Music and politics: Iran, hip hop and anti-militarism
Salome MC grew up in Iran and currently resides in the USA. She is a music producer, composer and multimedia artist. She is also on the advisory board for Iran in the American anti-war organisation Code Pink.
Most famously she is known as having been Iran's first woman to be a hip hop MC and rapper.
Salome joins Solidarity to discuss her journey into hip hop and self-expression, her ambivalence about how the label "political" has been used to describe her music, and why she has retreated from the public eye (and ear) to focusing on producing music with other rappers' voices.
She also explains her steadfast anti-war and anti-sanctions position, rooted in a fundamental trust of the judgement and self-determination of ordinary people in Iran and worldwide, and in a belief that children's lives are precious—without qualification.*