Jofti is a particular variety of the double-flute (Do-Ney) that is played by southern Iranian people of Hormoz Island and Bandar-Abbas especially in Minab city of the Hormozgan province. The term literally means partner-like or couple, in reference to the instruments physical appearance.
I found this beautiful recording that was sent to me by my friend Shahab (who is also originally from Minab) and performed by Master Ghanbar Rastgoo; one of the most well-known afro-persian folk musicians and Jofti players.
Ghanbar Rastgoo is from South Iran, by the Persian Gulf in Minab. This piece of music is a mixture of two ancient cultures; Persian and African. The African people who arrived were originally used as slaves; finally they settled and lived in Minab for ten centuries. Their culture has heavily influenced the music of South Iran. The music is unique and quite ritual; an interesting fusion of both Persian and African music. This is known as ‘Bandari’ in Persian.
This is an instrumental Jofti track, that contains excellent drumming repetitions. the flute (Jofti) is played by the master Ghanbar Rastgoo! This makes for an amazing aural experience. Jofti drumming is used in Zaar rituals to aid in transcendental states of being.
As I was born and raised in South Iran, hearing these types of music is quite personal and special to me. For this music video, I used my own Dervish dress and performed a ritual dance in different locations.
This idea has been in my mind since 2008, when the iranian pro-democracy green movement failed. This music video pays tribute to all who are still standing up for democracy and the rights of the Iranian people.