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Faegheh Atashin (Persian: فائقه آتشین, Azerbaijani: Faiqə Atəşin), born 2 February 1951 in Tehran, Iran, also known by her stage name Googoosh (Persian: گوگوش, Azerbaijani: Ququş), is an Iranian singer and actress of Iranian Azerbaijani origin. She is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of Persian movies from the 1950s to the 1970s. She achieved the pinnacle of her fame and success towards the end of the 1970s. Her overall impact and contributions to Iranian pop made her the most iconic female pop singer in the Persian speaking world. She has recorded songs in multiple languages such as Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish, English,Spanish,Italian & French.
Following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, she is famously known for remaining in Tehran until 2000 and not performing again due to the ban on female singers. Still, her following grew. Younger Iranian people have rediscovered her music via bootleg recordings. Outside of Iran and Azerbaijan, she has a significant following in many other Middle Eastern as well as Central Asian countries, and has even caught the attention of European and African media and press. Recent projects include a new collaboration with singer/songwriter Hassan Shamaizadeh for the track Hayahoo from her 2012 album Ejaz, as well as serving as head judge and head of academy for the popular reality show Googoosh Music Academy which is broadcast on London based satellite channel Manoto 1.
Childhood and career before the Revolution (1953–1979)
According to her website, Googoosh was born Faegheh Atashin on 5 May 1950 in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran, to parents Nasrin and Saber Atashin, who were originally Azerbaijani immigrants from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. She began doing impersonations of some of the singers of the time while being taken on the road with her father. When her father discovered this talent, he put her on stage at the age of three and she was from then on a professional paid performer.
During the 1970s, Googoosh began a meteoric rise to fame and success as she drove the edge of Iranian pop music further and further. Known for her flamboyant outfits and fashion sense, Googoosh wowed her pop culture hungry fans in Iran and abroad with her trademark hairdos and hip-elegant style. Iranian women changed hairdos with Googoosh and she was always one step ahead of them with a new look. Her music ranged from upbeat 1960s and 1970s pop, given an Arabic-tinged edge, to declamatory, emotional ballads dealing with love and loss, which at times edged towards chanson and Édith Piaf territory. She starred in over 25 movies, one of which was to be the most commercially successful Iranian motion picture of all time. Googoosh performed many times for the Royal Family and was a favorite of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's wife and children. She performed at the party given for the 1977 birthday of Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran.
At the time of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Googoosh was in Los Angeles; however, feeling homesick, she decided to return to Iran. After the revolution, Googoosh, like other artists, was forbidden from performing and her material was banned. She would not perform again until Mohammad Khatami's presidency, during which she was allowed to tour outside of the country. In the time she was unable to perform, she kept herself occupied at home by taking care of her house and reading. As she had no intention of leaving Iran, she adapted to her new life.
In 2000 Googoosh sang in public, away from her homeland, for the first time after 21 years of silence. The Googoosh Comeback Tour was a series of concerts starting in July 2000. Having previously left Iran, where women are forbidden to perform, amidst spectacular media attention, she began with a sold out concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on 29 July 2000 and eventually brought the tour to a conclusion in Dubai on 21 and 24 March 2001 on the occasion of the Iranian New Year, Nowruz. Her concert in Dubai was considered a homecoming for her and thousands of Iranians crossed the Persian Gulf to hear her. The two Dubai concerts held special importance: it was the tour finale, and Googoosh was rumored to be planning to return to Iran. Therefore, many people believed it might be their last chance to see her. She later claimed that she felt like singing at home. As seen below, the concerts were aimed at cities with large concentrations of Iranian immigrants.
In 2000, a feature-length documentary called Googoosh: Iran's Daughter was released which chronicled the singer's life and her icon-status while detailing the socio-political turmoil that led to the 1979 Revolution in Iran. Made by Iranian-American filmmaker Farhad Zamani, the documentary began production in 1998 and was made at a time when Googoosh was still forbidden to give interviews.
In January 2009 she ended her work and career with Mehrdad Asemani, citing "creative differences" and in March 2009 began a new work relationship with her current management team. On 21 and 24 March of that year, during the Nowruz holiday, Googoosh performed in Dubai.
Googoosh and other speakers participated in a 22 July 2009 protest at the United Nations which attracted exiles from Iran. There they stood in front of a banner with names of Iranian protestors that they believed were still incarcerated and the names of other protestors, written in red, who had been killed. During this protest, Googosh made a speech stating that she entered politics because of the outcome of the Iranian presidential election, 2009. She said, "I have come here to be the voice for the sad mothers who lost their loved ones in peaceful demonstrations. I have come here to be the just voice of the grass-roots and spontaneous movement among my compatriots and to show my solidarity."
In 2011, she served as head-of-academy and head-judge alongside Hooman Khalatbari and Babak Saidi for the widely popular reality game show/singing competition Googoosh Music Academy which is broadcast on the London-based Iranian satellite channel Manoto 1 and is their most watched program. Googoosh Music Academy lasted three seasons. In December 2010, Googoosh had a very notable concert in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Tens of thousands of Iranians came from Tehran and beyond.
In March 2011, the popstar released a snippet via YouTube of a new song she was working on titled "Bedrood". In April 2011, Googoosh debuted her latest project. The singer launched her own cosmetic collection sold online, aptly titled "Googoosh Cosmetics". In April 2011 she held a legendary concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA as well as a record breaking performance at the same venue on 27 October 2012, as a part of her worldwide "Ejaz" Tour. Also on 26 March 2013 she performed at London's famous Royal Albert Hall for the first time, where other notable Persian vocalists such as Elaheh, Ebi and Marzieh have performed memorable concerts in the past.
In 2012 she released her 6th studio album since her comeback, titled Ejaz. The album consisted of 10 tracks, featuring collaborations with famous Iranian singer/songwriter Hassan Shamaizadeh ("Hayahoo") and three songs wherein she collaborates with her fellow judge Babak Saidi and show host Raha Etemadi from The Googoosh Music Academy ("Nagoo Bedrood" and "Noghteye Payan" and "Hese Mobham"). She also collaborated with Alireza Afkari and Roozbeh Bemani on three songs("E'jaz" and "Baraye Man" and "Behesht"). Another single "Bi Manoto" was a musical rendition of a poem by famous Persian poet Molana (Rumi). The poem came to Googoosh' attention during her years banned from singing at the time of the Iran–Iraq War. She felt inspired by the lyrics and therefore created her own melody and was finally presented with the opportunity to record it as she had always wanted during the production of the album.
In February 2014, she released a video (Music Video of Song "Behesht") in support of the gay, and lesbian, community in Iran, which faces significant challenges in it struggle for equal rights, including the ongoing threat of the death penalty for being convicted of being lesbian, and gay. This made her the first prominent Iranian with a huge following to speak out against homophobia in Iran, the video has sparked discussion about issue affecting Iran's LGBT communities.
On 21 March 2015, Googoosh released her 7th album titled Akse Khosoosi (Private Portrait) including 11 tracks from different songwriters and composers such as Babak Sahraee, Nickan, Babak Amini (Googoosh band leader). The first song of this album is "Che Ziba Bood", which is also the last song that was composed by Varujan.
Currently Googoosh is preparing her new album which has been recorded in Paris. In this album Googoosh has collaborated with Hassan Shamaizadeh, Ardalan Sarfaraz, Raha Etemadi, Reza Rouhani and Nickan and others.The Album is set to release in early 2018
Googoosh tours sporadically, making occasional concert stops all over the globe. While not touring, she spends time on new work projects or with her family.
Awards and performances
1971: first prize and golden record at the Midem trade fair in Cannes for her 7" record (as "Gougoush") featuring two songs in French produced by Barclay Records: "Retour de la Ville" (A-side) and "J'entends Crier Je T'aime" (B-side).
1972: Performed at the Carthage Music Festival
1972: First medal of arts of Tunisia
1973: The best actress for Bita in Iranian Sepas film festival.
1973: Recorded soundtrack (produced by RCA Records) of San Remo Music Festival.
1973: Performed at Cantagiro Music Festival.
2014 : Best Iranian Female Singer (World Music Awards)
2017 : Best Music Video For Do Panjereh (Directed by Yasmin Asha)(Festigious Film Awards March 2017)
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoogooshSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googoosh