Thursday, June 20, 2019 05:29


Mashhad Imam comments on concert controversy

Mashhad's Friday Mass Imam says he has little against music but added that since Mashhad is the site of the shrine of the eighth Imam of the Shia Muslim faith, it is inappropriate to hold concerts there. » read more

Administration seems to back down on women’s right to sing

The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform. » read more

Ministry dismisses concerns over male-female duets

Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Guidance has responded to recent concerns expressed by two members of the clergy regarding male and female performing artists singing duets, saying: “There is no legal prohibition against issuing permits for works containing men and women singing together”. » read more

Iranian musician turns down Order of France

Hossein Alizadeh, the prominent Iranian musician and classical Iranian music expert, has refused the Order of France, called l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier, which acknowledges contributions to the arts and literature in France and all across the world. » read more

Presence of female musicians stops concert despite proper permit

The music group Erfan was prevented from holding a concert in Isfahan because women were part of the group. The concert was cancelled even though the group had the necessary permit from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. » read more

Group sues minister for letting women sing solo

The head of the Family of Martyrs and Veterans Association reported on Tuesday September 30 that a suit has been filed against Culture Minister Ali Jannati for issuing permits allowing women to sing solo in concerts. » read more

Female Musicians Banned from Stage in Isfahan

Female musicians are not allowed to go onstage and give live performances in Isfahan. Mohammad Qotbi, the head of the Isfahan Culture and Guidance administration and also a member of the clergy, compared music bands to the national football team, saying that just as there are substitutes for players on the football team, music groups should also have substitutes for their females players. » read more

Music official slams disruption of approved concert in Yazd

The head of the Music Department of the Ministry of Culture and Guidance has expressed dismay regarding “arbitrary individuals attacking a concert in Yazd”, adding: “This kind of action is not approved by any government body in the Islamic Republic.” » read more

Dezfool Imam objects to female musicians at concerts

The Dezfool Friday Mass Imam has announced that female musicians should not perform at public concerts. » read more

Album with Iranian creator ranked high by magazine

The joint album, Kula Kulluk Yakisir Mi, created by Iranian Kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish Baglama player Erdal Erzincan, has made Songlines magazine’s top ten list for 2013. » read more