Yeah, Iran. You know, Iran.
From the BBC:
Last month, the [Iranian] government announced a campaign against rap music, which it considers obscene.
But De Burgh, known for soft rock ballads like Don’t Pay The Ferryman, seems unlikely to raise the ire of the ministry for culture and Islamic guidance.
According to the report, de Burgh’s lyrics have been translated and turned into a popular book of poetry in Iran, and his cassettes and CDs are still in wide circulation. While western music is pretty much forbotten over there, Chris de Burgh gets a pass because his music is seen as ‘revolutionary.’ For the concert, de Burgh will be playing with the Iranian pop group Arian, purportedly the first band in Iran to have both male and female singers performing together. (Yes, Iran’s really breaking their stride here.) The two camps have recently recorded a song titled “A Melody for Peace,” which according to Arian’s manager Mohsen Rajabpour, was intended “to reflect the peace-seeking spirit of the Iranian people to the world”. This comes hot on the heels of the news that Russia is sending uranium to Iran, on the promise that they “get it back afterwards.”
Okay, so to recap, Iranian seeks peace, Chris De Burgh’s music is revolutionary, oh and Russia just sent uranium to Iran. Have a good Monday.