'Dingo' All-Women Band in Iran Spotlights Ancient Folklore

Published September 17th, 2020 - 11:39 GMT

The men in the audience clapped and the women ululated as the band finished singing: it would have been commonplace except the venue was in Iran and the group on stage were all women.

The catchy rhythmic music they played that balmy night is known as "bandari", according to AFP.

Its lyrics are from ancient folkloric songs, passed down the generations and familiar to many at the concert in an amphitheatre in the southern port of Bandar Abbas.

Dressed in traditional clothing, the band was taking part in a state-organised festival to showcase "Persian Gulf music" and, as well as singing, also played their instruments.

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Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Negin Heydari, a former member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the kasser drum, poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Negin Heydari, a former member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the kasser drum, poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Noushin Yousefzadeh, oud player of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Noushin Yousefzadeh, oud player of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP

The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Noushin Yousefzadeh, a member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the Oud (Middle Eastern lute), poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Noushin Yousefzadeh, a member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the Oud (Middle Eastern lute), poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Faezeh Mohseni, drummer of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Faezeh Mohseni, drummer of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP

The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP

(L to R) Pippeh drummer Malihe Shahinzadeh and drummer Faezeh Mohseni practise together with other band members at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

(L to R) Pippeh drummer Malihe Shahinzadeh and drummer Faezeh Mohseni practise together with other band members at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Women audience members applaud as they attend a performance by the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019.ATTA KENARE / AFP

Women audience members applaud as they attend a performance by the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019.ATTA KENARE / AFP

Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Negin Heydari, a former member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the kasser drum, poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Noushin Yousefzadeh, oud player of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Noushin Yousefzadeh, a member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the Oud (Middle Eastern lute), poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Faezeh Mohseni, drummer of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP
(L to R) Pippeh drummer Malihe Shahinzadeh and drummer Faezeh Mohseni practise together with other band members at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Women audience members applaud as they attend a performance by the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019.ATTA KENARE / AFP
Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Negin Heydari, a former member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the kasser drum, poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Negin Heydari, a former member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the kasser drum, poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Noushin Yousefzadeh, oud player of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Noushin Yousefzadeh, oud player of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP
The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Noushin Yousefzadeh, a member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the Oud (Middle Eastern lute), poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Noushin Yousefzadeh, a member of the all-women Iranian music band "Dingo" who plays the Oud (Middle Eastern lute), poses for a picture as she practises at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Faezeh Mohseni, drummer of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Faezeh Mohseni, drummer of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" performs with other band members at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP
The all-women band "Dingo" -- which in the local dialect refers to the first wobbly steps of infants as they learn to walk -- was formed in late 2016, but their performance in April 2019 was only the second time that they had been able to play to a mixed audience at the festival in Bandar Abbas. ATTA KENARE / AFP
(L to R) Pippeh drummer Malihe Shahinzadeh and drummer Faezeh Mohseni practise together with other band members at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
(L to R) Pippeh drummer Malihe Shahinzadeh and drummer Faezeh Mohseni practise together with other band members at a home studio called the "Dingo room" in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 30, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Women audience members applaud as they attend a performance by the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019.ATTA KENARE / AFP
Women audience members applaud as they attend a performance by the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019.ATTA KENARE / AFP
Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP
Members of the Iranian all-women music band "Dingo" (L to R) Malihe Shahinzadeh, Negin Heydari, Faezeh Mohseni, and Noushin Yousefzadeh perform together at a concert during the state-organised "Persian Gulf music" festival at Avini Hall in Iran's southern Gulf port city of Bandar Abbas on April 29, 2019. ATTA KENARE / AFP