The music of the Persian underground

Rock, rap and most forms of pop music are banned in Iran, because the government there believes it pollutes young minds and lead them to an un-Islamic world. Women are not allowed to sing in public and all published music must be approved by officials in Tehran.

For the BBC World Service's Freedom2014 series, Behzad Bolour travelled to Sweden and Georgia to meet Iranian exiles who have found freedom of expression through music - which would be banned in their native country.

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The Persian Underground can be heard on the BBC World Service from Tuesday 25 February 2014.

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All images subject to copyright. Photography by Danesh Sarouie (Sweden) and Sascha (Georgia).

Audio by Behzad Bolour and Ali Hamedani.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 24 February 2014.


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