Iran - Axis of Evil
Andy and his production team were granted unprecedented freedom to travel the length of Iran without minders or official translators. A surprisingly truthful account of musical life in Iran.
Andy and his production team were granted unprecedented freedom to travel the length of Iran without minders or official translators. The result is a surprisingly truthful account of musical life in Iran.
Andy uncovers the underground music scene and describes the programme as "putting the fun into fundamentalism". He discovers underground heavy metal, rock, and attends an illegal rave in North Tehran. He records music all over the country including the self-mutilating Sufis of Kurdistan, a classical band in Esfahan, and African-influenced rap in the searing heat of the Persian Gulf .
He gets to grip with the appalling traffic in Tehran and has a go at crossing the road. He meets an urban planner who's just released Iran's first legal rap cassette, and, in a bored moment, discovers that the real reason for Persian music is to "stop old people being grumpy."
Andy also discovers a country full of young people desperate to perform and listen to music of whatever style, whenever and wherever they like. This programme is a unique mixture of professionally made, and extremely rare music recordings, as well as frank discussion with Iranians eager for change.
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Andy Kershaw in Tehran
Andy Kershaw visits the island of Hormuz before travelling to Tehran.
Beethoven’s Music Shop
In a music shop, Andy learns about the strict censorship rules governing pop music.
Andy goes in search of Ohum.
Andy goes in search of one of the best bands in Tehran – Ohum.
Islamic Revolution of Iran.
Andy explains the historical background to the Islamic Revolution of Iran.
The secret police.
Andy has been told that he’s being followed by the secret police.
Iran’s first professional rapper.
Andy meets Iran’s first professional rapper – Shakar.
Imam Khomeini mosque
Andy visits the Imam Khomeini mosque in Esfahan.
Andy has a haircut.
Andy has a haircut in Esfahan and discusses the previous night’s music with his guide.
The Kurdish area of Iran.
Andy is in the Kurdish area of Iran with a musician from the Kurdish community.
Andy Kershaw is in Kurdistan Province where Sufi dervishes gather during the week.
The straits of Hormuz
Andy arrives at a small village on the straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.
Underground Heavy Metal
Andy meets an underground Heavy Metal group who play in the attic of a house.
Iranians having having fun.
Andy reflects on what Iranians do to have fun.
Andy visits a secret party.
Andy visits a secret party - despite the clerics banning these.
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