Toranj (album)

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Mohsen Namjoo
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 2007
Genre Persian traditional music, progressive rock, blues
Label Hozeh Honari
Mohsen Namjoo chronology
Mohsen Namjoo
Jabr-e Joghrafiyaei

Toranj was singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo's official debut in 2007, as none of his previous albums were allowed for legal release by Iranian governmental authorities. [1] Also it was the last album of the artist to get legal license. [2] [3] [4] The album featured nine traditional folk songs, including poems from Hafez, Rumi, Baba Taher and Attar. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Track listing

  1. "Toranj" – Poems by Hafez and Khaju
  2. "Ro Sar Beneh be Balin" – Poem by Molavi
  3. "Talkhi Nakonad" – Poem by Molawi
  4. "Vava Layli" – Poem by Baba Taher
  5. "Tarsam ke..." – Poem by Hafez
  6. "Del Miravad" – Poem by Hafez
  7. "Joreh Baz" – Poem by Baba Taher
  8. "dar Mian-e Jaan (Vang Vang)" – Poem by Attar
  9. "Zolf" – Poem by Hafez

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