Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Mahsa Vahdat

30 January 2009



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Mahsa Vahdat

Singer, Iran



Singing is a blessing
A voice that finds its way to the arteries of life,
Now flowing like a whisper by a baby’s cradle,
Now like a lover, perhaps standing against the rays of a future,
A blessing indeed, is singing .

I live in a country which has a vicissitude history of art, especially in
music. In some periods of the history of my country, Iran, music was
banned and musicians had very difficult times. The music that I
inherited is brimful with pain, love, beauty and the sorrowful stories
of the lives of the people of this country, their hopes and aspirations,
their attempts to preserve their culture. It is the voice that has been
transmitted from many throats full of pain and love.

As a singer my musical expression is a reflection of these stories. But
in the present situation in my country I am faced with two general
kinds of censorship, the censorship that is applied to the whole music
life of my country and also the elimination of the female voice. The
only place that lullabies are heard in my country is at the cradle of the
baby. These beautiful lullabies and the voice of women is a part of
emotions that should fly freely. It is a gift from heaven and it is part
of the heritage of human society. Banning it is a cultural genocide that
is not a small crime. The women of Iran never stopped singing and
they continue to sing many lullabies for the awakening of the people.



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I started to know and cooperate with Freemuse when I was invited to
the Freemuse Beirut conference in 2005 and also later to the Istanbul
conference. From the beginning of the cooperation I felt myself as a
member of the family of Freemuse that is moving forward to one
common aim without regarding any geographical, cultural, religious,
or any other kind of limit. This aim is to fight against every kind of
censorship of music that is practiced by humans who rule and is a
harm to the free improvement of music and expressions of the emotions
of human beings.

The efforts and patience of Marie Korpe and Ole Reitov in connecting
all the members of this family is for me admirable because their
aspiration is the same as that of every person in the world who is hurt
by censorship. I am honoured to serve as a member of this family for
these aspirations.


Mahsa Vahdat


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