Back from an incredible recording session in Rio de Janeiro, Afghan-American rocker and peace activist Fereshta is determined to show the beauty that can be made when three great cultures collide. Produced by Grammy Award winner Alan Sanderson, the record combines Fereshta's love for American rock n' roll with her exotic Afghan heritage and takes it all south to capture the finest Brazilian musicians in their authentic grooves.
Born in war-torn Afghanistan, Fereshta's parents fled persecution with a baby Fereshta in their arms, and hope and determination in their hearts. They journeyed to Pakistan in hopes of one day reaching America. Sponsored by a Baptist church in New York, Fereshta and her family began a new life in Virginia, where she soon found healing and inspiration in rock n' roll. "I was moved deeply by the level of passion and self-expression so beautifully embodied by the genre."
A natural poet, she began to combine her words with the music she loves so much. Her lyrics speak to the human experience, to the emotions we all have and the journey we all share, with a message of compassion and unity. "I believe music in its greatest form and expression is the voice of humanity. It can powerfully move our hearts and heal us." Currently working on a tour slated for the spring, Fereshta aims to heal the divide between her two beloved nations.
Combining her deep love of music with her passion for sacred activism, Fereshta aims to support her homelands through peaceful dialogue and benefit shows.
"I have a profound view straddling the cultural fence. I want to make a stand for these two incredible nations. They share so many of the same values and carry many of the same hopes and dreams for their lives and the lives of their children. I can see very clearly where the misunderstandings are, and I intend to participate proactively in the unification of our human family."
A portion of the proceeds from her cd sales will benefit girls' education via Half The Sky Movement: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. (http://www.halftheskymovement.org)
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