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Sima Bina

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  • Years Active: 1990s


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The career of Iranian songstress Sima Bina can be divided into two distinct phrases: a child prodigy who hosted her own radio show, Golhayeh Sahraie (Wild Flowers), and a teenager who initially focused on the classical music tradition of her homeland. Forced from the stage by the political crisis that struck Iran in 1979 and the enactment of a law prohibiting women from singing, Bina became a collector of Khorassan and Persian folk songs and began composing her own songs with poet Mohammed Ebrahim Djafari and dotar player Hamid Khezri. Despite her shift in repertoire, Bina continues to project enthusiasm and warmth with her highly emotional vocals. Rootsworld called Bina "a singer of strength and beauty, a trained classical singer who can keep it clean and reach for emotional highs in the simplest of phrases."

The daughter of Ahmad Bina, an Iranian classical music composer and poet, Bina began her career at the age of nine when she joined the cast of a children's program on radio Iran. Although she maintained her involvement with radio until 1979, Bina found time to study classical music with Ma'aroufi and Zarinpanjeh and to attend Teheran University. After graduating with a degree in fine arts in 1969, she continued her musical studies with Davani.


Simā Binā (Persian: سیما بینا‎) (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.

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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.

Since 1993, Sima Bina has been invited to present her collection of Persian folk songs in festivals all over the world, including "97 Världen I Norden" in Norway, and "99 WDR Weltmusik Festival" in Bonn, Germany.

Due to her devotion and dedication to the Iranian folk music, Sima Bina can now see the materialization of thirty years of meticulous work by making her music known worldwide.

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