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Tom Jones, with politics.

Eddie Mair | 15:08 UK time, Friday, 19 March 2010

Forgive the repeat from yesterday but this is the BBC:


Nigel Wrench writes: "This is the veteran pop star deemed so dangerous in his home country that he's banned there.

Ebrahim Hamedi, known to his fans as Ebi, sings in Farsi, which may be why you've never heard of him. In Iran, his songs are listened to illicitly. He's not been there since before the Islamic revolution in 1979, so won't be there to celebrate Persian new year on Saturday.

Mr Hamedi has been in London to record an acoustic concert for the BBC's Persian Television Service, to be broadcast at the weekend, and I've been speaking to him for tonight's PM.

Here's another picture from that session at Bush Hall, West London (all our photographs are by Saaed Jodat).


His voice is famous in concert halls from Sydney to Los Angeles. Think Tom Jones with added politics. Because it's his lyrics that have upset the authorities in Teheran.

Take his song "Tasmim", which means "decide" in Farsi, released just before last year's elections:

"Iran has given us such courage
Our Iran, is in ruins while our lions are in this condition
Our Iran, is in ruins while our elders remain asleep
Yes, say it that you won't be sleeping
Yes, say you wont allow it".

The video is here. If you spool through to the last image, you'll see his message in not-so-subtle metaphor.

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Final "treat". This reporter with the Iranian star.

Ebi's at the Royal Albert Hall next month in a charity concert, if you happen to be in London."


  • 1. At 4:03pm on 19 Mar 2010, DiY wrote:

    LOL, next I 'spose we will get Radio 6 blasting at about 5.30 then?

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  • 2. At 4:18pm on 19 Mar 2010, jonnie wrote:

    .... or yesterdays weather ;-)

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  • 3. At 4:22pm on 19 Mar 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Yesterday's weather was better than today's, round here ... could've done with another mix-up.

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  • 4. At 5:36pm on 19 Mar 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    You know the Shah of Persia whom the British helped overthrow the democratically elected Mosedeq, cos he wanted to bring in public ownership, at a signal which the BBC broadcast, and whom, thank goodness, the 1979 revolution brought down, well...

    ....isn't Shah - ism one of the anti-democratic forces the British are encouraging in Tehran again, these days?

    What does this bloke think of Shah Reza?

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