Music Freedom Day 2012 marked in 22 countries world-wide


06 March 2012

New record:
Music Freedom Day 2012 was marked
in 22 countries world-wide

From Brooklyn to Cairo and Kabul – musicians and artists in 22 countries that used the annual Music Freedom Day as an opportunity to highlight why the musical freedom of speech is important.

In Cairo, Ramy Essam, known as the ‘revolution singer’ from Tahrir Square, stood up as a spokesperson for the event, in the Pakistani capital Islamabad the day was marked with a concert where the musicians spoke sharply against the attacks on music which in recent years has cost many musicians life, especially in the northern part of the country.
It is the international freedom of expression organisation Freemuse, which six years ago took the initiative to music Freedom Day. The website for Music Freedom Day, has grown to be a global event that inspires a growing number of musicians, free speech advocates and institutions.

Senegal – Sierra Leone – Italy – Pakistan – Denmark – Hungary – USA

Music Freedom Day in Islamabad

Music Freedom Day in Peshawar
In Peshawar, the Minister of Information and Culture Mian Iftikhar Hussain called upon the artists’ and singer’s community to unite on one platform and work for the promotion of cultural activities in the province. He said that his government had extended financial support to 80 senior artists and singers, and also has had provided conducive environment to them to display their art.
Artists’ and singer’s problems would be solved on priority basis, he said, and an art academy is being constructed to benefit the artist community. The minister was speaking at Peshawar Press Club to mark the Music Freedom Day. Read more…

Silenced voices commemorated by choir
in Edingburgh, United Kingdom
Protest In Harmony, an Edinburgh-based radical choir, had their monthly gathering on Music Freedom Day, and they sung songs with this in mind, particularly ‘You can’t kill the spirit’ – a song sung many many times by the women of the Greenham Women’s peace camp, who successfully worked to oppose the nuclear weapons at the US military base in England.

The choir wrote to Freemuse: “Thank you for making this day to help us take the time to think about the many silenced voices and how we can use our own voices more effectively in this context. We hope to organise a bigger event next year.”

Music Freedom Day in Swat, Pakistan

Music Freedom Day in New York, USA

Music Freedom Day in Harare, Zimbabwe

Music Freedom Day in Harare, Zimbabwe

Music Freedom Day in Harare, Zimbabwe

Music Freedom Day in Cairo, Egypt

Exiled musician Abazar from Sudan performing at
the Music Freedom Day event in Cairo, Egypt

Music Freedom Day seminar in Cairo:
Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov gives a presentation
over Skype from Copenhagen, Denmark

Seminar participants at Music Freedom Day in Cairo, Egypt

Music Freedom Day in Copenhagen, Denmark

Music Freedom Day in Copenhagen, Denmark


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Poster for Hibrido’s Music Freedom Day activities in Italy in March 2012

Click to see an overview of the reports
Click to see the Music Freedom Reports 2012

Media coverage 2012: More than 40 news stories

Zimbo Jam – 12 March 2012:

‘Glen View Celebrates Music Freedom Day’

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty – 12 March 2012:

‘’Impossible Music Sessions’ Put Spotlight On Censorship’

Pakistan Observer – 8 March 2012:

‘Music Freedom Day concert enthralls audience’

The Egyptian satelite channel CBC – 7 March 2012:

‘يوم حريه الموسيقى’ (youtube video clip)

Ghanaian Journal – 6 March 2012:

‘Respect musicians’

Dateline Islamabad – 6 March 2012:

‘An evening of fusion’

Daily Aaj, Pakistan – 5 March 2012:

‘Music Freedom Day’

The Frontier Post, Pakistan – 5 March 2012:

‘Events staged to mark World Music Freedom Day’

Musiki Cameroun – 5 March 2012:

‘Music Freedom Day dans l’intimité’

The News, Pakistan – 4 March 2012:

‘Events staged to mark World Music Freedom Day’

Egypt Independent – 4 March 2012:

‘Cairo’s Music Freedom Day celebrations break ‘taboos’’

Egyptian media coverage – in Arabic language:
More links:

AK Rockefeller – 4 March 2012:

‘West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict’

News & Noise – 4 March 2012:

‘“Please, boycott the Eurovision Song Contest” – Interview with Cirttan’

The Express Tribune, Pakistan – 3 March 2012:

‘In the worst of times, K-P sang along’

KhyberWatch – 3 March 2012:

‘World Freedom Music Day observed in Peshawar’

AMN tv, Pakistan – 3 March 2012:

‘Sher Alam Shinwari speaks to senior folk singer Akbar Hussain at Peshawar Press Club’

RNW (Radio Netherlands) – 3 March 2012:
Music Freedom Day spotlights singers without a voice
– also available in




Indonesian and

Spanish / BiaMag – 3 March 2012:

‘Bugün 3 Mart, Müzik Doluyor İnsan’

BiaMag – 3 March 2012:

‘Aborjinistan’da Dersim’i Görmek’

Carl Petter Opsahls Blå Blogg – 3 March 2012:

‘Forbudt musikk’

IFEX – 2 March 2012:

‘MFWA-MUSIGA statement marking Music Freedom Day’

Media Foundation for West Africa – 2 March 2012:

‘MFWA/ MUSIGA Press Release on Music Freedom Day’

89.3KPCC – 2 March 2012:

‘Listen to the banned: Music Freedom Day to honor oppressed musicians Saturday’

SR, Swedish Radio – 2 March 2012:

‘Jag förlorade intresset för politiken för länge sedan’

Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden – 2 March 2012:


The Black Bottom – 29 February 2012:

‘Music Freedom Day 2012 is marked in 19 different countries world-wide’

Voice of America – 29 February 2012:

‘Music Freedom Day a Challenge in Zimbabwe’

Niuzer – 27 February 2012:

‘Music Freedom Day Is Coming To Hungary To Bakelit Multi Art Center On 3 March’

Documentation 2012

IPAC – 3 March 2012:

‘Music Freedom Day – Music will not be silenced’

Impossible Music Session 5 – 3 March 2012:

Video documentation – 3 minutes video clip
Video documentation – 52 minutes video

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