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    Early life and career

    Ebi was born in Tehran, Iran as the oldest son to a and received early musical schooling. He was discovered by the Ministry of Art and Culture. Declining an offer of further classical schooling as an opera soloist in Italy, Ebi instead turned towards popular music as a member in the gorup "Sun Boys".[4] In the community of musiciants of Tehrani 70s Ebi met Shahram and Shahbal Shabpareh.[citation needed]

    Ebi eventually left "Sun Boys" to join "Black Cats" a group created by Shahbal Shabpareh. Together with Farhad Mehrad, guitar player Amir and keyboardist Jamhoor Esfahani (father of the well-known Iranian-born harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani) Ebi performed with the "Black Cats" at the Kochini club,[citation needed] witch was one of the most famous night clubs in Tehran in the years before the revolution.[citation needed] A major breakthrough was Ebi's performance of the song "Nights" (Persian: شب ) at Fereydoun Farrokhzad's TV-show "Mikhake Noghreyi".[4] Ebi has said that he owes his success to Fereydoun Farrokhzad.[citation needed]

    Now recognised as a solo artist, Ebi released several hit singels and soundtracks for Iranian films.[citation needed] He also won several prizes and awards around the world.[citation needed] It was during a series of planned concerts in the USA that Ebi, due to the events preciding the revolution of 1979, decided not to return to Iran.[4]Fame
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    He continued his career in Los Angeles with nearly no support but still managed to release many successful albums. Ebi sang many songs related to Iran, many of them with political messages. One of these songs was the famous controversial song, "Khalije Fars" (Persian Gulf) and Beshkan (literally meaning break this was possibly a message towards the revolution). During a concert in Dubai he once refused to sing the popular 'Persian Gulf', despite requests from his audience. Ebi was being sensitive to his Arab hosts and did not want to jeopardize his contract with them. Since then, many Iranians boycotted his concerts and he lost popularity amongst some Iranians for a short period of time. In an attempt to water down the accusations mounted against him, Ebi sings "Persian Gulf" in nearly all of his concerts to show his support for Iran and the Iranians. He occasionlly Sings Beshkan at select concerts only. Ebi's success in the past has sold out international arenas such as: Universal Amphitheatre, Shrine Auditorium, Greek Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Air Canada Centre, Great Western Forum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

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