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Israeli singer to release album of secret collaboration with Iranian artists

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An Israeli singer of Persian heritage will next month release an album she put together by secretly collaborating with Iranian artists, the UK Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

Liraz Charhi admitted in an interview that she feared for the lives of those who worked with her in Iran, a bitter foe of her native country that passed a law earlier this year making it illegal to cooperate with the Jewish state.

“Technically, it was very difficult,” Charhi, 42, said. “But emotionally, it was much more difficult. I felt night after night that I was doing a bad thing and these people could be arrested.”

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Charhi, whose parents were from Iran, explained that for a long time she’d wanted to work with Iranians on a music project.

She contacted Iranian artists online, seeking out singers, composers, and those who could play the traditional bağlama stringed instrument.

Many were eager to work with her, though some insisted that their........

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