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Great Ballers of Music – Mohammad Reza Shajarian

Kayhan Kalhor, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Homayun Shajarian, Hossein Alizadeh: the Masters of Persian Music. From a concert in London in 2005 that I attended

The Living Legend.

The Unsurpassable.

The single greatest living singer, and possibly greatest singer in history.

We Ball Harder is not all about catchy, dancey pop music or the masterworks of Jamaica. Today we honor possibly the greatest singer in human history, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, of Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran. His voice is the most expressive I’ve ever heard, both on record and in concert.  His complete mastery of the vocal form of Persian classical music (radif) is second to none, but beyond the technical and artistic achievements is the intangible quality of his singing, which touches the depths of the soul. His longtime collaborator Hossein Alizadeh has stated that voice, rhythm, and melodic instrumentation are of equal weight in Persian classical music, but there is no mistaking that when Shajarian is in town, concertgoers want to see HIM foremost, despite how good his accompaniment may be.

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