Freemuse Newsletter no 3 / 2015

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Musicians are fleeing Burundi

Burundian artists are confronted with ever shrinking possibilities for open and free political speech. Well known singers and band members are being targeted and, if possible, manipulated to change their artistic or political style. Several musicians have fled the country. Freemuse reports from Burundi.

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Listen to the banned live

Lavon Volski, Deeyah Khan, Fermin Muguruza and (hopefully) Ramy Essam are joining Freemuse at the Festival 800 in Lincoln, United Kingdom on Saturday 5 September. (Ramy Essam’s application for visa to the UK has been refused, more info below). Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, Festival 800 in partnership with Freemuse have curated a unique programme including artist talks, concerts and film screenings. Meet the artists and Freemuse in Lincoln on Saturday.

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Singer Ramy Essam refused visa to UK

The Egyptian singer and Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam has been refused a visit visa to the United Kingdom. He was supposed to take part in the Festival 800 in Lincoln on Saturday 5 September 2015 as part of the full day event ‘Listen to the banned’.

Freemuse Executive Director, Ole Reitov commented the refusal: “This is a scandal. Ramy Essam has been invited to the USA, Norway, Germany and several other countries during the past year. He has met the Swedish Minister of Culture, the President of the Norwegian Parliament and is currently hosted by Malmö City Council. The refusal argument is complete nonsense and shows bureaucratic arrogance.”

Read more: Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam refused visa

→ On Friday 4 September Ramy Essam will be joining Freemuse on stage in Denmark as part of Copenhagen World Music Festival 

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Download the banned

L7a9ed (El Haqed), Morocco; Ramy Essam, Egypt; Arabian Knightz, Egypt; Refugees of Rap, Palestine/Syria; Salomé MC, Iran; Palestinian Rapperz, Gaza; Armada Bizerta, Tunisia and Moe Hamzeh, Lebanon are just some of the artists who’ve joined forces with the goal of recording some of the most controversial political songs ever to come out of Africa – the songs of Fela Kuti. In collaboration with the artists and producers Freemuse offers the first recording free for download.

Freemuse presents: From Zombies to Revolutionaries

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Web journalist: Join Freemuse

Freemuse is looking for a skilled web journalist, who is familiar with human rights issues, arts and culture. The position is currently 28 hours pr week. Job location is Copenhagen. Application deadline: Monday 7 September 2015 at 12:00pm noon.

Read more: Vacancies

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Censorship in Turkey: Nothing has changed

In terms of censorship nothing has changed, says Selda Bağcan, one of Turkey’s high profile artists to emerge from the golden era of Turkey’s 70s folk music. Commenting on the current situation in the country, Bağcan, whose political songs landed her in prison three times between 1981 and 1984, in a recent interview said: “If I were to come face to face with censorship I would still never bow down.”

Last year Freemuse and our Turkish partner Siyah Bant submitted a report on artistic freedom violations in Turkey to the UN Human Rights Council and followed up in with an update ahead of the Human Rights Councils’ adoptation of Turkey’s UPR.

 

 

 

 

Read more about the UN submission: Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities .

 

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