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Punjab govt launches crackdown on musicians involved in making anti-govt songs

KARACHI: The Punjab government on Thursday launched crackdown on the musicians involved in making songs against the ruling party and government, ARY News reported. The provincial government has lodged cases against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s sound system manager DJ Wali Son, Qawwal Sher Miandad, his manager, lyricist Qaiser Nadeem Guddu, male singer Malkoo and female singer Shagufta Awan. The musicians have made different songs exposing the government’s corruption and negligence in different sectors.

Atop Palmyra’s damaged theatre, Syrian musicians sing of return

PALMYRA, SYRIA: Atop the ruins of Syria's famed Palmyra theatre, recently recaptured from the Islamic State group, teenage musician Angel Dayoub sings an old Arabic favourite: "We're coming back, oh love, we're coming back." The 15-year-old's voice floats over the ancient Roman theatre, heavily damaged then abandoned by IS militants on Thursday as Russian-backed government forces drew near. "A little destruction won't stop us from coming here to play and sing on this stage, despite what happened to it," Dayoub tells…

Iran orchestra barred over women musicians

TEHRAN: A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said on Sunday.