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.
VOB or Voice of Baceprot is a young metal band from Indonesia. The country has the largest Muslim population of any country on the planet and the Islamic faith, as most religions, is known to have certain restrictions on the arts.
Religious pressure has not stopped these young girls in making the music they love. As band member Firdda Kurnia explains in an article by South China Morning Post: “I think gender equality should be supported, because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman”.
In the same article she goes on saying: “I play metal music as a hobby, but my religion is my personal relationship with God. My lyrics are ‘clean’; we sing about our restlessness, about the state of our Mother Earth, about the education system in Indonesia”.
Halldór is the managing editor of Shouts – Music from the Rooftops!, an investigative journalist, audio engineer and an animal rights activist on a nomad journey through Europe – still without a definite destination.
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