Freemuse Newsletter no. 2 / 2012


01 June 2012



Another attack on rap artists in Angola

Armed with pistols, machetes and iron rods, 15 men attacked a group of ten young people in Angola, among them the two rap artists Casimiro Carbono and Explosivo Mental.

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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

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Roskilde supports Freemuse

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.

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The invisible work of Freemuse

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.

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Musicians on censorship

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 contains interviews with artists from 25 countries.
Many of the interviews are even available on Close to 200,000 people have viewed interviews on the Freemuse YouTube-channel.

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Tibetan singer arrested and taken to unknown location


One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police


Another legal action against singer Pinar Aydinlar

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