Shahin Najafi

When God Sleeps - My life, my country, Iran, my songs and poems

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When God Sleeps - My life, my country, Iran, my songs and poems

“Shahin Najafi is the angry bard of grief for a people that is fighting for freedom.” Omid Nouripour

“Naghi” is the name of the rap song that catapulted Iranian musician and poet Shahin Najafi to world fame in dramatic fashion in the summer of 2012 when because of its lyrics a fatwa was issued that offered a bounty on his head. But we don’t know much about this young artist who has been writing and singing out tirelessly and passionately for years against repression, violence and the oppression of women in Iran.

When God Sleeps is a selection of his most important song lyrics and poems along with autobiographical texts about his childhood in Iran and his political identity. We find out more about Najafi’s path from devout reciter of the Quran to rapper and regime critic, about his conflict with religion and his life in German exile.

Supplemented by an informative foreword and commentary from Green Party representative and Iran expert Omid Nouripour, this book offers deep insights into the inner workings of modern Iranian society. An important document about a courageous political battle for freedom and justice.

Songs and other texts


ISBN: 978-3-462-04478-2
release: 10. May 2013
160 pages, Broschur


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About the Author

Shahin Najafi was born in 1980 in Northern Iran and is an Iranian singer/songwriter, rapper and guitarist. Facing pressure from the Iranian government to remove all political messages from his music, he emigrated to Germany in 2005, where he has released four albums to date. With his rage-filled songs, he has increasingly become the voice of the Iranian youth. He lives and works in Cologne.

Omid Nouripour was born in 1975 in Tehran and came to Germany with his family in 1988. He grew up in Frankfurt am Main, where he got his start in politics. From 2002 to 2006, he was a member of the federal executive board of the Bündnis 90/die Grünen (Alliance 90/the Green Party). He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2006 and in 2009, he became spokesman of his party’s security policy.