The young Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award.
The artist received the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 21 November 2011.
“My dream is to spread the voice of Egypt all over the world. Thank you for helping me in that,” said Ramy Essam.
His song ‘Irhal’ has been ranked as number 3 on a Top 100 list of songs that changed history.
The Nordic countries offer safe havens for writers who are persecuted in their homelands.
There should be an equal opportunity for composers and musicians, says SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council,
in a proposition addressed to the Swedish government and national politicians.
A summit organised by Freemuse and Danish PEN in Copenhagen on 9-11 December 2011 will explore options for establishing a global network for the protection and advocacy of artistic freedom of expression – composed of national and international artists’ organisations, networks, and freedom of expression organisations.
The summit is funded by the Danish Ministry of Culture.
In a meeting on Friday 9 December at 3-6 PM which is open to the public, artists and advocacy organisations will present recent examples of censorship of the arts, and discuss the effects of censorship and repression of artists.
Musicians in Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to face threats and attacks – especially in the regions bordering the two countries.
Two local support networks for musicians at risk were therefore established during two Freemuse workshops held in Kabul and Islamabad from 12-21 November.
The workshops, funded by Swedish Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression, conclude a series of Freemuse workshops which were also held in West Africa and the MENA region.
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