Persian New Year, or Norooz, occurs every spring equinox and dates back 3,000 years. In celebration of this tradition, DJ Darek Mazzone shares songs from the Iranian diaspora, encompassing everything from hip-hop to ambient to folk music. Melding the rich history of ancient Persian culture with future-minded soundscapes, artists such as Liraz, Bomrani, Niyaz and Mohsen Namjoo contribute to this mix.
1. Niyaz - Sabza Ba Naz (The Triumph of Love)
2. Salome MC - Odium
3. Liraz - Zan Bezan
4. Mohsen Namjoo - E’terafat E 45 Zarbi
5. The B-Band - Kavire Del
6. Kayhan Kalhor - I Will Not Stand Alone
7. Bahram - گوشت (Goosht)
8. Bomrani - Leaving and Passing By (feat. Mahyar Tahmasebi)
9. SarrSew - Farewell, Warden.
10. Salome MC - Riddle

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Darek Mazzone is the host of Wo'Pop on KEXP, every Tuesday from 6-9pm on or 90.3 FM in Seattle.

Listen to Darek discuss his choice to play Iranian music in times of political turmoil in this episode of KEXP's Sound & Vision.

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