Säye Skye ist das Gesicht des queeren iranischen Rap. Aus dem Berliner Exil gibt er der LGBTIQ*-Community eine Stimme. Im Interview mit COSMO spricht er über die queere Geschichte iranischer Kunst, die Proteste für mehr Freiheit und warum den iranischen Dichter Rumi für den ersten Rapper des Landes hält.
If there’s one word to best describe Säye Skye, it’s brave. The Iranian-trans rapper has had a career marked by significant highs, like working on award-winning soundtracks and scores for the film No Hard Feelings and the show Sort Of, but has also been marked by persecution from his home government, and hate-based attacks which followed him all the way from Iran to Toronto. Skye, however, has never ceased to move forward, consistently releasing boundary-pushing songs serving as anthems for liberation.
“Definitely the most intriguing addition to the cast is that of transgender Iranian rapper Säye Skye. Skye flitted around the scenes and acted almost as an echo of Hajek's Lucifer through the conscience of each character. That, coupled with a dramatic performance as a young child terrorist dreaming of the rewards he'll be given, made it chilling and powerful.I have to say that the addition of rap to opera was nothing short of invigorating. It felt current and cutting-edge without feeling like it was a send-up. It was a truly well-executed mashup of two very disparate styles of music-making and it left me craving more. ”