Beauty on the Streets: Haale


Name: Haale Gafori

Occupation: Musician (Vocalist, Guitar-player, Composer)

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Website: and

“I’d like to see alternative energy systems (solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, and geothermal) get more attention in the media and more funding. In Denmark, they convert household garbage to heat and electricity and power urban areas this way instead of filling landfills — I think that’s genius.”

My style: best expressed through music. Our new album, “Wild Poppies,” will be released on June 21, but you can hear a few tracks and pre-order at

The song I have on repeat right now is: A lot of songs and albums are getting heavy rotation in my house. Right now, they are the Braids‘ album “Native Speaker,” tUnE-yArDs‘ “Whokill,” and “Ko Sira” by the queen of Malian music, Oumou Sangare — one of my favorite singers of all time..

People usually compliment my: laugh.

For my skin, I love: Lemon juice and Mario Badescu products.

Current beauty product obsession: Shea butter. It’s just a great moisturizer

But I also can’t live without: Yoga classes!

My favorite place in the whole wide world is: Brooklyn, NY, because so many amazing musicians and artists live here. And I do love the jungles of Goiás, Brazil…closest thing to paradise I’ve ever seen. And the deserts of California, especially Anza-Borrego where it’s so quiet, it’s loud.

The thing most people don’t know about my culture is: As for American culture, seems like many people don’t know of H.D. or Muriel Rukeyser — two great American poets. As for Iranian culture, most people don’t know about the original and very celebratory religion, Zorastrianism, the holy trinity being “good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.”

Worst habit: Procrastination!

My favorite scent is: Lavender oil, jasmine oil, and rose oil–yum! (used separately of course).

My favorite hair product is: DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser — no sulfates and great for curls.

The restaurant I can never get tired of is: Kaz An Nou. It’s a French-Caribbean restaurant on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn. Our friends own it, great food, great live music on Sundays. Favorite entree is their beet/mango salad, bread soup, and passion-fruit mousse. Ridiculously good.

Though I can make a mean: Linguine with scallops.

What inspires me: Scientists and researchers who are developing biodegradable alternatives to plastic!

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  1. Shahla wrote:

    finally someone featured that i know about and admire tremendously, not because she lives in my hometown bk ;)but my sis and i have been following her music for years and her live performances have been powerful and electrifying! Perfect and deserving person to feature as she exemplifies true beauty and soul. jammin to hastee at work …

    Posted 6.14.11

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