Interview by Sima Bina

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Published on 25 Oct 2014
Sima Bina (born 1944 in Birjand, Iran) is notable Persian classical musician and Iran's researcher, composer, singer and song-writer of Iranian folk music. She is currently living in Cologne, Germany. Began to learn music when she was nine under the direction of her father Ahmad Bina (Tafreshi) an Iranian Classical musician and poet, After graduating from Tehran University in 1969 with a major in Arts, Sima Bina continued and completed her studies with master Abdollah Davami. Her main focus is Iranian folk music. Bina has been able to gather and revive a collection of almost forgotten Iranian folk songs and melodies. A captivating vocalist, Sima Bina is one of the leading exponents of the traditional music of Khorasan. For decades she has done extensive research on Persian folk songs, collecting, recording, writing and re-interpreting popular regional music. Her works cover the whole spectrum of Iranian folk music including Mazandarani music, Kurdish music, Turkmen music, Baloch music, Lor music.

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