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The US tour starts on August 15 at Walt Disney Hall with a new project called "Sarbazan," (The Soldiers)



Besame Mucho" by Homay and the Mastan Group of Iran

Oct 10, '10 4:08 PM

for everyone

In his latest America tour, Homay surprised everyone again not only with his expected beautiful and controversial "Chameh Saraii," but with his audacity and boldness in performing two songs in English and Spanish. 

Although he explained that his main intention was and is to take Persian music beyond its Persian boundaries, by taking it to a broader international audience, some of his Persian audience especially those of the older generation, had some objections to this, as they called it, "unfitted" nontraditional act. 

On the other hand, the younger Persian audience and all non Persian audience loved the songs and all admired Homay's incredible effort in performing these two song, even though some of the words in English and Spanish could not be understood. 

Here is one of the two songs, the famous Spanish song "Besame Mucho," which was written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. 

Homay has also Persianized and adopted the song by adding his own lyrics in Persian, which is not necessarily matching the original Spanish lyrics. 

Perhaps, every famous singer in the world has sung this song from it's early years of conception until now, including Andrea Bucheli. This Persian version has been beautifully arranged by Ali Pajooheshgar, the Barbat (Uod) player. One can clearly see that he is enjoying this song more than anyone else.

And now, here is Homay's version, which, in the opinion of this writer, if not better than some, it is equal to many of the existing versions.

Here is also the original Spanish lyrics and the English translation of the original "Besame Mucho" 

Original lyrics


Bésame, bésame mucho, Como si fuera esta noche la última vez. Bésame, bésame mucho, Que tengo miedo tenerte y perderte después. Quiero tenerte muy cerca, Mirarme en tus ojos, verte junto a mí. Piensa que tal vez mañana Yo ya estaré lejos, muy lejos de tí. Bésame, bésame mucho, Como si fuera esta noche la última vez. Bésame, bésame mucho, Que tengo miedo tenerte y perderte después.

Kiss me, give me many kisses, As if tonight were the last time. Kiss me, give me many kisses, Because I 'm afraid of having you then losing you. I want to have you very close, To see myself in your eyes, to see you next to me. Think that maybe tomorrow I'll be far, far away from you. Kiss me, give me many kisses, As if tonight were the last time. Kiss me, give me many kisses, Because I 'm afraid of having you then losing you.

 I have listened to your "advice" for a lifetime
Now you listen to this advice, from a youth
No dictatator's name will remain in this world
People recite the name of Cyrus with great affection and love,
But you will never remain like that in the memory of the people...

There are thousands of heros like KAVEH buried in this pure land
There are many, many FEREYDOUNS who sacrifed their lives here...
You ! Who live like a King now, remember the ending of "The Shahnameh"
( Book of Kings)
The back of Tyrants will ALWAYS be put to the ground !
(meaning, would be defeated like in a wrestling match that the shoulder or the back of defeated touches the floor mat.)
Stop killing your conscience !
Don't do things that will bring a curse on your head...
The innocent sighs of heartbroken Mothers.
The Wheel of Heaven will surely bring you down in time
Yes, it didn't last from the past,
And it won't stay like this forever...

Perhaps this song by now has become a logo or a theme song for Homay and the Mastan Group. But this version is truly remarkable and exiting as a National Anthem can be. It was performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA on August 16, 2009.
Homay and the Mastan Group will be in the US and Canada for their North American tour of 2010, starting August 15 from Walt Disney Hall again. The Washington DC concert will be on September 19, 2010 at the Music Center at Strathmore again.


2009 information

.On August 16, 2009, Homay brought his operetta , "Moses and The Shepherd,"  at The Walt Disney Hall in LA.  The story has been adapted  from A. M. Bakhtiari's "The Mystery of The Mystics."  Music, Lyrics, and design were all by Homay based on three characters, Moses, The Shepherd, and The Story teller in 16 scenes.
The Music was performed by the Los Angeles philharmonic orchestra mixed with Persian instrument  with Shahrdad Rohani as the conductor.  Homay was the shepherd, Ms. Homa Sarshar was the story teller, and another Persian (pre-revolution) singer, Soli,  played the role of Moses.
This was the first time that an Iranian Opera being performed at one of the biggest concert halls in the world.

The second part of the concert (only at Disney Hall) consisted of  Homay's new love songs that he  performed with L.A. Philharmonic orchestra under the direction of Mr. Rohani.

In all existing versions of the story, it ends when Moses coming down from the mountain to bring God's message to the shepherd that God loves shepherd's prayers in any shape or language but Homay, here, has changed the ending with the shepherd's response to Moses.

I have no fear of Myths, nor Satan
Not of Blasphemy, or Judgment
I have no fear  of (Hell)  fires or despair
Destructions today or tomorrow
Or drinking from the jar of wine

I know you better than you think you know God
And I know God better than I know you

God is removed from everything
He doesn’t even want to BE God

A tool for your purpose , he doesn’t want to be
A mirror of your horror he doesn’t wish to be
I fear Him not
Nor fear my own thoughts

The only fear I have in this world
Is if I trouble a single Soul…

I am not at war with anyone
Nor anyone at war with me

Homay is hoping that one day he can perform this opera in Iran.
Although, this opera has been performed only for L.A., he has received other invitation from other promoters from NY, Washington, London, and Paris to perform it there too.

Homay and the Mastan group, performed  their new program called "What a Muddy  Water" in their grand tour in the US and Canada.

Homay believes it is such a big honor for him to be working with Shardad Rohai.
We hope that the end result will be as great for Homay as it was for Yani


Getting ready for Europe


Homay 2009 n.1


Homayat Music Center at Strathmore, Washington DC July 20, 2008

The moment you put me in the grave drunk, hide a jar of wine under my shroud too.

So I can drink of this wine on my my to "hell"

Then plant grapevine on my grave

So at the moment I meet with other residents of "ell" (DOOZAKHIAN), I would have a jar of wine for them as a gift.

As much as I could not drink of this clear wine on Earth, I can make it up when I am sitting down with "Doozakhian."

Nothing I know except the the tavern, the wine-bearer, the jar of wine

My life is based on "wine" (drinking) and happiness

since I am burning in the fire of 'LOVE" like "HOMAY," 

So I am not afraid of the fire of hell

The moment you put me in the grave drunk, hide a jar of wine under my shroud too.

So I can drink of this wine on my my to "hell"

Then plant grapevine on my grave


Shahrdad Rohani

Shahrdad Rohani(Persian: شهرداد روحانی) is an Iranian composer, violinist/pianist, and conductor.

His style is contemporary (sometimes even New Age), especially when compared with his mentors/inspirations, Anoushiravan Rohani and Javad Maroufi. He is probably most known for arranging and conducting the Yanni Live at the Acropolis concert, an open-air concert with the London Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in the Parthenon, Athens, Greece. This concert was acclaimed by both critics and audience and became the most widely viewed program ever shown on Public Television in United States and is the second best-selling music video of all time.

Having been educated since childhood at very prestigious schools has made him into a grand maestro, winning awards in various countries and composing in varied styles. He studied at the Academy and Conservatories of Music in Vienna, Austria, and received several important scholarships and awards both in Europe and United States. These include the A.K.M Scholarship, Vienna, Austria, and the ASCAP Scholarship, Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Rohani is the music director and conductor of the COTA symphony orchestra in Los Angeles. He has appeared as a guest conductor with a number of prestigious orchestras including, the London Royal Philharmonic concert orchestra, Minnesota Symphony orchestra, Colorado Symphony, San Diego symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic and the American Youth Symphony and others.

In December 1998 Mr. Rohani was commissioned by the government of Thailand and the committee of the 13th Asian Olympic Games to compose and conduct the music for opening ceremonies. The composition became the most popular song of the Asian Games.

Mr. Rohani has recorded several classical CDs with the Slovak Radio Symphony orchestra for Discover/Koch International including the Tchaikovsky Ballet music which received raging reviews by the media including the Intune Magazine in Japan.

In 1999 Mr. Rohani received the Thailand's Pikanes award, the country's most prestigious music award for an outstanding orchestral performance. The award is considered the highest artistic achievement.

Mr. Rohani is especially well known to the world for conducting fil