February 03, 2019 10:06
News ID: 4176

(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.

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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.

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The wait is no on for a decision to be made about the Hamid Askari ensemble.

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