Hip-hop artist Azagaia arrested
On 30 July 2011, rapper and musician Azagaia was arrested by the Police of Criminal Investigation. The arrest took place a few hours before a concert where Azagaia was going to release a new video called ‘A Minha Geração’ (‘My Generation’), containing harsh criticism towards the government.
Azagaia is a strong critic of politics and society in Mozambique. He was arrested for allegedly possessing “suruma” (cannabis). Many Mozambicans who followed Azagaia’s detention through the media talked about that it was a possible trap, or as the Brazilians say, an “arapuca”. This was reported on by Global Voices Online. He was released and is waiting for a resolution of the criminal process in freedom.
The presentation of Azagaia’s most recent work, titled ‘Aza-leaks’, took place on 4 August 2011. His voice has troubled the government which has already tried to censor his songs on public television and radio, and even in some private media with close ties to the ruling party in Mozambique. He has reportedly been intimidated by the Attorney General’s Office on suspicion of “undermining state security” with the release of the song ‘Povo no Poder’ (‘People in Power’), where he sings about the death of the first president of Mozambique, Samora Machel.
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Global Voices – 4 August 2011:
‘Mozambique: Behind the Detention of MC Azagaia’
‘Free Azagaia (Oficial Movement Page)’
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