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Iran: Music from ‘below the radar’ distributed on free CD

5 May 2010

From a country where music is sometimes considered a crime, a compilation of underground rock, hip-hop and heavy metal music, compiled by the music centre Bar-Ax, was published as a free bonus-CD with the April-May 2010 issue of the British music magazine Songlines, no. 67. The album ‘features brave musicians from Iran,’ …

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Iran: Film about music censorship shown on Cannes Film Festival

15 May 2009

A new feature film about music censorship in Iran features the underground rock band Mirza, the rapper Hichkas, as well as other musicians of varying styles from Persian pop and folk to heavy metal, and women who are banned in Iran from public solo singing. ‘Nobody Knows About the Persian …

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Freemuse to the United Nations: Iran discriminates women artists

17 March 2014

Iran should eliminate discrimination against women artists and abolish censorship of artistic expressions, stated Freemuse in its submission to the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review of Iran in March 2014. For decades the Islamic Republic of Iran has put severe restrictions on the right to freedom of artistic expression. Although …

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Iran: World premiere of film about music censorship in Iran

4 May 2006

The documentary film on government censorship of music in Iran, ‘Sounds of Silence – Underground Music in Tehran’, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, New York, on 26 April 2006 The documentary film by Amir Hamz and Mark Lazarz surveys Tehran’s rock and hip-hop scene, …

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