I discovered them through the Instagram feed of Alt Citizen.
Habibi is a four piece band from Brooklyn, founded in the spring of 2011 by Rahill Jamalifard, who has a Persian ancestry.
As some of you should know, Habibi translates to “my heart” and hence “my love” in Arabic. On her interview with V Magazine, Rahill states “My influences are directly related to my ancestry: Iran, gyspies, nomads, the inspiration of poets like Hafiz, Saadi and Rumi, my travels within the country, its people, the culture, and the music I grew up listening to. Unlike so many of my friends, my parents didn’t have record collections of classic rock, blues and jazz. They instead had countless cassettes of sad songs sung by old Iranian singers, and VHS tapes of music shows filmed pre-1979 Revolution.”
Their songs are simple and catchy, with influences of Motown girl groups from the 1960s. For more information and tunes from them, I recommend checking their pages on SoundCloud, Bandcamp and Tumlbr (love the visuals on it). And here’s a selection of some tunes from them: