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Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

25 March 2010

Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat and Turkish-Kurdish singer and activist Ferhat Tunç are the 2010 Freemuse Award winners. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in London on 25 March. Mahsa Vahdat fra Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

22 March 2010

Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without restrictions. The Award Committee stated: “Mahsa …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

22 March 2010

Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without restrictions. The Award Committee stated: “Mahsa …

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Iran: Concert banned because of presence of women musicians

24 February 2010

  Iranian authorities have cancelled a concert of traditional Iranian singer Homayoun Shajarian because two members of the band are women, the ISNA news agency reported. Homayoun Shajarian is the son of Mohammad Reza Shajarian – a legendary singer in Iran. Homayou has performed with his ensemble in several cities …

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Iran: More than 20 musicians banned from radio

30 November 2009

Sources Iran Human Rights Voice – 21 November 2009: ‘Broadcasting Certain Singers and Music Banned from Radio’       Government-owned radio stations in Iran have been ordered to stop broadcasting certain singers’ music and certain songs, reported Ilna and Iran Human Rights Voice. The censorship list is reported to …

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Iran: 12 ‘satanist’ musicians reportedly arrested in Orumiyeh

2 November 2009

On 25 October 2009 the news agency Reuters India quoted an Iranian newspaper which reported that 12 musicians accused of promoting satanism had been arrested in northwest Iran. “A number of people in the city of Orumiyeh who engaged in the promotion of satanism through underground music and the production …

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Iran / UK: ‘The exile factor’ in The X Factor tv show

7 September 2009

After numerous arrests, the Iranian singer Behrouz Ghaemi fled Iran to pursue his singing dream in the United Kingdom. On 29 August 2009 he became famous overnight there when he impressed the judges of the tv-show ‘The X Factor’, watched by 11.8 million viewers After the show, the 29-year-old Freddie …

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Iran: Five-year prison sentence for performance of Koranic verses

17 July 2009

The Iranian singer Mohsen Namjoo has been sentenced to five years in prison for disrespecting religious sanctities — luckily in absentia, as he is living outside the country now. Mohsen Namjoo (also spelled: ‘Namju’) is a singer and composer who has been likened to Bob Dylan, wrote the news agency …

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Iran: Music gives hope

17 July 2009

In Austin Dacey’s article about the underground music scene in Iran, members of the exiled rock band Kiosk share their insight into the system of music censorship in Iran “The entire music industry in Iran is run by the Lalezar mafia, which is tied to the Ershad (Ministry of Islamic …

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Iran: Musicians respond to the crisis

23 June 2009

Despite a general ban on most forms of popular music by the Islamic government in Iran, rock music has become one of the most vibrant forces for critiquing the various ills of Iranian society, writes music researcher Mark Levine Mark Levine is in close contact with numerous rock, heavy metal …

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