Shahin Najafi (born in 1980 in Bandar-e-Anzali, Iran) is an Iranian musician, singer, rapper, songwriter, and social activist currently residing in Germany. He began his music career in Iran before immigrating to Germany in 2005. He has been referred to as being one of the forerunners in the Iran's modern hip hop by several experts and critics.
Najafi's songs mostly deal with issues such as theocracy, poverty, sexism, censorship, child labor, execution, drug addiction and homophobia. He strives to use poetic, literary, philosophical and political elements in his music.
After the Iranian election protests, Shahin Najafi released a single named Neda in July 2009 dedicated to Neda Agha-Soltan, an activist killed during the protests. He released his second studio album titled Tavahhom (Illusion) on 19 September 2009 by German-Iranian publishing house "Pamas-Verlag". In this album, several songs are about the intense protests against the Iranian government and the political oppression that occurred after the presidential election. Amongst those songs was "Vaghti khoda khabe (When God is sleeping)".
Following release of the song "Ay Naghi!" ("Hey, Naghi!"), Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani, a Shi’ite cleric based in Qom, issued a fatwa death sentence against Najafi for apostasy. Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi, a "sources of emulation" for many Shia Muslims, also issued a fatwa declaring Najafi guilty of apostasy. As of 15 May 2012, more than 800 people in Iran had joined a Facebook campaign calling for Najafi to be executed, saying they were ready to assassinate Najafi if necessary. An Iranian web site, Shia-Online.ir, offered a $100,000 bounty to anyone who killed Najafi.
Accessed Date: 31/10/2012