Kidjo: Fight against censorship by supporting artists who are silenced

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Angelique Kidjo:
Fight against censorship by supporting artists
who are silenced

Under the headline ‘Songs of Freedom’, singer Angelique Kidjo writes about music censorship and the power of music in The International Herald Tribune’s special theme issue, ‘Global Agenda: Turning Points’

“The mix of melodies and words carries a message much more powerful than spoken ideas. Why? Maybe because when someone sings, truth speak directly to your heart,” argues the Beninoise singer-songwriter in her article which is translated and published in numerous countries due to the newspaper’s international syndication agreements.

“Music in itself is the expression of freedom, and in some parts of the world, the joy and liberty it invokes are unbearable. It is painful to think that in northern Mali, the land of Ali Farka Touré, and a region some believe is the birthplace of the blues, music is being completely silenced by militants who adhere to strict Islamic laws,” writes Angelique Kidjo who is a Grammy award-winning singer and activist. She is also the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes Magazine.

“This is the strongest message music can carry today: do not listen to people telling us our cultures are irreconcilable and we can’t live together. Universal access to music must be cherished; we must continue to fight against censorship by supporting artists who are silenced and by speaking out against dictatorships that silence them.”




Angelique Kidjo


 

 

 

Read Angelique Kidjo’s article

The New York Times / The International Herald Tribune
– 30 November 2012:

‘Songs of Freedom’