Iran's Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a superstar of Persian classical music, walks onstage to perform with his son Homayoun and the Ava Ensemble to a largely Iranian audience at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2008. Heinz Ruckemann/UPI Photo / Landov hide caption

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50 Great Voices

Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Protest Through Poetry

The Iranian singer is the country's most famous protest singer — even though, strictly speaking, his songs don't directly denounce the government at all.

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