Swedish-Iranian performance artist and musician Nadya has unveiled the new music video for her first track, "Refugee".
Nadya reportedly travelled to Iran alone to record the clip, which is something that's forbidden, and was subsequently picked up by the police on her return. The only reason the footage is here to be shown today is because she'd smuggled out the memory card, containing the video, inside her underwear.
Hailing from Jönköping, Nadya - birth name Nadia Kardar Tehran - had always displayed an artistic streak. According to her bio, "at the age of five, she arose as an artistic and rebellious individual with a distinctive passion for musical expressions. With background in a Christian middle class society, her teenage years were characterized by misadaptation and the sense of not belonging, which lay the essential foundation for her futural music creation. As a singer and front figure as well in unpolished punk bands as within electronic hip hop with Middle East influenced sound, she got the opportunity to leave room for her esthetic creativity and intuitively driven musicianship. With an extensive genre range, she is currently upcoming with her solo project Nadya, which has grown from an eccentric stage-inclination, propulsive engagement and not to mention the free will to act along the exclamation of her heart."
"Refugee" is a confrontational synth-punk-cum-noise-rap scuzzball with politics, abrasion and aggression by the tonne. It's as infectious as it is fascinating.
More information about Nadya and her project can be found here.