Have you heard of Tara Salehi yet? If not, don’t worry. You’ll have plenty of time to get to know the 13-year-old Iranian singer who’s making U.S headlines for her powerful cover of Adele’s ”Someone Like You.”
Although her amazing video’s only a week old, she building up quite the fan base in the US. Her video’s shown up on several major sites in the past few days, including Jezebel, The Huffington Post and NY Daily News and it currently has over 250,000 views. So it’s not so surprising to discover that the teenager already has a Facebook fan page. We’re sure that in the next couple of days we’ll see a Twitter and a Pinterest page pop up as well.
But will Tara Salehi’s newfound fame in this country get her in trouble in her own country? According to Massoud Hayoun, a writer at TheAtlantic.com’s International Channel, Tara’s part of an underground rebellion against her government. On his personal blog he writes:
“And she’s part of a much larger underground music movement in Iran — At age 13, she’s breaking a law, established in the 1979 Islamic Revolution, that bans female vocalists. She’s going up against morality police to obtain and recreate Western music.”
However, Youtube user Smerdiis, who uploaded the original video, says that Tara’s completely safe and we’re applying our American opinions of Iran’s government to a completely innocent video of a young girl singing. Even better is that he says Tara’s aware of all her new fame and all the kind comments made Tara very happy. Hopefully that means we’ll be hearing a lot more from her in the very near future.