While the Blood of Iranian Protesters is Still Running in the Streets, Mansour is Having a Concert in Toronto!

Sayeh Hassan
by Sayeh Hassan

I recently wrote an article about Mansour, the Iranian singer who had a concert in NOKIA CLUB in Los Angeles on September 26th 2009. This was quite disturbing since NOKIA has provided the Iranian regime with a "monitoring center" that enables security forces to tap cell phones, scramble text-messages, and interrupt calls. NOKIA's new surveillance system has enhanced the regime's ability to crack down on dissent during recent protests.

For an Iranian singer to have a concert in club NOKIA, after the bloody protests in Iran and the arrest, torture, rape and death of so many protestors, where NOKIA was at least partly responsible for the crack down on the dissidents is very shameful.

By refusing to cancel the concert or change its location Mansour made it clear that the plight of freedom loving Iranians does not concern him. He held his concert at the expense of the blood of young Iranians who are fighting for freedom in Iran.

Mansour is having a concert in Toronto on November 28th 2009 at the International Centre. Even though I have always been a big fan of Mansour, I will be boycotting his upcoming concert as well as any other concert he may have in the future. His betrayal of the Iranian people will not be forgotten.

I urge all freedom loving Iranians to boycott his Toronto concert and send him a loud and clear message that the betrayal of the pro-democracy movement of the Iranian people in Iran will not be tolerated by Iranians abroad.

Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran


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by Shah.Heir on

you sir/madamme are what we in the arts community refer to as "sell-out". as an aspiring artist myself if somebody offered me $100k to perform at nokia center i would curse at them... Peace


Having held numerous Persian concerts...

by Shah.Heir on

i would have to argue that you may be the one that is suffering from something, anyways. yes, when somebody decides to put on a concert whether it is for community or for profit, they have to book a venue, ANY VENUE!!! and yes they usually pay the artist and fly him/her to the location... to give more money to an institution that is helping to kill, torture, etc people isnt exactly artsy-fartsy either they just dont care or they support this regime. I wonder if he could put on a show in Tehran...

Anahid Hojjati

irannostalgia, you raise some good points

by Anahid Hojjati on

Yes, artists and for that, no working person has total control on their working conditions.


delusional lady..

by irannostalgia.com on

 Lady, you live in some fantasy world.  Have you ever worked in an office or somewhere real?  Do you think these Iranian entertainers can change venues and cancel here and there so easily as if they had millions of extra dollars sitting around?

How many millions of people have Nokia cell phones? 

Artists don't give concerts by themselves, they've hired musicians and dancers they have to pay. Sound engineer they have to pay. This and that logistic.

It looks like you have had some sort of "nowkar" at your service your entire life and think that you can just demand the sun and the moon with a finger snap and "expect" someone is going to give it to you.

Get a life woman! 







by Shah.Heir on

is it possible that Mansour supports the established government currently ruling Iran? either way thanks for the information, I will no longer in anyway support this artist .

Yadam Beh-Khair

Your motives

by Yadam Beh-Khair on

Your motives here are questionable..

Anahid Hojjati

Your anger should be directed against AN

by Anahid Hojjati on

Please direct your anger against AN and company. Mansour is not our enemy and should not be treated like one. Has he said anything pro AN or against movement?

Sayeh Hassan

This post is not about not

by Sayeh Hassan on

This post is not about not having fun or not partying or holding continious vigils, it is about one singer choosing to hold a concert at a perticular location, that being club NOKIA.  He c ould have done it at any other location but he didn't.

  • That is the reason I will be boycotting, and I really don't think any excuse to get together is good, we're not cows, we're people and we should be able to distinguish between certain things.  Plus most people i know including myself don't go to concerts to organize political activities, we go to have fun, and I am sure we can find another place or another singer or another club that doesn't have people's blood on it.


Sayeh Hassan


I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

this is not really productive!

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

do you want iranian americans iranian canadians and and rest of us expats to hold our breathing and just meditate and organize vigils? not only does life go on, but people must earn livings! they must work. they must play. even in tehran right now, there are people having sex and having parties. people working and eating chelo kabob. 

i do like what you say about the nokia club. you have a good point there.  

I'm not sure that targeting mansour is going to do any good. your blog reminds me of the 300 protests.  think of it this way: the more opportunity iranians have to be in big groups, they more they will communicate and organize other things. please support all iranians. even mansour and his annoying music. 


Ey-ranians are moftkhor

by Javadagha on

Ey-ranians are moftkhor, they will line up in thousands to go to a concert, but they won't give a damn about a worthy cause, especially if they are asked to contribute financially.


Life goes on; it's a cruel fact

by میرزاقشمشم on

Are you sure about the real reason behind your anger or whatever you may call it? 

what if you had someone to go to one of these concerts with?