Beraghs (Dance!)

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Beraghs (Dance!) from the album Tafrigh is an attempt to fuse two contrasting musical systems. One is Tehran's cafe music or "Kooche-baazari" from the 1950s — considered to be “light music" used mostly in celebrations with a simple structure. The other is the so-called art music or serious music with its harmonic complexity and influence from European classical music. The former is strongly bound to and rooted in the lives of marginalised communities and the latter is usually seen as the reserve of middle and upper classes.

Bamdad Afshar has written this track alongside Aso Kohzadi, and they have used parts of it in the original scores of Leily's Turn TV series and the movie, Dreamless. The music video for this track, which shows parts of Iran's unseen choreography scene, is made by the Pahlavani brothers and has been filmed in various locations, including Tehran’s Grand Baazar and "Namak Lake", a salt lake near Kashan in Isfahan province.

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