Marjan Vahdat | When Inequality Becomes Censorship
Marjan Vahdat is a singer and musician from Iran. Marjan is prevented from performing on stages in her homeland, because ever since the revolution in 1979 it has been forbidden for female singers to perform for men in Iran. This has forced both Marjan and her sister Mahsa Vahdat to make their career internationally. Then it helps a lot to have an exceptional voice which defies borders of both language and culture. Marjan has made a remarkable impression on stages in many European countries, in the US, Australia, North Africa and in several countries in the Middle East outside of Iran.
Marjan releases her music at the Norwegian record company Kirkelig Kulturverksted, together with her sister Mahsa and as a solo artist. Her latest solo album, Serene Hope, was released this spring. The project gives new interpretations to classical poems from the Persian folk tradition and from some contemporary poets like Forough Farrokhzad and Mohammad Ebrahim Jafari.
At Boost, Marjan will participate in the conversation When Inequality Becomes Censorship. Marjan's apperance at Boost is in cooperation with SafeMUSE - Safe music Havens Initiative.
The debate is facilitated by Oslo World Music Festival, who devoted their whole festival to the topic of censorship in 2016.