African reggae-star Tiken Jah Fakoly first Freemuse Award winner
Tiken Jah Fakoly, the outspoken Ivorian reggae singer who has tirelessly denounced political
corruption, is the first winner of the new Freemuse Award. An idol for millions of Africans,
who feel disenfranchised and repressed, Tiken Jah has never compromised. In December 2007
he was declared ‘persona non grata’ in Senegal after critisising Senegal’s president and
calling for democracy.
The Freemuse Award is announced today at Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center on the occasion of
Music Freedom Day.
Music Freedom Day marked world-wide – from Afghanistan to Congo and Oslo
Today, musicians, media and schools on five continents mark the annual ‘Music Freedom Day’.
In Afghanistan where musical freedom is still limited, 1,000 balloons will fly over
Mazar-i-Sharif City to convey the message to the world that Afghans also love music!
Music Freedom Day concert broadcasted in 13 countries
The Music Freedom Day concert featuring Ferhat Tunç, Kris Kristofferson, Marie Boine
and Chiwoniso will be broadcasted in 13 countries in Europe. Recorded by Norwegian
Broadcasting Corporation and organised by Rikskonsertene, the concert takes place at
Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center. Amongst the countries who will broadcast the concert are
Serbia, Portugal, Poland and Iceland.
Radio Freemuse: Censorship in Africa and Pakistan
Radio Freemuse is “on air”. Three radio programmes produced specifically for
community radios are now available for broadcasters.
A 15 minutes radio report focus on censorship in Africa and includes interviews
with Tiken Jah Fakoly, Chiwoniso, Femi Kuti, Fadal Day, and Roger Lucey. Another
programme focus on Taliban attacks on music shops in Pakistan. This programme is
in Pashto language and includes a full English transcription.
Freemuse’s radio service includes a report on censorship in Zimbabwe as well.
Afghan musicians speak out about censorship
During the Taliban regime all music was banned in Afghanistan. But even before this
dark chapter of Afghan history musicians suffered from censorship. Freemuse now
presents 10 unique video interviews with Afghan musicians – as a follow-up on
John Baily’s Freemuse report ‘Can you stop the birds singing?’
‘Stopping the Music’ at Museum of World Cultures
On 6 March ‘Stopping the Music’ is screened at the Museum of World Cultures in
Gothenburg, Sweden. The event is part of a major exhibition on resistance
and underground movements/music. Michael Drewett’s exhibition about music
censorship in South Africa during apartheid is also part of the exhibition.
Singer Roger Lucey, former police agent Paul Erasmus, and Freemuse are invited to
present and discuss the film.
One million visitors on freemuse.org
At the Freemuse secretariat, we opened a bottle of champagne last week, celebrating that our website
www.freemuse.org has now had its first 1,000,000 visitors. The website has also recently been appoved
to become part of the global ‘Google News’ service which is expected to give the Freemuse news
stories even more coverage in international media.