Middle East Eye:
Googoosh, one of Iran’s famous pre-revolutionary singers banned from performing in her own country for 20 years, has fallen foul of Donald Trump's ban on Muslims and barred from boarding a US-bound flight.
The singer, 66, whose real name is Faegheh Atashin, was told on Tuesday she was not allowed to fly from Heathrow to the US, where she was due to perform.
Reports say she was advised by her lawyers not to attempt to fly to the United States.
Googoosh, who holds a US Green Card, which grants her permanent legal residency, was in London recording a studio album.
She is the latest high-profile Iranian to be caught up in the Trump "strong borders" executive order, that bars citizens of seven countries including Iran, from entering the US.
Trita Parsi from the National Iranian American Council confirmed Googoosh’s flight denial on Twitter.
Googoosh was also in London in 1979 recording an album when the revolution in Iran succeeded.
She was forced to give up singing for almost 20 years after the revolutionaries banned female performance, and was imprisoned for a month in 1980 by the Iranian government.
Googoosh maintained her fame as future generations kept her music alive by making bootleg copies and relying on US-based dissident channels to hear her old performances.
She resumed touring at the start of the century and has attracted a keen following outside her own country.
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