Hezbollah Shams al-Hurriyah ensemble wins award at Iranian anthem festival

TEHRAN – Hezbollah-affiliated ensemble Shams al-Hurriyah – Sun of Freedom Orchestra has been selected as the best group in the international section of the first edition of the Fajr National and International Anthem Festival.

The winners of the different sections of the event were honored on Wednesday evening at Vahdat Hall in Tehran during the festival’s closing ceremony, during which a message from the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, was delivered. read.

The leader called the anthem “a valuable artistic skill for spreading wisdom and practical values” and added, “The combination of words, voices and music in choral performances is the secret of the exceptional influence religious and national anthems all over the world, and thank God, Iranian talent and good taste in this field could have placed our dear country among the best.

“Now, with my thanks to all the promoters of the anthem, I advise them on the selective use of the above-mentioned three parts, the abnegation of pernicious imitation and the choice of themes based on Islamic, revolutionary and national values “, Ayatollah Khamenei noted. .

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili, Commander of Basij Organization Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani were among the officials who attended the closing ceremony of the festival.

One of the highlights of the closing ceremony was honoring “Salam Commander” as the anthem of the year. The chorale was recorded by eulogist Abuzar Ruhi and a choir of 313 children with a poem by Mehdi Banihashemi.

Different groups have performed the anthem at numerous rallies held by government organizations across the country over the past few years.

“‘Salam Commander’ has been one of the strongest anthems of the current year and has managed to catch the attention of many people at home and abroad,” Esmaeili said.

“This inspiring anthem can show the enemies the cultural capacity of the Islamic revolution,” he added.

“An anthem can be used as a weapon in the war of words, and as a shield against cultural invasion because the enemies strive to use any means to weaken the Islamic revolution, and an anthem is a effective way to communicate with its audience, that is why the Fajr Anthem Festival was started,” he said.

Hamid Shahangian, the composer of the famous hymn “Khomeini, Oh Imam!” was also honored for lifetime achievement in groundbreaking music.

Photo: Composer Hamid Shahangian (right) accepts a lifetime achievement award at the Fajr National and International Anthem Festival at Vahdat Hall in Tehran on July 13, 2022. (IRNA/Asghar Khamseh)

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