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11:30am EST: Radio Farda To Stream Live Concert by Mohammad-Reza Shajarian

Lebanon -- Persian traditional singer’s Mohammadreza Shajarian concert in Lebanon in Beiteddine Palace, Chouf, 06Aug2010
Today, February 17, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda will live stream a concert by famed Iranian musician Mohammad-Reza Shajarian direct from Dubai.

Shajarian is a renowned composer, singer, and master (ostad) of traditional Persian music, or dastgah, as it is known in Iran. Shajarian began his career in 1959 and has enjoyed domestic and international success ever since.

During the Iranian election protests of 2009, Shajarian drew controversy by expressing solidarity with the protestors after president Ahmadinejad dismissed them as “dust and trash.” Shajarian has called himself the voice of dust and trash and forbidden the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) from using his songs in its broadcasts.

Tune in today at 17:30 Prague time (11:30 am on the East Coast) to hear the show. Listen to the stream via Radio Farda here. On-demand links will be provided after the broadcast.