(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance who is responsible for giving concert permits has issued a notification about the suspension of the activities of concert organizers for well-known pop singer Hamid Askari.
The notification reads: “The stage performance steering committee is currently investigating permit violations by the Hamid Askari ensemble in their recent concert; the group and its organizers are suspended until further notice.”
Persia Digest (PD) reports that the reason has been cited as the solo singing of a woman vocalist in Askari’s last concert. Sharia law in Iran forbids women from singing in the presence of men. Women can only sing for an all-woman audience.
Despite these restrictions, accompanying woman vocalist, Negin Parsa, who was performing alongside Askari sang on her own for a few seconds. Concert hall organizers immediately cut off the microphones, but Hamid Askari gave her his mic to continue. The event went viral on social media in Iran.
The wait is no on for a decision to be made about the Hamid Askari ensemble.
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