Iran's forbidden music scene by Travis Beard

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This so called gang of rappers is called: Hidden Mafia, their leader H-Steps says they sing about issues for the people of Tehran and they have a strong folowong in the southern, poorer suburbs of Tehran. Since the revolution of 1978, Iran has been living under strict Islamic rule. One law that has been enforced on iranian is banning the preformance of western music in public. Jazz, rock, hip hop, heavy metal and more have been deemed forbidden by the government. Despite threats od imprisonment, whipping and other punisments, Tehran youth defy the ban and continue to create music in underground studios. Some who are good enough are signed up by record companies overseas and eventually leave Iran for more prosperous oppportunities in the West. But some are ademant about staying in Iran and trying to build a music scene under the increasingly difficult condtions.