Kurdish–American singer Helly Luv releases
new song “Risk it all”
February 6, 2014
Sexy Kurdish–American singer Helly Luv (Helen
Abdulla). Photo: Ekurd.net/Youtube
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ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— Helly
Luv, a U.S.-based Kurdish singer has released a new
song called “Risk It All”. The video clip was
partially filmed on rooftops and streets across
Erbil and the historical citadel even makes an
appearance in it.
Helly Luv, the performing name of Helen Abdulla, is
of Kurdish origins and was born in 1988 towards the
end of the Iran-Iraq War. Helly Luv and her family
escaped death by first fleeing to Turkey. From there
they went to Finland, later settling in the United
“Risk It All” was released on February 3 and quickly
received thousands of YouTube hits. The video
carries the message that Kurdish women can do
anything and that they should believe in themselves.
The video portrays Helly Luv’s love for her
homeland, and she even dons traditional Kurdish
men’s clothing in some scenes.
Helly Luv says she featured lions in the video
because she loves animals. She has previously
established an animal rights organization and has
plans to open a branch in Kurdistan in the near
According to Helly Luv, growing up in Finland was
not easy because she was bullied for not looking
like everyone else. This treatment pushed her to
find an outlet through which she could channel her
anger and depression.
Helly Luv first took an interest in singing when
she joined a neighborhood choir and then broadened
her interests by learning to play the piano.
Following that, she started taking drama classes,
which eventually allowed her to feel more accepted.
Eventually, dancing became her primary focus and
afforded her an opportunity to compete in the
Dance Championships. Soon after, she signed
a contract with Nike Woman in Finland.
Helly Luv says she came to Los Angeles, California,
believing in the “American Dream,” yet nothing went
She notes it was difficult for her to find people
that would take her seriously, but nonetheless she
continued to persevere, even though the life she had
dreams of achieving was not taking shape.
Helly Luv recently signed on with G2 Music Group.
Her upcoming album, produced by Gawain “G2” Bracy
II, will have a world dance sound to it and is also
titled “Risk It All”.
You can watch Helly Luv’s official video clip
“Risk It All” at Youtube
Interview with Helly Luv: Inspiration Behind the
Song (Risk it all)
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