Abjeez (Persian: آبجیز) is a multilingual Persian Swedish alternative world music pop band founded by Iranian-born sisters Melody Safavi and Safoura Safavi in 2005.
ABJEEZ (slang for sisters in Azerbaijan Turkish and Persian) was initially formed in Östersund and expanded in Stockholm, Sweden with older sister Melody writing lyrics in Persian also known as "Farsi" and Safoura composing the music. In Stockholm, the Safavi sisters found backing musicians from Sweden, Norway, Scotland and Chile.
Their lyrics often carry humorous and subversive cultural and political messages. Their genre of music has be described as a blend of Iranian soul rhythms with reggae, rock, ska, and flamenco. They sing mostly in their native Persian, with a few exceptions in Swedish, Spanish, and English.
Critics have described Abjeez as the first female-led Persian-speaking Reggae/SKA band and pioneers for singing about taboo subjects in Persian language, Iranian culture, and even American foreign policy and the war on terror. Abjeez were subjects of a 2009 documentary film titled "Systrar (Sisters)" by Swedish film-maker Henrik Perälä.
The most consistent subject matters voiced in Abjeez music are issues related to gender, women's rights and youth in Iran.
Their debut music video Eddeaa (meaning "Pretension" in English) was nominated in the short film category at Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2007. It was also selected as the best music video of the year at Link TV's world music channel in 2007. The band has performed in various music and film festivals such as the Rotterdam Film Festival in the Netherlands.
Abjeez have been described by various commentators as one of the most successful Iranian music groups of the 2000s, performing at sold-out concerts across Europe and North America, including at the legendary Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, California in December 2010.
Safoura Safavi - composer, lead singer and guitar,
Melody Safavi - songwriter, back and harmony vocals,
Johan Moberg - acoustic and electric guitar,
Erland Hofgaard - bass guitar,
Robin Cochrane - drums, percussion and keyboard,
Nicolas Lazo Zubieta - saxophone, percussion, and keyboard,
Sufi Safavi - sound engineer