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Education  University of Guilan
Name  Shahin Najafi

Years active  2000–present
Instruments  vocal, guitar
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Born  10 September 1980 (age 35) Bandar-e Anzali, Gilan, Iran (1980-09-10)
Origin  Bandar-e Anzali, Gilan, Iran
Genres  , Rock, Rap metal, Rap Rock, Alternative music
Labels  Tapesh 2012 (2006–2008), Pamas-Verlag (2008–2009), Sharr Music (2010–present)
Role  Musician ·
Albums  Sade, Tramadol, We Are Not Men, Hich Hich Hich, Illusion

Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter
Music group  Antikarisma (Since 2010)

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Shahin Najafi (Persian: شاهین نجفی) (born in 1980 in Bandar-e Anzali, Gilan, Iran) is an Iranian musician, singer and songwriter currently residing in Germany.


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Shahin's songs mostly deal with issues such as theocracy, poverty, sexism, censorship, child labor, execution, drug addiction and homophobia. In interviews, he has stated that he strives to use poetic, literary, philosophical and political elements in his music.

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Early life

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Shahin Najafi was born in 1980 in Bandar-e Anzali, Iran. When he was six years old his father died and later his brother became a drug addict and also died. He began writing poetry as a teenager and began learning the guitar in the classical and flamenco styles at the age of eighteen. He then became an underground artist in Iran, performing in both rock and Spanish music styles, working with various bands.

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He studied sociology at the University of Gilan and openly expressed his opinions about the university, leading to him getting expelled.

Immigration to Germany

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He was head of an underground music band in Iran before his immigration to Germany, but he was banned for his offenses towards the Islamic faith in Iran by the Iranian government after his second music show. He was also the head of Inan music band in Germany. Then he joined the Tapesh 2012 music band. Tapesh 2012 were welcomed by Persian broadcasters and the international media by political and social songs and poems of Shahin Najafi.

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An article published in No. 19194 of conservative newspaper Kayhan on 29 September 2008, criticized the Tapesh 2012's activities. Kayhan published the article titled Establishing democracy with drum & circle. A part of it is as follows:

Recently, opponents of the Islamic Republic of Iran continue their goals in universities and in the form of vulgar music groups to overthrow the Iranian government. Recently some blogs of opposition students with Marxist tendency have published a statement about «Tapesh 2012» which gives news Establishing One Million Signatures by «Tapesh 2012». This group is vulgar and is composed of some iranian and german that are not affiliated with any party or group. The purpose of this group is attempting to collect signatures and present it on the anniversary of Human rights (10 December) to Parliament of Europe in Brussels. They try to have attracted world media attention to inappropriate conditions in Iran and dissatisfaction of Iranian people. The Parliament of Europe announced the official support for the group plans. But this group is the deceiver in our view. They use vulgar songs and create sexual attraction to attract students to oppose the regime.

Release of first studio album

On 1 May 2008, Shahin Najafi released his first studio album, Ma mard nistim (We Are Not Men), with partnership and composition of Tapesh 2012 music band. This album was his official and professional beginning in Persian hip hop music. The album attracted the audience and listener more than any album before it was released in Persian hip hop style.

Separation from Tapesh 2012

Shahin Najafi ended cooperation with the Tapesh 2012 music band from the beginning of 2009. Variety of reasons has been proposed related to his separation from this group. The main reason is releasing "Around us" single song in Voice of America TV without permission. The supervisor of Tapesh 2012 later apologised to Shahin Najafi and stated: the song has been inadvertently released in Voice of America TV. Shahin Najafi accepted the apology.

Reaction to the 2009 Iranian presidential election

After the Iranian election protests, Shahin Najafi released a single named Neda in July 2009 dedicated to Neda Agha-Soltan, an activist killed during the protests. He released his second studio album titled Tavahhom (Illusion) on 19 September 2009 by German-Iranian publishing house "Pamas-Verlag". In this album, several songs are about the intense protests against the Iranian government and the political oppression that occurred after the presidential election. Can be cited to "Vaghti khoda khabe (When God is sleeping)" through these songs. The song's lyrics protest the 2009 Iran poll protests trial, militia violence, the use of torture on prisoners and the Supreme Leader of Iran.

Formation of Antikarisma

He formed a new rock band as Antikarisma band in January 2010. The new band, Antikarisma, consists of Shahin Najafi, Babak Khazaei, Armin Mostaed, and Pejman Afshari who live in Germany.

Fatwas and death threats

Following release of the song "Ay Naghi!" ("Hey, Naghi!"), Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani, a 94-year-old Shi’ite cleric based in Qom, issued a fatwa death sentence against Najafi for apostasy. Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi, a "source of emulation" for many Shia Muslims, also issued a fatwa declaring Najafi guilty of apostasy. As of 15 May 2012, more than 800 people in Iran had joined a Facebook campaign calling for Najafi to be executed, saying they were ready to assassinate Najafi if necessary. An Iranian web site,, offered a US$100,000 bounty to anyone who killed Najafi.

In May 2012, the online site posted an online "Shoot the Apostates" flash computer game inviting people to shoot and kill Najafi. “Those who love Imam Hadi can practice killing Shahin Najafi by playing this flash game,” said Honar Nab Eslam, who developed the game.

On 25 May 2012, Shiite cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda demanded a plan to execute Najafi.

In June 2012, forty authors of the Rah-e Nikan religious publishing house promised to give royalties from their books to whoever killed Najafi.

The song has drawn sharp anger from protesters who believe it is offensive towards Imam Naghi, the tenth Imam in Shi’ite Islam. In an interview Najafi stated that he was inspired by "The Campaign to Remind Shiites about Imam Naghi" to compose the song. The campaign is a Facebook page that pokes fun at Islamic, and specifically Shi'ite hadiths, with members creating fake, funny hadiths and stories centered around a fictional character named Naghi, who is based on Imam Naghi.

2012 US tour

Najafi started a United States tour in 2012, starting with a talk on 30 September, and later a concert on 16 November at University of California, Berkeley, events sponsored by Iranian Student Alliance in United States of America. He continued the tour in UC San Diego on 18 November.

Political and social activities

In addition to individual work in his concerts and campaign songs, Shahin Najafi had many performances on various political and social occasions. In October 2008, he had a music show on "Peace Conference" in Germany. In August 2009, with some poets and writers in shows of ""Night of solidarity with the liberal struggle"" Najafi had a protest rock show in Stockholm, Sweden. In December 2009, coincided with "Student Day" in Iran, Najafi with Ziba Shirazi had a protest music show in Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


  • Ma Mard Nistim (With Tapesh 2012 Group) (2008) (We Are Not Man)
  • Illusion (2009)
  • Sale Khoon (2010) (The Year of Blood)
  • Hich Hich Hich (2012) (Nothing Nothing Nothing)
  • Tramadol (2013)
  • 1414 (EP) (2014)
  • Sade (2015)
  • Radikal (2017) (Radicalism)
  • References

    Shahin Najafi Wikipedia