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Iran: 80 young people arrested at illegal concert

10 May 2010

Iranian police detained 80 young men and women for “lustful pleasure-seeking” activities at an illegal concert, Tehran’s chief prosecutor was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying.     Public prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted in the Kayhan newspaper on 7 May 2010 as saying that moral security police …

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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 …

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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 | Turkey: Freemuse Award 2010: Winners honoured in London

29 March 2010

  Freemuse Award winners 2010: Ferhat Tunç, with the award statuette created by Swedish glass designer Göran Wärff, and Mahsa Vahdat.   Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç, the joint winners of the Freemuse Award 2010, gave a short and impressive performance at the Index Awards ceremony in London’s Royal Institute …

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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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