Oy (album)

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Studio album by Mohsen Namjoo
Released 6 October 2009
Genre Lo-fi, indie, alternative rock, Iranian traditional music
Length 56:21
Label Stradivarius
Producer Fabrica
Mohsen Namjoo chronology
Jabr-e Joghrafiyaei
(2008)Jabr-e Joghrafiyaei2008
Strange Times
(2010)Strange Times2010

Oy is the third studio album by the Iranian singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo after Toranj and Jabr-e Joghrafiyaei. Released on 6 October 2009[1] this was Namjoo's first[2][3] album produced and published outside Iran.[2]

This also was the first collaboration between Namjoo and Golshifteh Farahani in which Golshifteh plays piano and also sings in some parts.[4][5] In addition to drums, piano and accordion other Iranian musical instruments including setar and Tonbak are played within the album.

Two Concerts were held in Italy, one in Venice on September 11 and the other in Milan on October 8 and songs of Oy album were performed with Italian instrumentalists and Golshifteh Farahani playing the piano. Both concerts were free of charge and served as a promotion for the album.[6][7][8]


After leaving Iran and nearly one year living in Vienna he moved to Venice. There he got acquainted with Babak Payami, the art director[9] of film and video section[10][11] in Fabrica institute, a subset of Benetton Group.[12] Both concerts and the album production was accomplished by the Fabrica.

"I got this chance to be acquainted with Mohsen Namjoo, a special artist above all .I think Namjoo both has made many innovations in the Persian music world and in the literature of the music and the poems. "
Babak Payami, bbc.co.uk [2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hammash" - 5:16
  2. "Shams" - 5:51
  3. "Dela Didi" - 7:41
  4. "Qashqai" - 5:55
  5. "Binazir" - 8:00
  6. "Khan Baji" - 7:44
  7. "Cielito Lindo" - 7:36
  8. "Gladiators (Faghih Khoshgele)" - 8:18

Quran sura singing controversy[edit]

In 2006 the Iranian judicial system sentenced Namjoo in absentia to a five-year jail term for allegedly ridiculing the ash-Shams, a surah of the Quran, in his song "Shams". The conviction took place in spite of his formal apology. Later Namjoo claimed that he will perform an orchestral version of this song in Venice.[13][14][15] The song was also released as part of the album.


Mohsen Namjoo's songs has always had many controversies inside Iranian society because of many uncommon and taboo use of Persian vocabulary and also a kind of frank satirical look into the society


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  2. ^ a b c مریم افشنگ بی بی سی فارسی. "BBC فارسی - ايران - "آخ" اولین آلبوم محسن نامجو در خارج از ایران". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ "نخستین آلبوم نامجو در خارج کشور". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ "محسن نامجو". Mohsen-namjo.blogfa.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "BBC فارسی - صدای شما - کنسرت محسن نامجو و گلشیفته فراهانی در ونیز". Bbc.co.uk. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ from Jahanshah Javid. "Mohsen Namjoo". Iranian.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  8. ^ "آخ نامجو در ميلان". Ebtekarnews.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  9. ^ Go to Les yeux ouverts image gallery. "Colors Crosses The Atlantic | Fabrica". Fabrica.it. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ [2] Archived January 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^   (2012-01-26). "غوطه ورشدن در موسیقی ایرانی با آلبوم تازه ای از محسن نامجو | خبرها | فارسی". .voanews.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  12. ^ احمد رافت. "یک فیلمساز ایرانی در راس بخش فیلم گروه صنعتی بنتون". Radiofarda.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  13. ^ موسیقی ما. "با حکم قاضی شعبه 1083 دادگاه عمومی استان تهران؛ : محسن نامجو به 5 سال حبس تعزیری محكوم شد :: موسیقی ما ::". Musicema.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  14. ^ "Iran: Mohsen Namjoo convicted for "unconventional singing"". International Free Press Society. 2009-07-15. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  15. ^ "روزنامه اعتماد87/6/7: شكايت قاري مشهور قرآن از محسن نامجو". Magiran.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  16. ^ "Hassan Zirak - Xan Baci". YouTube. 2009-01-01. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 

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