Underground Parties Rock Baghdad
Less armor, more metal. Heavy metal, electronic music and rock are daring the Iraqi capital’s youth to venture out after 16 years of warfare. The booming music scene has given birth to underground nightclubs, which have attracted notable DJs from Turkey and Dubai. For Iraqi youth, these underground parties offer an escape from conservative norms, militia violence and hard-line politics.
Are such gatherings accepted? Any display of “Western culture” is considered haram (forbidden) in the eyes of religious fundamentalists, whose death threats have driven at least one metal group to flee to the U.S.