Afsaneh Rasaei is a Persian vocalist who began training with Mahmoud Karimi in 1974. After Islamic Revolution it was forbidden for women to perform in public, so all the activities of women vocalists was limited to teaching. Now Iranian women are permitted to perform in concert with men, not solo. However she was one of the pioneers in Iran to sing thoroughly and singularly in the concerts, even though men were present. Rasaei has worked with Hossein Alizadeh in the Hamavayan Ensemble.