Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has decided to ban music in Iran. In a specific fatwa of 2010, Khamenei described music as “not compatible” with the sacred values of the Islamic Republic. In an article published on The Guardian, Saeed Kamali Dehghan wrote that the decision of Khamenei arrived as an answer to a direct question. Supreme Leader comments came in response to a request for a ruling by a 21-year-old follower of his, who was thinking of starting music lessons, but wanted to know if they were acceptable according to Islam, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported. “It’s better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music” he said.
Despite the absurd and oppressive fatwa of the ruler, Iranian people love music and love to play in the streets or in hide rooms every time that they can. In the videos below, it is possible to see and listen Iranians musicians during their exhibitions in the street of the Iran.
Recently, also the national media had to admit the reality The group Avaye Parsian, traditional Persian music band, appeared on the national TV. This was the first time that a full band played instruments on State TV since 1979. Before the exhibition of Aveye Parsian another group, The Pallet, appeared on the late-night show Radio 7. Unfortunately, even considering these steps, Iran regime continues to harass artists and to forbids officially any kind of art not strictly connected with Islam and Khomeini values.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us7inGWrFys%5D