Helan Abdulla (Kurdish: هێلین عەبدوڵڵا; born 16 November 1988), better known by her stage name Helly Luv (ھێڵی لۆڤ),[1] is a Kurdish-Finnish[2] singer, dancer, choreographer, actress and model. She rose to fame after uploading cover videos on social media websites like Myspace and YouTube. Helly Luv has since starred in movies, music videos and has released her own material. Gaining popularity from her 2013 single "Risk It All", Helly Luv has recently signed to G2 Music Group.[3][4] In 2014, she appeared in her first theatrical feature film, Mardan.[5]

Helly Luv
A Kurdish woman smiling
Luv poses before performing for Queen Elizabeth II on 21 June 2014
Born
Helan Abdulla

(1988-11-16) 16 November 1988 (age 34)
NationalityFinnish
CitizenshipFinnish
Occupation
  • Recording artist
  • actress
Years active2009–present
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Labels
  • G2 Music Group
Websitewww.hellyluv.com

Personal lifeEdit

Helly Luv was born to a Kurdish family during the Persian Gulf War in the city of Urmia, Iran on November 16, 1988. Her family escaped the city of Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan by fleeing to Iran, where she was born, and suddenly to Turkey for safety. Eventually Helly Luv and her family's application was approved to become citizens of Finland, allowing her and her family to be one of the first Kurdish immigrants to live there.[6] She took an interest in singing in a neighborhood choir and then expanded her interest by playing the piano, and taking drama classes. She began performing in school demonstrating her singing and dancing abilities. Dancing became her primary focus and afforded her an opportunity to compete in European dance championships and soon signed a contract with Finland's Nike Women.

CareerEdit

In 2006, Helly Luv moved to Los Angeles, California, United States on her own to pursue her dream. Just before she started making arrangements to return to Finland, Helly Luv received a Myspace message from Grammy winning record producer Los Da Mystro to sign an artist deal with his production company. During this deal she had the opportunity to work with Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter The-Dream. In winter 2013, Helly Luv signed a music deal with Gawain "G2" Bracy II and G2 Music Group. G2 Music Group released "Risk It All," the lively and inspirational leadoff single from Helly Luv's debut album. Produced almost entirely by Gawain "G2" Bracy II, the song synthesized Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms with world-pop songwriting. "Risk It All" received attention almost immediately in Finland, peaking all the way to the top three iTunes singles the first week and competing with Rihanna's "Diamonds" single.[7]

 
Helly Luv performing at Queen Elizabeth II birthday celebration in 2014

In 2014, Helly Luv starred in the international film Mardan[8] directed by Batin Ghobadi and Bahman Ghobadi where she played the leading role of Leila.[9] Later that year she attended the Toronto International Film Festival becoming the first Kurdish actress to attend the event.[10]

In 2015, Helly Luv shot the video for her single "Revolution" in an abandoned village near Mosul, where the Kurdish forces were fighting the ISIL. In the video of the single, she is seen painting the word "Revolution" on a tank shell in red lipstick and then Attack on the ISIL front lines just a few kilometers away.[11]

Other venturesEdit

PhilanthropyEdit

 
Kurdish pop star Helly Luv poses in front of Kurdish Peshmerga troops at a base in Dohuk on July 5, 2014

In 2014, she created her Luv House non-profit organization to help the people and animals in need throughout Kurdistan. On January 22, 2014 Helly Luv, A.R.K (Animal Rights Kurdistan), W.I.N.E (Women's International Network Erbil), Dr. Sulaiman Tameer, KOARP (Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection), Miss Kurdistan Fenik, and the owner of the Zoo helped close the doors to the Gelkand Park in Kurdistan (the second worst zoo in the world).[12] Helly Luv and the other organizations moved the animals to a new and improved zoo in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region.[13]

On July 6, 2014, Helly Luv visited the peshmerga headquarters in the city of Duhok, Iraq near the border of Mosul, Iraq during the defense against ISIL; with a mission to deliver food and water to the peshmerga troops.[14]

SinglesEdit

  • "Risk It All" (2013)[15]
  • "Revolution" (2015)[16]
  • "Bad Kitty (Down on the Floor)" (2012)[17]
  • "GUNS & ROSES" (2018) with Ardian Bujupi[18]
  • ”Boy-bye” (2019)
  • "Min Tu Navey" (2020)
  • "Mshtaglk" (2021) as featured artist
  • ”Kurdish Barbie” (2022)

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Crowcroft, Orlando (February 20, 2014). "Kurdish singer Helly Luv dismisses threats over music video". The Guardian. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Interview: Pop singer HELLY LUV".
  3. ^ Elkrief, Raphaëlle (August 12, 2014). "HELLY LUV : LA SHAKIRA KURDE PART EN GUERRE". Grazia. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Reuters (July 15, 2014). "Brave Kurdish pop star unfazed by Muslim terrorists' death threats". New York Post. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mardan". IMDb. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Ember, edited by Carol R.; Ember, Melvin; Skoggard, Ian (2004). Encyclopedia of diasporas : immigrant and refugee cultures around the world ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 0-306-48321-1. {{cite book}}: |first1= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ Koskinen, Matti (August 17, 2014). "Poptähdeksi noussut Helen Abdulla odottaa Kurdistanin itsenäisyyttä". Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Mardan". IMDb. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Young, Deborah (September 15, 2014). "'Mardan': Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  10. ^ Bloom, Livia (September 22, 2014). "Risking It All: Helly Luv, Kurdistan's Pop Star and Mardan Actress". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  11. ^ Crowcroft, Orlando (May 22, 2015). "Iraq: Kurdish star Helen Abdulla shells Isis forces in her glossy music video". IBTimesUK. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  12. ^ Shelton, Tracey (May 22, 2010). "Iraq: Dante's hell for animals?". Global Post. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  13. ^ Saleh, Hemin (February 10, 2014). "New Zoo to open in Erbil". Basnews. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  14. ^ Sheppard, David (July 16, 2014). "Kurdish singer Helly Luv ready to 'Risk it All' for independence". Reuters. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
  15. ^ "Risk It All by Helly Luv". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "Revolution". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  17. ^ "HellyLuv – Down on the Floor". Mover.uz.
  18. ^ "Helly Luv & Ardian Bujupi – GUNS & ROSES (prod. by Kostas K.)" – via YouTube.
  19. ^ "Mardan". IMDb. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  20. ^ "Flag Without A Country". IMDb. Retrieved July 13, 2017.

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