FREEMUSE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
|Daniel Brown (USA/France)
Vice-Chair of Freemuse. Freelance journalist. Former senior staff journalist in the English Service of Radio France International (RFI). He has been covering cross-cultural and hybrid music since 1995. The Paris-based journalist has been producing the weekly programme World Tracks for RFI for twelve years. Brown worked with film director Rex Bloomstein on the feature-length documentary An Independent Mind on censorship and freedom of expression in the world. He was also music advisor for the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool which opened its doors in August 2007.
|Frank Geary (Ireland)
Frank Geary is a civil society leader with national and international experience working in freedom of expression, human rights, culture and development education. He is director of IDEA, the Irish Development Education Association, an Irish national platform for the advancement of development education and global justice. As Deputy Director and Interim Director of PEN International, he worked with civil society actors in over 100 countries, initiated PEN’s international civil society programmes, and developed networks focusing on freedom of expression in many regions of the world.
Publications include a chapter on freedom of expression in the CIVICUS 2013 State of Civil Society Report. He has been a music promoter, a DJ and has worked with contemporary music ensembles.
|Krister Malm (Sweden)
Established musicologist specialised in global music issues and author of amongst others ‘Big Sounds from Small Peoples – the music industry in small countries’ and ‘Music, Media, Multiculture’. Former General Director of the Swedish National Collections of Music and former President of International Council for Traditional Music. Founding member of Freemuse.
|Layla Al-Zubaidi (South Africa/Germany)
The director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s office in Cape Town, South Africa. Has studied Ethnology, Middle Eastern Studies and Archaeology in Germany and the US, and holds a Masters degree from Freie Universität Berlin. Specialised in issues of development, culture and media, and has published the study ‘Walking a Tightrope: News Media and Freedom of Expression in the Arab Middle East’ (2004). In 2005, she coordinated the regional conference ‘Freedom of Expression in Music’ in Beirut organised by Freemuse in collaboration with HBF.
|Samm Farai Monro (Zimbabwe)
Samm Farai Monro is one of Zimbabwe’s pioneering artists, activists and organisers. Better known as Comrade Fatso he juggles being a poet, a comedian, a festival director, a new media publisher and a creative director. He currently runs Magamba Network, a youth organisation formed in 2007 that uses cultural, media and youth activism in the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe. Comrade Fatso is regarded as one of the leading Zimbabwean spoken word artists. Together with his band Chabvondoka, he released their debut album ‘House Of Hunger’ in 2008 which was banned on state-controlled airwaves because of its critique of the government. Comrade Fatso is also in high demand as a stand-up comedian.