Tunisia: Released rapper free to perform




Released rapper free to perform

Hamada Ben-Amor, the artist who gave voice to the anger that spilled into protests that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, is now courted by music houses and making videos in plain sight.

Hamada Ben-Amor, who shot to Internet fame with his rap song “President”, a dig at President Ben Ali’s corruption, was arrested on in the beginning of January 2011 at the height of the wave of unrest that has come to be known as the Jasmine Revolution.

According to AFP and various media sources, the 21-year-old says his aim was to draw Ben Ali’s attention the misery and repression suffered by many in Tunisia.

In three days of detention at the interior ministry in the capital Tunis, the police “were trying to find out if I belonged to any political group” and “told me to drop political subjects,” he told AFP.

The transitional government in charge until elections can be organised has loosened the grip of the previous regime, allowing unprecedented media and political freedoms.

Hamada Ben-Amor, who is known as El General among his fans, said he has since received recording offers from international and national production houses and plan to concentrate on rap and expand his musical repertoire of more than 30 songs.

According to AFP the young rapper has also been invited to perform at the 10,000-seater El Menzah stadium close to Tunis.

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Jakarta Globe–26 January 2011

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