Ma'soumeh Dadehbala (Persian: معصومه دده‌بالا; April 10, 1942 – January 20, 1990), known by her stage name Hayedeh (Persian: هایده), was a Persian classical and pop music vocalist with a contralto vocal range. She was well known for her wide range of voice. She was active for more than two decades, and remains one of the most popular singers of Iran.[1]

Hayedeh in 1977
Background information
Birth nameMa'soumeh Dadehbala
Born(1942-04-10)10 April 1942
Tehran, Iran
Died20 January 1990(1990-01-20) (aged 47)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active1967–1990
Associated actsMahasti

Early life and careerEdit

Ma'soumeh Dadehbala was born on 10 April 1942 in Tehran.[1][2] She was the elder sister of another popular singer Mahasti.[1]

Her professional career began in 1968 as a singer on a Persian traditional music program in Radio Tehran called "Golhâye Rangârang" (Persian: گلهای رنگارنگ "Colorful Flowers") directed by Davoud Pirnia.

Hayedeh studied Avaz (Persian vocal music) with the Persian violinist and composer Ali Tajvidi.

"Azadeh" (1968), which was composed by Ali Tajvidi, with lyrics by Rahi Moayeri, was Hayedeh's first official hit and debut also. It was first performed in 1968 on Radio Tehran with the Gol-ha Orchestra.[2] In this year she released another titled Raftam (1968).

In the 1970s, Hayedah added Persian pop music to her classical Persian repertoire. In this period Hayedeh worked with several songwriters, such as Fereydoun Khoshnoud, Jahanbakhsh Pazouki, Anoushiravan Rohani and Mohammad Heydari. "Bezan Tar", "Gol-e Sang", "Nowrouz Aamad", and "Soghati" were among her works during this period.[1]

After the revolution and leaving IranEdit

Hayedeh in a concert at Royal Albert Hall, London, 1987

On 29 August 1978, shortly before the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hayedeh immigrated to the United Kingdom. She stayed there for three years and moved to the United States in 1982 to continue her career.

Hayedeh lived in Los Angeles from 1982 until the end of her life. The area became a hub for the Persian (Iranian) community in Southern California since the 1980s.[1]

Hayedeh released many successful albums during this time, and all her songs were bootlegged in Iran. Hayedeh's political and nostalgic songs such as "Rouzaye Roshan", "Ghesseyeh Man", "Zendegi" became very popular with the Iranian exile community.[1]

Her songwriters and producers in the United States were mostly Sadegh Nojouki, Mohammad Heydari and Andranik. Songwriters she worked with were Ardalan Sarfaraz, Homa Mir-Afshar and Bijan Samandar.[citation needed] Songwriter who wrote more than 30 of Hayedeh's songs and hits was her best friend Leila Kasra (a.k.a. Hedieh), who was featured in many of her albums reciting her poems. During her exile, Hayedeh regularly appeared on the Los Angeles-based Persian-language TV channels IR TV, Jaam-E-Jam and Jonbesh TV.[1]

Death and burialEdit

Hayedeh's grave at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in the Westwood area of Los Angeles

On 20 January 1990, the day after a performance at the Casablanca Club, near San Francisco, California, Hayedeh died from a heart attack. She was 47 years old. She had a history of diabetes and hypertension.

Thousands of fans attended Hayedeh's funeral in Los Angeles. On 24 January 1990, she was buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. She had been recording an album shortly before her death and was due to finish recording it after she returned from her concert in San Francisco.[3]


Hayedeh's albums are still best sellers and her songs are played on Persian TV and radio channels outside Iran. Many of her songs are sung by Iranian pop singers. Houshmand Aghili performed Hayedeh's "Sarab", Parviz Rahman Panah remixed her "Saal", Shahla Sarshar performed a tragic song called "In Memory of Hayedeh", singer Amir did a cover of Hayedeh's song "Soghati" in 2008 and Mahasti performed three songs in memory of her late sister.[1]

Premiere Poster of the documentary "Hayedeh: Legendary Persian Diva", by Pejman Akbarzadeh, Amsterdam, January 2009

According to Prof. Erik Nakhjavani in Encyclopædia Iranica: "Analogous to Delkash, before her, Hayedeh sang with technical authority and passionate energy. Her laryngeal control made it possible for her to produce a series of graceful vibrato and glissando vocalizations required by the Avaz Persian vocal music. She could smoothly pass from the upper reaches of her alto voice to the lower, fuller, and darker range of the contralto. This mixture of strong laryngeal strength and learned vocal technique gave her alto-contralto voice a rare, powerful resonance and texture in the performance of the Avaz. Furthermore an acute sense for musical timing, the rhythmic flow of vocal music, affective musical phrasing, and poetic delivery enabled her to express and interpret effectively any songs she sang."[2]

Iranian pianist and journalist Pejman Akbarzadeh made a documentary Hayedeh: Legendary Persian Diva about Hayedeh which was screened in Amsterdam in January 2009 for the first time. The documentary had its US premiere in May 2009 at the Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles and nominated as the Best Documentary at the festival. The film was also screened at 9th International Exile Film Festival (Sweden) and 4th Iranian Film Festival in the Netherlands. Tehran-based FARS News Agency (close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard) cited the documentary as a film on the "Corrupt monarchist singer Hayedeh". The documentary was released on DVD on 20 January 2010, the 20th anniversary of Hayedeh's death, by "Persian Dutch Network" in Amsterdam.[4]Various American universities have streamed the documentary on their server for educational purposes as well.[5]

In April 2019 the Los Angeles City Council recognized and celebrated Hayedeh, one of the most celebrated singers in Persian culture.[6]

Partial discographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Azadeh (1968)
  • Raftam (1968)
  • Nasepasi (1969)
  • Afsaneh Shirin (1970) – with Shajarian
  • Yaarab (1982)
  • Hamkhooneh (1984) – with Viguen
  • Shabeh Eshgh (1985)
  • Shanehayat (1986)
  • Sogand (1988)
  • Safar (1988) – with Moein
  • Ey Zendegi Salaam (1989)
  • Golhayeh Ghorbat (1990) – with Moein
  • Bezan Taar (1991)
  • Kharabati (1991)
  • Golvaazheh (1991)
  • Khoda Hafez (1991)
  • Paadeshahe Khoobaan (1992)
  • Roozaayeh Roshan (1992)
  • Shabeh Asheghan – with Sattar
  • Naa Shanidehaa
  • Faryad
  • Bolboli Ke Khaamosh Shod
  • Aamadanet Mahaaleh
  • Owje Sedaa
  • Mehmaan
  • Hayf
  • Taranehyeh Saal


  • Best of Hayedeh
  • 40 Golden Hits of Hayedeh
  • 40 Hayedeh Golden Songs, Vol I
  • Hayedeh Golden Songs, Vol II
  • Shirin Jaan, Hayedeh 4
  • Dashtestani, Hayedeh 5
  • Afsaneh Shirin, Hayedeh 8

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "HAYEDEH ... at a Glance". Hayedeh Documentary Project. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Hayedeh". Encyclopedia Iranica. 15 December 2003. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "In Memory of the Persian Legendary Diva HAYEDEH (1942-1990)". Persian Heritage/Payvand News. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Hayedeh Documentary Released by Persian Dutch Network". Gooya News. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Hayedeh: Legendary Persian Diva". Portland State University. 10 November 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  6. ^ "L.A. CITY COUNCIL HONORS PERSIAN SINGER HAYEDEH". LA Weekly. 11 April 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2022.

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