Iran: Forbidden rap album becomes a hit

3 March 2006
A new album made by the group Dalu mocks the Islamic Republic’s top clerics. It has taken the country by storm, reports Iran Focus

Iranian youths, who make up more than two thirds of the total population of 68 million people, have taken a liking to rap music, and the combination of hip beats and lyrics which make fun of Iran’s top clerics have become a new hit in Iran’s urban areas. The artists of Dalu have taken popular rap beats and replaced the lyrics with their own versions, blasting the rule of the ayatollahs, claiming incompetence in economic affairs, and describing the clerics’ attires as unfashionable.

With or without the sharp lyrics the music is banned by Iran’s strict cultural vetting body for being too Western.



Iran Focus – 28 February 2006:
‘Anti-mullah rap is new hit in Iran’
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