Iran: Band banned from festival due to women singing solo

Kurdish band Dayrak Khatoon was banned from performing at the International Festival of Tribal Music in Kermanshah, in western Iran, due to the band including women who also sing solo, reported Kurdistan Human Rights Network on 22 January 2017.

The organisation reported that a critical article was published in Marsad News accusing the band of “undermining” Islamic values.

The festival in Kermanshah, organised by the local branch of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, was held from 19-22 January 2017.

Women often targeted
Women in Iran are frequently discriminated across all walks of life, including women artists who have not been allowed to sing solo in front of mixed audiences since the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979.

In December 2015, authorities banned Majid Derakhshani from musical activity due to his collaboration with the Mah Banoo group, which is mostly comprised of women.

In November 2015, a concert by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because some of the musicians were women.

Photo: Dayrak Khatoon/Kurdistan Human Rights Network

Read more in the Freemuse Art Under Threat in 2016 report about how women artists were targeted across the world in 2016


» Kurdistan Human Rights Network – 22 January 2017
Kurdish music group banned from performing at Kermanshah festival

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