Mahsa Vahdat



Singer Mahsa Vahdat from Iran talks about the religious ban on women singing in her country.

Mahsa Vahdat, born in Tehran in 1973, was awarded with the 2010 Freemuse Award at a ceremony in London on 25 March 2010. She is strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where her songs — unlike in her home country — can be performed without restrictions.

The Freemuse Award Committee stated: “Mahsa Vahdat continues to resist all pressures that the conservative sectors of Iranian society put on woman musicians. Despite such pressures Iran has a remarkably vibrant music scene that ridicules the clich

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Interviews & editing by Kristina Funkeson, 2005 & 2006

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