Speech by Ms. Ms. Maalouma Meida Mint, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998
My songs quickly became easy to repeat and were extended to other societies of the Middle East and North Africa. For this reason I expected much support and encouragement from the government but unfortunately the authorities did not understand me at all. In fact our culture gives little attention to musical development. There is not one single academic curriculum in the country today that teaches music or develops it.
In 1991 I sang a song about “freedom of speech” and another about the “beloved of the people” who was about the man holding the opposition during the electoral presidential votes in 1991. Since then the ruling party decided to impose a sanction against me and I was soon banned from national TV and radio.
The authorities banned me from concerts and from all contact I had with organisations. They denied me having a permanent address. Before I was always invited by all the top embassies at all ceremonies. I have been banned out of all these contacts, both socially as well as professionally.
I have written several songs on politics although they are not well recorded due to the poor equipment in Mauritania. Since my sanctions I have not travelled anywhere for the progression of my career. I live in hard conditions of which I could perhaps speak more about to you later.
Again I thank you for your interest and co-operation.
Yours faithfully Maalouma
|1st Freemuse World Conference On Music and Censorship
The 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in November 1998. Among the participants were musicians, reseachers, human rights activists and journalists from all over the world.
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