Salome MC

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Salome MC
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Background information
Origin Iran
Genres Hip hop, fusion, multimedia art
Occupation(s) Musician, multimedia artist
Years active 2002–present

Salome MC (Persian: سالومه, born 1985), is a female rap and multimedia artist from Iran.[1] She is known for being Iran's first female rap artist,[2] and today, she is one of the few.[3] She has been recognized as one of the top non-English-speaking hip-hop artists by MTV[4] and Time magazine,[5] and her artwork has been featured in various platforms including the Venice Biennale exhibition.[6]



Salome MC

Salome started her music career by collaborating with Hichkas, one of the currently prominent Iranian rappers, in 2002.[7] With German-Iranian rapper Shirali, she released the collaboration album Delirium in 2006, and, in 2009, a mixtape called Paranoid Descent,[8] which put her in the list of finalists for the Freedom to Create Prize in 2010.[9] In 2013, she released I Officially Exist, the first hip-hop album by a female Iranian hip-hop artist,[10] and its first music video, "Price of Freedom", was crowdfunded to be produced by Sahar Sarshar.[11]

In 2015, she collaborated with Japanese rap artist Shing02 for a worldwide recording project called 1+1,[12] and the resulting documentary, Passenger, was released in March 2016.[13] She was also one of the participants in the remake project of Fela Kuti's album, Zombie, featuring Seun Kuti.[14]

In the same year,[clarification needed] she announced her self-produced upcoming album Melancious (ناخوشاگاه) and debuted the first song "Odium" (رسوا) at the Music Freedom Day festival 2016 in Norway.[15] The music video for "Odium" was released in October 2016.[16]

Sound and Video Art[edit]

Salome MC started working as a sound and video artist while getting her master's degree in audio/visual arts in Japan. Her work has been screened and exhibited in various festivals around the world, including Swatch's "Faces" exhibit at the 2015 Venice Biennale with her music video "Vacuum" featuring artist and musician Don Porcella.[17] Her video Concealment[clarification needed] was one of the selected shorts to be screened at the Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles, and her experimental documentary Three Rituals of Perdurance was among the chosen shorts at the Currents New Media Festival 2015 in Santa Fe.[18]




  1. ^ "Entertainment | Iran's underground music challenge". BBC News. 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  2. ^ Chopra, Anuj (2008-03-12). "Iranian Rap Music Bedevils the Authorities | World News". US News. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  3. ^ Khaleeli, Homa (2011-05-10). "Salome: straight outta Tehran". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ "15 RAPPERS WHO KILL IT IN OTHER LANGUAGES". MTV. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  5. ^ "World Rappers You Should Meet". Time Magazine. 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Venice Biennale". 
  7. ^ "Al-manitor". 
  8. ^ Khaleeli, Homa (2011-05-10). "Salome: straight outta Tehran". The Guardian. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "PRI". 
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  14. ^ "Freemuse". 
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  17. ^ "Venice Biennale". 
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