip hop, electronic
Occupation(s) Musician, film composer, record producer
Years active 2005–present

Mahdyar Aghajani (Persian: مهدیار آقاجانی‎; born January 22, 1989) is a musician, record producer and film composer born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He brought up the standard of Iranian underground music, using Persian traditional instruments (such as oud, santoor, daf, tombak, ney, kamancheh and qanoon) in electronic and hip hop music.[1]


In 2006 Hichkas released the first Iranian hip hop album Jangale Asfalt (The Asphalt Jungle). Mahdyar Aghajani, musician and producer of this album, integrated hip hop and Iranian traditional music in a creative way.[2] Mahdyar's production on Jangale Asfalt has nonetheless set a new benchmark in the evolution of rap-e-Fars, with tracks like ‘Vatan Parast’ (‘The Patriot’) serving as the perfect fusion of soaring Middle Eastern harmonies and pounding urban protest music.[3]

After an interview with Nasim-E-Haraz magazine regarding the release of his first main stream album in 2006 with Hichkas, Mahdyar faced pressured from the Iranian government.[4] This was the most influential collaboration between Hichkas and Mahdyar and music they produced together was listened throughout Europe and Iran, so much so the government noticed the artists as a threat to the culture of Iran and had his named listed as a threat; despite use of traditional Iranian instruments and strong nationalistic lyrics.[5][6]

In 2009 Mahdyar composed the original soundtrack for the film No One Knows About Persian Cats. The film criticizes Iranian government policies regarding underground music. No One Knows About Persian Cats success at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival got part of the crew of the film in trouble with Iranian authorities. The pressure resulted in Mahdyar leaving his family behind at the age of 20 and fled to Berlin then to Paris where he currently resides.He is currently busy with the production for couple of albums including hichkas's forthcoming album and his own debut album [7][8]


Feature films[edit]



  • 2011: Weasels and Warcries
  • 2011: New Bloom
  • 2013: Bang

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2009: No One Knows About Persian Cats
  • 2011: The Tour of Duty EP

Production credits[edit]


01. "Moghaddame"
02. "Dide o Del (feat. Reveal, Amin Fooladi and Bidad)"
03. "Ekhtelaf"
04. "Man Vaystadam"
06. "Ghanoon"
07. "Vatan Parast (feat. Reveal and Amin Fooladi)"
08. "Oun Manam"
09. "Bar Paa"
10. "Zendan (featuring Reveal)"
11. "Dide o Del (Remix) (feat. Reveal, Amin Fooladi and Bidad)"


  • Hichkas
"Bunch of Soldiers"Ye Mosht Sarbaz"[9]


  • Bahman Ghobadi – No One Knows About Persian Cats
12. "Jouwani"


  • Hichkas
"Ye Rooze Khoob Miad"
This song has become an instant hit, often blasting from cars on Tehran's busy streets in capital city Tehran.[10]


  • The Tour of Duty EP
01. "Hichkas - Anjām Vazife"
02. "Reveal - 021LDN"
03. "Hichkas - Mā Az Ounāshim"
04. "Fadaei - Vāstā Lāshi"
05. "Quf - Shak (feat. Fadaei)"
  • Quf – Zir o Bam e Zirzamin
01. "Sobhe Masnavi"
02. "Balatar 1"
03. "Tariki"
04. "Hadaf (feat. Bidad)"
05. "I.R.A.N. (feat. 7Khat)"
06. "Hesse Gharib"
07. "Khavar Miane (feat. Lowkey)"
08. "Fazaye Sard"
09. "Marjan (feat. Reveal)"
10. "Miane Ghamhayam (feat. Fadaei)"
11. "Balatar 2"
12. "Shabe Khazan"


  • Hichkas - Young N Foolish (feat. Reveal & Quf & Kool G Rap)
  • Fadaei - Adl EP
01. "Zendegi"
02. "Sarzamine Madari"
03. "Chi Shenidi (Feat. Hichkas)"
04. "Jabe Jadooyi"
05. "80 (Feat. Quf)"
06. "Nemidoonam"


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