b. Shusha Guppy, 7 January 1940, Teheran, Iran. This songwriter, singer and author emigrated to France at the age of 16, and was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, studying Oriental Languages and Philosophy. Having married an English author during the 60s, she relocated to London. Although she had trained and studied as an opera singer, her interest lay in a range of musical styles from medieval folk through 16th century ballads, to the works of writers such as Jacques Brel and Joan Baez. Shusha garnered a good deal of critical praise for a number of her recordings during the 70s, and made a number of television and radio appearances. In 1973, she travelled with the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe in Iran, making two films. The first, People Of The Wind, a documentary about the migration of the tribe across the mountains, won an Oscar nomination for best documentary in 1977. A soundtrack album from the film was later released in the USA. The second film was a short of Shusha singing during the journey. Never predictable, her albums varied in content. From East To West saw a collaboration with arranger Paul Buckmaster, setting traditional Persian songs to a jazz/rock setting. Here I Love You, by comparison, was an album of her own songs, while Durable Fire featured songs by English poets, including William Shakespeare and Ted Hughes.
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