Government’s hostility to music in Iran “worse than in Afghanistan”

Prominent Iranian musician Hossein Alizadeh claims that the pressure on music and musicians in Iran is incomparably higher than in any other Islamic country in the world.

Alizadeh made the comments after watching a concert in Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, which opened to the public after a 22-month hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Alizadeh pointed out that even the Taliban are gradually opening Afghan music conservatories.

He appreciated the solidarity between Iranian artists, saying: “If music is insulted, we are all insulted.

His criticism was apparently a reaction to recent remarks by Iranian lawmakerKazem Mousavi, who said Western musical instruments should not be allowed in an Islamic country, noting that anyone who wants a different way of life should leave Iran.

According to the head of the customs administration, Iran has classified musical instruments – along with sunglasses and more than a thousand other products – as luxury items and has banned their importation.

In a meeting Thursday with Minister of Culture Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili, cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda artists criticized in Iranto feel entitled.

“You have to ask them what they did for the Islamic revolution,” said the staunch supporter of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is the father-in-law of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

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