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Ep. 145 - Roqe Roundtable feat. Behzad Bolour and Azam Ali, Hamid Saeidi

A feature interview with santoor master and composer, Hamid Saeidi, a Grammy Award winner with his group, Opium Moon. Plus broadcaster Behzad Bolour and recording artist Azam Ali join the Roqe Roundtable to remember the late Abbas Chamanara and his legendary music stores – Beethoven Music in Tehran and Music Box in Los Angeles.

یک مصاحبه اختصاصی با استاد سنتور و آهنگساز ایرانی،  حمید سعیدی،  برنده جایزه گرمی با گروه اپیوم مون. بعلاوه،  مجری با سابقه بهزاد بلور و هنرمند موسیقی اعظم علی به میزگرد رک می‌پیوندند تا یاد و خاطره عباس چمن آرا و فروشگاه موسیقی بتهوون در تهران و موزیک باکس در لس‌آنجلس را گرامی دارند.

Roqe funnies #14 - "The Daaf and the Paaf"

The team grapples with the Persian expressions for “hot” girl and guy…

Episode.7127 (Jul/2020)

A Roqe Moment #73

Mountaineer and Professor Sara Safari on surviving an avalanche while climbing Mt. Everest…

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Episode.69

  • Part 1: Fandom and Context

Part One of a 4-part Roqe Original Series exploring the deep and surprising connection between Iranians and the legendary British rock band, Pink Floyd. This episode is entitled, “Fandom and Context” and features Ali Azimi (London), Dara Daraee (Tehran), Ramin Sadighi (Tehran) and Roya Arab (London).

  • Part 2: Sonics, Class, and Connection

Part Two of a 4-part Roqe Original Series exploring the deep and surprising connection between Iranians and the legendary British rock band, Pink Floyd. This episode is entitled, “Sonics, Class, and Connection” and features Reza Moghaddas (Toronto), Amir Bahari (Tehran), and Sepp Osley (London).

  • Part 3: Drugs, Access, and Melancholy

Part Three of a 4-part Roqe Original Series exploring the deep and surprising connection between Iranians and the legendary British rock band, Pink Floyd. This episode is entitled, “Drugs, Access and Melancholy” and features Arash Sobhani (Stockholm), Siamak Shirazi (Portland), Maral Mohammadi (London), and Ehsan Sadigh (Toronto).

  • Part 4: Storytelling, Classics & Conclusions

Part Four of a 4-part Roqe Original Series exploring the deep and surprising connection between Iranians and the legendary British rock band, Pink Floyd. This episode is entitled, “Storytelling, Classics and Conclusions” and features Loga Ramin Torkian (Los Angeles), Anoush Saboktakin (New York), Sanaz Sotoudeh (Dubai), and Arash Mitooie (Tehran).

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A feature interview with Iranian-Canadian comedian, commentator and host of the podcast, “Unfiltered,” Sahar Golshani. Sahar has become a popular online presence for her funny posts and poignant observations on being Persian in the diaspora.

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A feature interview with award-winning Iranian-British broadcaster, fashion designer, artist and producer, Behzad Bolour – his first ever long-form interview in English. Behzad has been a staple of cultural programming on BBC Persian radio and television for over 30 years.

 
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An ebullient episode including a feature interview with legendary Iranian-American photographer, Firooz Zahedi. Firooz joins Jian from Los Angeles to tell the story of how he went from an Iranian kid born in Tehran in 1949, to a protege of pop art luminary Andy Warhol by the mid-1970s in the USA, and then the personal photographer and close friend of Elizabeth Taylor. Firooz recounts his trip to Iran with Taylor, his eye for photography, his more recent work with everyone from Barbra Streisand to Oprah Winfrey to Angelina Jolie, and his art direction and photography for the famous poster for Pulp Fiction.

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The members of the Roqe On-Air Team reconvene for the launch of a new season with stories about how they spent August. Plus a feature interview with Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi, the first female chairperson of the Afghan Film Organization, and the first and only woman in Afghanistan who has a PhD in cinema and filmmaking. Sahraa joins Jian from Kiev where she has found safe haven after escaping from Kabul two weeks ago with the takeover of the Afghan capital by the Taliban.

 
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❀✿Nowruz 2021 Home Video!✿❀ - Farsi with Subtitles

Dear friends - this month our little independent program hit 1,000,000 cumulative streams across our platforms.

We launched Roqe in April 2020 on a mission to create an audio-visual encyclopedia of Iranian diaspora identity. Since then, our audience has increased exponentially with no marketing budget or network backing. We just had our biggest month ever. We are humbled and thrilled with the growth and we want to thank all of you who have believed in us and supported us this far.

The idea of creating a long-form/in-depth interview program focused on the Iranian diaspora – in English – was considered too ambitious or too niche by some when we first announced it. But there is a global community of people who have demonstrated they are ready for this.

Our analytics show a diverse audience that is growing on every continent. The top countries are Canada, USA, Iran, UK and Australia (in that order). Over 75% of our audience is between the ages of 22-49, and 61% female. And, the listen-through rate on our chief platforms averages over one hour per episode(!).

We are still a new project, and we continue to need support in whatever way anyone can give it – from subscriptions to sponsorships or investors. But we just wanted to announce this milestone and say thank you. As ever, our goal to build the connective-tissue of our Iranian community remains paramount. 🙏🏽
– Jian, Mehrdad and the Roqe Team.

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