Sevdaliza aspires to “greatness” and is also a great artist. The Iranian pop singer from Rotterdam is an impressive and awe-inspiring figure, a broad and impossibly beautiful face, flanked by two locks of neatly styled hair. She arrived from Iran as a refugee at the age of 15, has cared for herself since the age of 15, was a professional basketball player and has gained international recognition through alternative electro-pop music. dark and hardcore videos. So a special guest in the summer. However, Sevdaliza has a downside: she can’t tell. it does This show summer guests A very long evening.
The artist expresses himself effortlessly, in abstractions and generalities (“there are a lot of dynamics”), regularly choosing the wrong words. For example, she said that she had long acted out of “revenge”. Interesting, what do you think: Say, goddess of vengeance, say. Unfortunately, she only meant “decency”.
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Fortunately, Sevdaliza has good eyes and great taste: she has shown pictures of a magnificent beauty that are rarely seen on television. Like fragments of a five hour demonstration film base river (Matthew Barney, 2014) and installation video look at the sea (Sophie Calle, 2019) Where we see the face of a Turk who saw the sea for the first time. Oddly enough, the singer’s choice contained more film and visual art than music. We saw beautiful improvisations from American singer Bobby McFerrin and Cameroonian jazz pianist Richard Bona. As for the sound, look at the sea Also touching: minutes of silence.
Soul and salvation
Unfortunately it floats summer guests More on selected image parts. It’s mostly a really long interview in which a wise or educated person tells something in an argument we didn’t know before, or where a celebrity puts their soul and happiness on the table. Sevdaliza had no new visions to offer, nor did he offer soul and salvation. The spectator had to distill the self-portrait himself.
Most revealing is the fragment in which tennis star Serena Williams smashed a racket during the US Open, calling the referee a “liar” and “thief,” and in part because of this loss of points. penalty. Sevdaliza equaled the American tennis champion who overcame a lot of opposition. As a woman you don’t take seriously, you’ve been tested and you have to scream out loud to do something. “I don’t think it’s possible for a woman to be so sweet and kind.” Reason for her to do as much as possible on herself, to defend herself and to work hard.
We learned that the singer traveled the world for years, becoming emotionally numb from the hard work. That’s what she called it lost in translation-interval. “I never felt at home anywhere,” she said. Thanks to Corona, it’s over. I feel so much better now thanks to the comfort, the love and the pregnancy. After part of the Korean film the maid (Park Chan Wook 2016) said, “Women should never be satisfied. They are still starving.
compose and transmit
Sevdaliza said she has also been exploring her Iranian roots in recent times and has come to terms with this culture a lot. She showed dervishes – Sufi clerics who cycle to a higher position – and said they made up better when she moved. Oddly, that doesn’t give a more realistic example: in 2016, she recorded the song ‘Bebin’ in Persian, to protest President Trump’s decision to close the borders to Iranians, among other things.
In this way, the viewer continued to yearn for real-life examples and stories of their undoubtedly wonderful life throughout the evening. She praised the Indo-American investor Naval Ravikant, who partly explained the meaning of life. What eloquence, thinks Sevdaliza. And indeed: Ravikant is clear, cowardly and very tangible. Do. If you want to know why Sevdaliza stands out, you should spend three hours listening to music and videos.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC Handelsblad on August 9, 2021