Benyamin Bahadori (Persian: بِنيامينِ بَهادُرى) is an Iranian Pop singer, composer and songwriter from Tehran, Iran. His first album “85” released in 2006, was a massive commercial success within Iran and with the Iranian diaspora abroad. He is one of the most popular pop singers in Iran. Benyamin has released four studio albums and numerous singles so far. He also sang sound tracks for the Movies “Gorgo Mish” and “A Few Cubic Meters of Love” (“Chand Metr Moka’ab Eshgh”). In 2007, a BBC documentary called “Rageh Inside Iran. described him as a “Big Star of Iran” who had sold twenty million copies of his album at the beginning of his career. Although basically a pop singer, Benyamin often includes elements of hip hop (Biya Ashegham kon) and rap (Kojaye Donyai) into his music and some of the songs in his latest album “94″ have English lyrics. Benyamin is also known as “Aghae Eshgh” or “Mr. Love” among his fans because his songs are mostly centered around romantic themes.
Benyamin (real name Vahid Bahadori) was born into a very religious and traditional (as described by him) family and grew up in a small neighborhood in the south of Tehran. He became interested in music since he was very young.
Benyamin’s first album was an instant hit, It turned him into a star in a short time. His most famous songs from first album “85” include “Khatereha” (Memories) also known as “Donya Dige Mesle To Nadare”, “Loknat” (Stutter), “Adam Ahani” (Robot) also known as “Halam Badeh” and “Man Emshab Mimiram” (I Will Die Tonight). In September 2006, Benyamin Bahadori traveled to Sweden to have concerts in Stockholm, which marked the start of his international concerts but he did not perform concerts in Iran until four years later. His second album “88” was released in April 2009 and sold 500,000 units within a week of its release. It contains a total of 17 songs (most in any of his four albums) and includes popular songs like “Shenasnameh”, ” Kojaye Donyai” (Where in the world), ” Ahay to”(Hey you), “Sedaye Ghalbe to”(Sound of your heart) and “Leili dar Paeiz”(layla in the Autumn). The third and the most anticipated album “93″ was released in March 2014 after a long gap of five years with songs like “Ghahve”(Coffee), “Madar”(Orbit), “Hafte Eshgh”(Week of Love) and “Faghat shabihe khodeti” (You’re just like yourself). His fourth album “94″ was released in July 2015, just over a year after the release of his third album. This is the shortest time period between two albums and it was a pleasant surprise for his fans because the last album took too long to come out. This album has songs like “Eshkal”, “Havasam Be Toe”, “Track 4″ and ” Barana” which he sang for his daughter Barana Bahadori. Benyamin has experimented with the addition of English lyrics in his latest album and it has got mixed reviews from fans.
Benyamin Bahadori married Nasim Heshmati in 2010, they have one daughter called Barana Bahadori. Benyamin did not announce the news of his marriage and most people were unaware of his wife and kid until the death of his wife in an accident in Tehran on 20 December 2013. Nasim was driving home, along with Benyamin and (at the time) two year old Barana when they were hit by a speeding car, Benyamin and Barana were unhurt but Nasim passed away hours later in the hospital due severe injuries. Benyamin released a song called “Ye khoone” (A house) which he sang in memory of his late wife and according to a post he made on facebook, took eleven years to complete. The song was released on her birthday, a month after she passed away.