9 Things you should know about the Kurdish singer who shot her music video on the ISIS frontline

Next to real battle tanks and flying bullets, Helly Luv and her crew filmed her 'Revolution' video not too far from the on-going battle in the Middle East.

Helly Luv

While many live in fear of ISIS, one singer decided to ‘Risk it all’ and film a music video three kilometres (km) away from the battlefront between the militant group and the Peshmerga in Iraq.

Pulse Music has put together a list of things you should know about the Kurd vocalist called Helly Luv and her anti-war anthems.

1. The singer whose real name is Helen Abdulla was born in Iran in 1988 and raised in Finland before she moved to Los Angeles (L.A) at the age of 18 to pursue her dreams of becoming a pop star.

2. In 2014, Helly Luv was forced to go into hiding after releasing the music video for her anti-war song ‘Risk it all’. She received several death threats from extremists.

3. The ‘Risk it all’ music video has received over four million views on YouTube.

4. Luv put out a war-themed music video in May of this year. The ‘Revolution’ clip filmed three km from the battle frontline shows the reality of the on-going conflict situation there.

5. The 'Revolution' video features real Kurdish armed forces on the combat zone. It took her and her crew three months to film this.

6. The anti-war clip has received has 1.2 million YouTube views.

7. When she first moved to L.A, she got a deal with Grammy-winning Los Da Mystro who has worked with the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna. In 2013, she signed with an independent record label called G2.

8. Her songs have received enormous backing from Kurds in the diaspora.

9. The singer described as the 'Kurdish Shakira' now lives in Erbil in Northern Iraq.


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