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Permit no permit - voices without permits silenced

Permit no permit - voices without permits silenced
ID : N-1029 Date : 2018/01/10 - 19:27

(Persia Digest) -The news was regretful. At last, after a year and a half from the death of Habib Mohebian, popular singer in the pop music genre, permit was issued to publish his album in Iran.

Pop music became known in Iran with Habib. Iranian singer of pop music who lived many years of his life in the United States; however, in 2009 he returned to Iran to live and work the remaining years of his life here. It was said that some officials in the administration of the former President Ahmadinedjad had given him promises to allow him to work in Iran and so he returned. Yet, it was as though he did not know that in the final years of his life he was going to spend time trying to obtain permit to publish his albums and constantly face negative responses from the authorities. He chose to remain silent during the seven years that he lived in Iran trying to obtain permits and stage a concert. He was only waiting to obtain the permit but death did not give him the time he needed. On June 10 of last year he passed away quietly in his home in north Iran. While his fans held a memorial service for passing and recited his songs by his gravesite, however, Habib never succeeded in obtaining permission to sing in Iran.

Outside Iran, Habib was known for many years as a singer from the Iranian neighborhoods of the City of Los Angeles and this very appellation was enough to take the likelihood that he would be able to sing in Iran to zero possibility.

Now, a year and a half have passed from the time of his death and eventually the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has recently issued a permit to have the album of his songs published.

The news that the permit for his music video “Dayreh” with vocals by Ahmadreza Mohebian and Samir Zand, with the not so clear image and voice of “Habib Mohebian” has been issued by the office of music of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is not attractive news for music enthusiasts and creates this question in the minds of many of music lovers who have lived many years abroad and have been engaged in music that: “Why a crooner who returns home does not have the permission to offer his art to his fellow countrymen?” How long this trend of refusing permission and this type of unkindness toward adherents of artistic works who wish to return home with love and hope will continue? Why the artist even in his own home country remains a stranger and for the sake of getting stuck in the bureaucracy to obtain a permit to publish his or her work or expression of his or her art has to wait for years to do so?

Habib was born on September 27 in 1947 in the Shemiran neighborhood of the city of Tehran. In his family, his brothers were also inclined toward music activities; however, Habib alone turned toward professional work in music.

Despite the fact that his brothers were inclined to play the violin, from the very beginning, Hamid’s interest was in playing the guitar. His adolescent years were concurrent with the emergence on the music scene in the world of The Beatles in the 1960s in Europe and this very same issue enhanced his interest toward music. By admission in a test organized by the national radio and television network in those days, he studied the principles of music under the supervision of Morteza Hannaneh (a famed Iranian music composer) and solutions in composition.

Later, Habib was recruited as singer in the national radio and television network. After two years of working in radio and television he was drafted into military service and there he became a crooner in social gatherings at the officers club. Before the Revolution in Iran, Habib, by publication of works such as “I am the lonely man of the night”, reached fame. Three years after the Revolution, Habib immigrated to the United States to continue his music works and singing abroad.

In 2009 he returned to Iran and when he passed away on June 10, 2016 he had not yet been able to obtain permission to publish his works and organize a concert.

“Permit, no Permit” is part of a song by the Iranian pop music crooner.

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