Simin Ghanem, born in 1944, was the quintessential girl-next-door. She dressed delicately and modestly and was neither showy nor flamboyant. It was her distinctive voice that carried her. Simin sung in school festivals from the age of nine and won a singing competition for Iran’s school children in 1962. She was one of the few musicians who remained in Iran after the revolution, turning her focus to humanitarian causes. It’s hard to believe that this once dainty girl is now old and robust enough to be a grandmother. Recently she has begun singing again with a group called Orchid Ensemble. The solo female voice is not permitted in front of a mixed-gender audience in Iran.