Reza Yazdani

Tehran, Iran

Train to the Sea


Behind the Music

About 70% of the planet is covered by water, and an estimated 99% of the world's daily news is focused on what happens on land. So many tragedies are happening on the oceans and, unfortunately, they are hidden from the eyes of the people of the world. 

Apart from the tragic events that affect innocent people living on ships and on the seas, the discussion of the betrayal of the captains and sailors of these ships and also the savagery that happens to these workers, greatly affected me. The result was the song "You've Rafted Me."

It is the nature of art that regardless of language and words, you can have a unique dialogue with all of its audiences. Art, and especially music, is the common international language for a higher transcendent communication between human beings. This is why original art is sacred.

From the beginning of this project, I was preoccupied with not only the fate of the victims, but also the story of the origins of these people and how their situations led to a sad end in the middle of the ocean. Each of these people started their story from their homeland. The main idea of the track, "Train to the Sea" arises from this notion that these people knowingly or unknowingly board a train of consequences to the sea and eventually lose their lives there. The story of each of these victims can inspire artists to create unique works with tragic endings for decades.

Reza Yazdani
About Reza Yazdani

Reza Yazdani (Persian: رضا یزدانی, born on October 16, 1973, in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian singer, musician, composer, and actor. He is an Iranian pop-rock musician and has released twelve official albums and numerous single songs to date. His main instrument is the guitar, especially the electric guitar. He has performed live concerts since the release of his third album, Hiss, mainly in Milad Tower Concert Hall. The lyrics of his first album, Shahre Del, were all from Rumi poems.

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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