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This Week’s Online Events: Female Vocalists In Iran And Music And Protest

This Thursday, 12th of November, there are two online events that possibly can interest Shouts’ readers. The first event is a talk given by Nahid Siamdoust, as part of her fellowship at Harvard’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. She will talk about “the ban on women’s solo vocals in Iran.”

“Her research project, “Women Singing: The Regulation of Solo Female Vocals in Iran’s Hypermediated Public Sphere,” investigates whether processes occurring in Iran’s hypermediated public sphere can drive the Islamic Republic to redefine its rulings.”

This event starts at 3:00 pm EST (8:00 pm GMT). This event is supposed to last 1 hour.

Register here: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i0Iurp5WQJmv9PUIhQaP_w

Musicians On The Frontlines is a series of panel discussions, community events and concerts and this Thursday the organisers will be joined by interesting musicians from different parts of the globe:

“Allan Ballinger and Kenneth Long will be joined by Aaron Jaffaris and Byron Au Yong, creators of the Activist Songbook, and Ameen Mokdad, musician activist in Baghdad, Iraq. Together they will discuss music and protest. ​Read about the Activist Songbook here. Read about the work of Ameen Mokdad here.

This event starts at 4:00 pm EST (9:00 pm GMT).

Register here: https://www.cuatropuntos.org/musicpolitics2020panel.html

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Forced To Seek Asylum Because Of Her Music: Video Of The Day

In Iran the Islamic government restricts women from performing their music alone on stage. For one musician, Farzane Zamen, this drove her out of her home country and eventually forced her to seek asylum in Scotland.

Today she is a working musician in that foreign place. Time will only tell if she will be safe to travel back to Iran but until then she will continue to make her music.

This Is Illegal Music – Let’s All Share It

Mehdi Rajabian once served two years, of a larger sentence, in prison in Tehran, Iran, for making music. The oppression the government shows artists in the country is immense but some people, like Mehdi, continue to create beauty despite the threat of incarceration.

His latest work needs to be shared by the rest of us who are not facing the same hardship. This beautiful album, which can be streamed below, features artists from 12 middle eastern countries and includes songs recorded during war and during an escape on a boat by a refugee.

Mehdi Rajabian on Facebook
Mehdi’s profile on Freemuse

Cover photo ©Mehdi Rajabian