Concerts in Iran cancelled by religious pressure

Two Iranian musicians had their concerts cancelled by the Iranian authorities because of pressure from religious fanatics. Shahram Razavi and Kayvan Kalhor are two very well-known musicians in Iran and both were appalled to find out that their concerts, for which they had previously received permission from the authorities were cancelled. The reasons for the cancellations are vague and include “complaints from the families of martyrs”. These cancellations follow a string of others for various reasons, including cancelling concerts in which women were on stage. The musicians have written a letter of protest to the Iranian Judiciary Chief but they should not expect any real change since the officials who cancelled the shows only mirror the attitude of the regime and the Supreme Leader on music which, according to Khamenei will “lead people away from the path of God”.


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