Iranian artists AIDA and Nesa Azadikhah release non-profit compilation, ‘Women, Life, Freedom’


AIDA and Nesa Azadikhah bring together 12 female Iranian artists for a non-profit compilation to raise awareness of the plight of women in their home country.

As well as  showing the bravery and talent of female musicians who are working under censorship and threats to their safety, ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ seeks to highlight the grave situation for Iranian women on the ground, and the brutal killings of people who’ve spoken out against the Islamic Republic’s Regime since the uprising in 2022.

The music itself spans electro, techno, breaks and experimental sounds from Iranian artists including SarrSew, MENTRIX, Sharona Lico and AIDA and Nesa themselves.


It will be released on Apranik Recordings, the pair’s collaborative project which serves as ‘a musical embodiment of the thousands of years of strength and defiance of Iranian women’.

A statement from Nesa and AIDA reads: “As a group of Iranian women, this fight is closest to our hearts. We release this collection in solidarity and towards a fight for a free Iran and aim to raise awareness about this revolution through music. The theme of this collection is power, defiance, and ferocity and can be heard across all of the tracks. This is the energy with which Iranian women continue to push for freedom. We dream of a future where women and girls can openly and safely practice, grow, and shine within arts, especially electronic music. From us to you and to a free Iran. Zan, Zendegi, Azadi, translates to: Woman, Life, Freedom, the slogan for this movement.”

All proceeds from the release will be donated to several charities dedicated to helping struggling women in Iran. The first is Saraye Mehr, an organisation that helps women and children recovering from domestic violence, addiction, homelessness, and societal distress in Iran.

Women, Life, Freedom is out now on Apranik Recordings.