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Iranian vocalist, headliner at Segerstrom Nowruz celebration interrogated, denied U.S. entry

Iranian vocalist, Alireza Ghorbani
Photo by Vafa Khatami
Source: Daily Pilot

A sold-out celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts Saturday featured appearances by some of the most renowned performers of Iranian music, song and dance — but one headliner was noticeably absent.

Organizers of the show reported famed Iranian vocalist Alireza Ghorbani, a legal resident of Canada, was unable to attend after being detained by agents in an airport in Toronto Friday and refused entry to the United States following an interrogation.

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