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Censorship of Music in Iran, an Unsolvable Issue, and the Words of Arman Afifeh, an Activist in the Field of Music

Arman Afifeh, an activist in the field of music, says about music censorship:

From the perspective of the Islamic Republic, music is an impure category, because it causes happiness. It is considered a sin to hear the voice of a female singer because it excites a man. In Iran, in the last 30 years, listening to some music, as well as western music, has been banned by the government. For this reason, this type of music found its way to the basements and is heard in secret. Also, the great musicians did not tolerate this suffering and restrictions and left Iran.

Also, Mr. Afifeh added:

But “in secret” does not mean that these musics have disappeared completely. Bahman Qabadi, Iranian Kurdish workers, has shown this issue in the 21st century in a film called “No one knows about Iranian cats”. In this film, which will be released in Spain on April 16, he has depicted the conditions prevailing in Iranian society in this regard.

Some political governments and nations with strong religious backgrounds prohibit freedom in music. And this is while almost all aspects of art in Iran in the 21st century face prohibitions and most works of art are produced in secret. For example, the movie “No one knows about Iranian cats” tells the true story of Ashkan and Negar, two young musicians who are both invited to a festival in England, but to go to this festival they need a visa and a  The band needs music. With the help of Nader [Hamid Behdad], who is a music producer, they try to find musicians in Tehran and form a band against the prohibitions set by the government. Due to the severe censorship in Iran, they have to play music secretly. Bahman Qobadi, the workers of this film, says: “Currently, more than 3,000 musical groups are secretly active in Iran.”

Considering that it is almost forbidden to take dogs and cats out of the house in Iran, and considering the high prices of Persian cats, Bahman Ghobadi used this metaphor for his film, and in this way, the ban on music in Iran and the lack of freedom for musicians. has pointed out  This well-known director, who once went to jail for protesting against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says: “90 percent of works of art in Iran, including literature, music, and painting, are created secretly.”

But the solution proposed by Arman Afifeh is very interesting, Arman Afifeh says, limiting a subject will attract more attention to that subject. Governance should be based on freedom of expression and behavior. Art cannot be limited. We will not go back.