Bridging Culture and History, Farzad Mehdi Nia is Ready to Redefine Hawraman Music

Commercial success seems to be all that matters in the fast-paced music industry. However, in a world full of commercialized pop songs, each trying to outpace the next, there’s a space for artists who wish to redefine genres in ways never before heard or seen. These spirited individuals dedicate their time and talent to producing some of the most profound, ethereal music in recent history. Farzad Mehdi Nia bridges these two together to create a one-of-a-kind sonic experience.

Born in 1987 in Zhivar, Iran, Farzad Mehdi Nia is a Kurdish world musical artist, singer, and songwriter. He started divulging into music and songwriting in 2011. He started his professional career in music in 2013, having participated in national competitions before that, and even being featured in primetime television spots, some of which he would take home outstanding awards. Opportunities would grow for the aspiring musician as he experienced a new height in popularity after a fantastic performance in the competition program Kurd Idol 2017, shocking and inspiring viewers with his talent and understanding of traditional Kurdish music. Representing a decidedly unique genre, his role in the show would prove to be a public and national success, quickly garnering the support of viewers and votes by the semi-final round of the show. He would successfully achieve the runner-up award by the end of the production.

He has his own personal, professional website launched in 2018 that is home to recordings and documentation of his eclectic music career, showcasing a talent for inspired musicality that transcends art and human interaction as well as the spirit of the Kurdish-Hawraman genre.

Aside from his musical career, Farzad Mehdi Nia is an ardent supporter of community-led, grassroots projects. His philanthropic works include literary excursions to deprived communities and districts in Kurdistan, teaching the Hawrami language. His passion for the preservation of literary works and anthropological history is awe-inspiring, and his dedication to the cause is deeply felt by his community and fans. His compassionate spirit moves through both his music and his works of service. Commendable and upright, Farzad Mehdi Nia does not simply recreate music from historical anecdotes but reinvigorates them into relevancy and, in return, highlights its importance within and outside the cultural landscape to be known and appreciated across the globe. 

He has released two albums. The first, Hawaroo Sani, was released in 2021 with musical arrangement work done by Rebaz Sadeq, and his sophomore album, Hawaroo Yara, was released in 2022 and was a collaborative arrangement by several musicians from the cities of Mahabad and Sanandaj: Kawa Faqih Zachery the Dirigent of Mahabad orchestra, Xalil Abdulla, Kasra Kawa, Fazel Nick Raftar, Poria Warziri and some help by Adnan Karim. The artist has a third and fourth album in the works.

His transformative music is a pioneering force in the growing international music scene. Now living in Sweden, he continues his work as a musician, composer and ambassador for traditional Kurdish-Hawraman music for Kurds across Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and everywhere else in the world.

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