Sentencia de muerte contra el rapero Shahin Najafi
Domingo, 13 de Mayo de 2012
Despues de exiliarse, el rapero y guitarrista de rock Shahin Najafi, publicó una controvertida canción, lo que le ha costado una "Fatwa" o sentencia de muerte contra él emitida por el ayatolá Golpayegani.
The song ‘Naghi’ is believed to be offensive to Imam Naqi, the tenth Imam in Shia Islam.
The news website Asr Iran, which is closely tied to the regime in Tehran, launched an online campaign calling for the hanging of 31-year-old Shahin Najafi. The website stated that the aim of the campaign was to have Najafi condemned for blasphemy, a crime that carries the death penalty in Iran.
The campaign organisers called on all Shi’ites and Muslims in general to find and kill Najafi and “send him to hell,” according to the website.
This happened after a Shia cleric based in the Iranian city of Qom, Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, issued a death sentence against Shahin Najafi for apostasy, the Persian-language Al Arabiya website reported on 9 May 2012. Al Arabiya dubbed Najafi as “Salman Rushdie of music”.
The ‘Iranian Eminem’
Under pressure from the Iranian government to remove the political messages from his music, Shahin Najafi immigrated to Germany in 2005, and began performing with music groups such as Tapesh-2012 - a team of young artists and producers from Iran, Germany and Great Britain who advocate for democracy, peace and human rights in Iran through cultural activities such as concerts and videos. The producers of Tapesh-2012 work with a number of different singers and rappers to produce and perform politically motivated songs in the Persian language.
Shahin Najafi formed a new rock band, Antikarisma, in January 2010. It consists of four Iranian based in Germany. He has also worked with music groups such as Rapknot Group and Ghogha.
Before 2005, when he was based in Iran, Shahin Najafi worked as an underground artist, and was banned by the authorities from performing in the country. In Iran, his songs and albums are either bought on the black market or downloaded from the Internet. His songs mostly deal with issues such as theocracy, poverty, sexism, censorship, child labour, execution and drug addiction. Many regard him as the ‘Iranian Eminem’. Especially because of his anti-Islamic texts, Shahin Najafi has long been on the top of the dissident blacklist in Iran.