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1/4/07

French Gig Could Land Iranian Musician In Prison

 
January 4, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian authorities have reportedly sentenced a member of a well-known band to two years in prison for insulting Islam during a show in France.
 
A colleague said Habib Meftah Bushehri was convicted in connection with a performance in France in 2006, during which their group, Shanbezadeh, played religious music.
 
 
Band leader Saeed Shanbezadeh told Radio Farda in an interview from Paris that the court issued its sentence after viewing a recording of the performance.
 
"The judge's interpretation is that our work is an insult to sanctities because we played [the southern Iranian city of] Bushehr's religious music," Shanbezadeh said. "The religious music of Bushehr is some of the strongest and most beautiful music in southern Iran; it's an important part of our culture. I'm surprised that someone can issue such a verdict."
 
Shabezadeh said Meftah Bushehri's case is being reviewed and that he is not allowed to leave Iran.
 
Iranian officials have not commented on the case.
 
 
Background 

TEHRAN, June 5 (Mehr News Agency) – Ney-anban (Iranian bagpipe) player and composer Saeid Shanbezadeh and his band will be giving a concert in front of the European Parliament of Belgium on June 7 and 8, the student news agency ISNA reported here on Monday.

The band along with an ensemble of French musicians will perform a medley of Bushehri music, aiming to convey the message of peace and friendship to the world.

Shanbezadeh and his band gave a performance at a research music concert in Paris last year.

Shanbezadeh was born in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr. He studied under the old masters of Bushehr in the childhood and acquired proficiency on several instruments.

He has conducted ethno-musicological research throughout the province and has become a living encyclopedia of his vast musical repertoire.

Shanbezadeh lives in Paris and heads the Bushehri traditional ensemble Zar that has thrilled audiences throughout the world.

He has also played the role of narrator in the film "Dialogue with Wind" directed by Bahram Beizaii.

 

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