Iranian Banned From Singing In Her Country To Perform In Wrocław

Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat is all set to to sing in Wrocław at the National Music Forum this Saturday.

Although Mahsa has sung at many concerts in various continents, she has never been allowed to sing in her homeland.

For over 40 years, the Iranian Government have banned women from singing. However, this did not come as a dead end to Mahsa and her sister, Marjan Vahdat. In fact, they thrived and rose to fame despite these difficult circumstances.

The duo’s talents were first broadcasted thanks to the release of their album “underground”. The following music video, titled Twinklings of Hope, is an example of the music on the record. Despite being from the “underground” LP, the video was filmed way above the ground on a rooftops in Tehran.

The Vahdat sisters sometimes sing solo but mostly together. They have performed in various parts of Asia, Europe, America, and Africa in collaboration with renowned international musicians.

In 2004, Mahsa and Marjan took part in the production of an album named Lullabies from the Axis of Evil. The title was a reaction to the President Bush’s statement calling Iran, Iraq, and North Korea “the axis of evil”.

Being an ardent supporter of freedom of expression in music, Mahsa joined Freemuse Organization in 2007 as an ambassador. The objective of this independent organization is to defend freedom of artistic expression. In 2010, she was awarded the Freemuse Award.

Mahsa and the American ensemble, Kronos Quartet, started their cooperation in 2017. Their first joint performance was in San Francisco. This Saturday, on March 9 they will perform together again at the main hall of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet has been around for more than 40 years. Among their well-known works are some of the scores by the renowned English composer, Clint Mansell, for the Darren Aronovsky films Noah (2014), The Fountain (2006), and Requiem for a Dream (2000).

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