Roya’s Rahill Jamalifard Shares Mysterious Album Teaser, ‘Morningless’

Who: Rahill Jamalifard of Roya
Where she was born: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Where she lives now: Queens, New York
What she does: Musician/Artist


What she’s been up to lately:
Playing music in my new project Roya, revisiting skateboarding, and writing for my former band, Habibi’s second record.

If she were a sound:
The call to prayer from a mosque.

There’s too much of, and too little of:
Too much violence and discrimination, not enough time and empathy.

With whom she would like to go on a tête à tête:
Still alive? Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Her most striking moment:
There have been many a few, most recent one that comes to mind is walking up to Haifz (the great Persian Poet) tomb in my fathers city, Shiraz, Iran.

Her earliest memory:
My mother putting hairclips in my hair, this was before I could talk, but I have a very vivid memory of how big and voluptuous her 80s hairdo was.

What makes her smile:
The diversity of my neighborhood and how multicultural it is, also, my fathers laughter.

The first record you bought with your own money:
Aaliyah’s album, One in a Million.

Heavy rotation:
Fela Kuti and William Onyeabor.

Something that has surprised her recently:
How irrelevant age is, oh and that bees have made the endangered species list. Imagine a world robbed of bee stings and honey!

Where she goes to be alone:
I pretty much go everywhere alone.

Whom she considers a style icon:
My mother, Sophia Loren, Sade, the elderly in Chinatown.

Her favorite person in the world:
My grandmother back in Iran.

Her next challenge:
Slowly finishing these next three records.

Rahill’s WILD Wish:
That someday I can give back everything and more to my parents who came here as immigrants and sacrificed everything for my siblings and I.


text by: Katie Chow

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