Here is a link to a Voice Of America feature of NY’s street musicians Busking in New York- Part 2 which is in Farsi.
The director is Melody Safavi (Abjeez). She features and interviews a brass band, a piano player, an official of the NY Subway, a group of subway break dancers, a violinist,…and Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (leader of the band SoSaLa).
Melody’s coverage proved that NY’s street musicians are hard working people and are not “just” entertainers or “artists”, but WORKERS!
In this film report Sohrab is featured not just as a musician (he’s shown playing on his tenor saxophone in a tunnel), but also as a music activist who speaks about musicians’ rights.
In Farsi he explains and describes that musicians are not different from other workers. They work like anybody else and should be respected for “their work” and get paid fairly like any qualified worker.
He also explains why he calls himself an activist.
Due to this feature which went on air Saturday, September 20, 2014, Sohrab has received some positive responses from Iran.
Tonight I have a radio interview with Doc George Manning at WEAA 88.9 FM (Baltimore), from 9pm on. Here is the link to “the listen now on podcast”: http://www.weaa.org/listennowpodcast.
Besides of speaking of the SoSaLa tour in Baltimore and DC which starts on Thursday, of course I’m going to speak about my Enough Is Enough NY campaign. The campaign song “Enough is ENOUGH NY” will be on air for the first time…premier!!! I will also try to talk about about the new developments of the SoSaLa project, Iranian jazz and about my side projects. Enjoy!
We sat down for a very informative and urgent conversation with a member of Astor House in Roger’s Park related to fair housing and a pending eviction; an eviction that falls like a guillotine just in time for the holidays. This was happening just a couple of hours before a planned vigil in support of the rights neglected residents to stay in their neglected homes during the holidays.
Then, we moved on to some brilliant jazz saxophone, performed by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi. Sohrab took us through his development and travels into the realms of Kendo, and on to his obsession with the power of music and the saxophone. We learned about his multi-faceted heritage, and how that heritage, combined with his experiences abroad, lead him to become a strong advocate for musicians rights.
I the last third of the show, Joe Fedorko of Democracy Burlesque took a break from a crammed schedule of recording for their upcoming Christmas show, “Frack The Halls,” to join us for a beer. He guided us into another level of conversation around satire, art’s roll in society, and how artists get by.