After the ‘beauty contest’ in Baku: The beast is back
The Eurovision Song Contest in Baku is over. Behind the image of modern architecture and smiling faces Azerbaijan is a country with no scope of freedom of expression. Several artists have gone into exile. One of the artists, Azer Cirttan, speaks out
Freemuse has received a grant of 66,000 euro from The Roskilde Festival Charity Society to sustain and develop the Freemuse networks in West Africa, MENA, Pakistan and Afghanistan which assist persecuted artists.
The Charity Society is the association behind the Roskilde Festival, Scandinavia’s most important music festival.
It started as another day in the Freemuse office – responding to e-mails, answering phone calls, talking to media, reporting to donors.
Then, within hours, we received terrifying pictures of rappers in Angola and Sierra Leone, who have been seriously beaten. Not all our work is visible to the public.
What do Ramy Essam, Marie Boine, Marcel Khalife and Ferhat Tunc have in common with Kris Kristofferson and El General?
They have all talked to Freemuse about music censorship. The website freemuse.org contains interviews with artists from 25 countries.
Many of the interviews are even available on YouTube.com. Close to 200,000 people have viewed interviews on the Freemuse YouTube-channel.