Sixth festival against censorship in northern Spain
|Tuareg musicians, exiled Sierra Leonean musicians, a Malaysian cartoonist, a Cuban blogger, a Zimbabwean visual artists, and many more, are heading for Bilbao in Spain in the second week of November 2011 to attend the annual Festival against Censorship, ‘Zentsura At!’
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AZAROAK 07 NOVIEMBRE 2011ı 20:00 ı SALA BBK ı 20€
BOMBINO [Tuareg-Niger]Following several Tuareg rebellions against the Niger Government,
Bombino is known as the artist who is “trading guns for guitars”. Transblues-
rock form The Sahara.
BOMBINO: Guitarra y voz ı MOHAMED SERGE: Percusiones y voz ı IBRAHIM
EMOUD ATCHINGUIL: Batería, djembe, voz ı KAWISSAN MOHAMED: Guitarra.
AZAROAK 07-27 Noviembre ı Mediateka , 3ª planta . ALHONDIGABILBAO
AZAROAK 08 NOVIEMBRE 2011 ı 20:30 ı SALA BBK ı 20€
HUGH MASEKELA [Sudáfrica]The South African Music legend. Has covered the globe and played
with just about very top star you can think of. Masekela wrote a
number of international hits and sold several million CDs.
HUGH MASEKELA: Voz, trompeta ı LEEROY SAULS: Batería ı FRANCIS
FUSTER: Percusión ı FANA ZULU: Bajo ı CAMERON WARD: Guitarra
ı RANDAL SKIPPERS: Teclados.
AZAROAK 09 NOVIEMBRE 2011ı 20:00 ı SALA BBK ı 20€
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars [Sierra Leona]A group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while
living as refugees. A brutal civil war forced them from their homes in Sierra Leona.
Through music they find a place of refuge, a sense of purpose and a source of power.
REUBEN KOROMA: Voz principal ı ASHADE PEARCE: Guitarra ı JAHSON GBESSE BULL:
Guitarra rítmica y teclados ı DENNIS SANNOH: Bajo ı CHRISTOPHER DAVIES: Batería
ALBERTO MONCADA 1
VICENT SANCHIS 2 + CAR LES SANTA MARIA 3 + ZU NAR 4
ANTONIO ESCOHOTA DO 5
ZENTSURA AT !
“Zomb a by Bus”
“PERI ODISMO Y CENSURA GUBERNAMENTAL”
AZAROAK 11 NOVIEMBRE ı SALA BBK ı 19:30
AZAROAK 07-11 Noviembre ı Atrio de las Culturas , Zona
Azaroak 07 Noviembre ı Sala BBK ı 21:30
2006 FERHAT TUNÇ ı MIGUEL ANGEL ESTRELLA ı
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Hip-Hop on the frontline
For Arab countries and the Middle East, the influence and performance of hip-hop lights a few fuses. First, the debate that hip-hop’s cultural swamping is a harmful western import to Arab music and society. When al-Jazeera reported earlier this year on the Egyptian rappers MTM winning the best modern Arab act in the first Arabian Music Awards, it questioned whether it was a harmful influence – suggesting anxieties about the potentially corrupting lyrics and its harming traditional Arab music. Second, the implication of what has always given hip-hop appeal. Its words.
The rap form allows a powerful voice for political invective, and is being used on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Clotaire K, a hip-hop artist of Lebanese descent, raps in Arabic, French and American English. The bass-heavy beats on his album, Lebanese, are undeniably hip-hop but the Tarab string music is assertively Arab. The rap, when you can catch it, is a benign criticism of injustice.
On the other side, there is the voice of rightwing Zionism in rap. Subliminal, otherwise known as Kobi Shimoni, makes no bones about his stance. His rallying cry to the crowd at a concert is to ask them to wave their Israeli army dog tags in the air. One of his albums, The Light and the Shadow, has a muddy fist – that looks like a bloody one – on the cover, clutching a medallion Star of David. It’s selling well in Israel, and on one internet chart ranks above the Eurovision winner Dana International.