Iranian musician Rajabian risks prison for new album

Written by on September 15, 2021

Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian faces prison for making music.

He has already spent two years locked up – including a spell in solitary confinement and a hunger strike – for releasing songs the Iranian authorities did not agree with. But he is undeterred.

Rajabian has been working undercover from the basement of his home in Sari, northern Iran, to create a new album.
Called Coup Of The Gods, it features a Brazilian orchestra, alongside musicians from Turkey, Russia, India, Argentina and two female singers from the US, Lizzy O’Very and Aubrey Johnson.

When Rajabian announced his intention to work with female musicians last year, he was arrested and taken to court, where a judge told him he was “encouraging prostitution”, because female vocalists are effectively banned in Iran.

Credit: BBC

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