Freemuse Award 2013



NEWS

06 February 2013



Freemuse Award winner 2013:
‘Festival in the Desert’ in Mali



“The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, Executive Director, Freemuse.

From Bamako, Founder and Festival Director Manny Ansar says:
“It is an honour for our festival efforts to be recognised by your prestigious organisation; thank you! It is just this type of solidarity and global recognition that helps galvanise our deep musical tradition in Mali and the Sahel. While extremist forces may attempt to divide and silence our communities, the cultural heritage that lives and weaves between us, will always overcome. With your generous support, we will continue to spread our international message of tolerance and plurality in exile, until we are able to return home to Timbuktu in peace.”

The festival, which went into exile last year due to threats from the Al Qaida linked extremists, was created in 2001 to celebrate Touareg culture. It soon attracted international artists and audiences and already in 2003 lead singer Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin was quoted as saying: “It’s one of the few honest things I have been part of in a long, long time. It’s amazing to play out in the sand. There are no doors, no gates and no money. It reminded me of why I sang in the first place. It’s not commercialized.” (Rolling Stone, 6 March 2003).

Manny Ansar has tirelessly promoted, developed and defended the festival for years. A festival in exile was planned to take place as a caravan in Bamako and in neighbouring countries during this spring, but due to the war and conflicts in the region the festival has had to cancel the spring tour.

About the Freemuse Award
The Freemuse Award is sponsored by the Björn Afzelius International Culture Foundation (BAIK).
Björn Afzelius, who died in 1999, was a Swedish rock singer who became a passionate spokesman for suppressed people around the world combining his musical career with political activism.
It is the first time that the Freemuse Award is given to an organisation. The award is given to an individual or an organisation that “has worked for freedom of musical expression in a remarkable way”. Previous winners include Tiken Jah Fakoly, one of Africa’s greatest reggae artists, who ironically for several years lived safely in exile in Mali having received death threats in his home country Ivory Coast.


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Manny Ansar

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The award statuette


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Media contact

Marie Korpe, Executive Director of Freemuse
Tel: +45 2944 4280 (mobile) • +45 3332 1017 (office)
 





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Press release in
English language

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Press release in
French language

En français

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Press release in
Danish language

På dansk







More information on the Internet

Official home page of Festival au Désert:



festival-au-desert.org

The film ‘The last song before the war’
— the story of the most remote music festival in the world and the battle to make it happen:


essakanefilm.com



The festival in 2011, photographed by Alice Mutasa.

Article | Photo gallery 2011






Media coverage

PRI's The World - 6 February 2013:
Mali’s Festival in the Desert Wins a Freedom of Musical Expression Award
Though canceled this year, the Festival in the Desert and its Malian Touareg leader Manny Ansar were honored Wednesday with the Freemuse Award for their work on “freedom of musical expression.”

Listen to The World's radio interview with Festival Director Manny Ansar:

The radio interview with Manny Ansar starts 0:56. (Duration: 4:15)



Monocle 24, from London – 7 Februar 2013 at 18:50:



‘Midori House’ (MP3)
Mentioned in the introduction (from 00:57 to 01:09). The interview with Ole Reitov starts at 43:50 



World Music Central – 6 February 2013:



‘Freemuse Award 2013 Goes to Festival In The Desert in Mali’
Re-posted on 


i4u.com

Word Music News Network – 6 February 2013:



‘Freemuse Award 2013 Goes to Festival In The Desert in Mali’
Re-posted on 


groove2u.net
and on 


elbo.ws

Before the Downbeat – 6 February 2013:



‘Honoring Musicians No Matter the Circumstance’

ZoneFranche – 6 February 2013:



‘Festival au Désert, lauréat du Freemuse Award’

SVT2, Swedish national tv – 6 February 2013 at 9:40pm:



Kulturnyheterna
(Start 2:13, end 2:39)


DR, Danish Broadcasting Corporation – 6 February 2013:



‘Afrikansk musikfestival modtager Freemuse-pris’
“Musikfestivalen 'Festival au Désert', der foregår i Mali, er årets modtager af den musikalske ytringsfrihedspris Freemuse Award.” By Claus Vittus, Kulturnyt




Re-posted on 
Alti.dk – 6 February 2013:


‘Afrikansk musikfestival modtager Freemuse-pris’

Kulturnyt, DR P1 – 6 February 2013 at 12:45:



Radio interview with Festival Director Manny Ansar (MP3)
(Report by Claus Vittus starts at 3:46. Clips of interview with Manny from 4:28. Ends 6:41. Mostly in Danish language)


Kultursøndag, DR P1 – 10 February 2013 at 8:30am:



‘Musikfestival modtager ytringsfrihedspris’
(MP3) (MP3)
(Report by Claus Vittus, starts at 0:38. Mostly in Danish language)


Musikeren – 13 February 2013:



‘Ørkenfestival i Mali får frihedspris’
“Årets Freemuse Award går til ørkenfestivalen Festival au Désert i Mali. Festivalen er et symbol på musiklivet og den musikalske ytringsfrihed i det krigsplagede land.” By Martin Blom Hansen



Modkraft – 6 February 2013:



‘Freemuse hædrer malisk musikfestival’
“Freemuse prisen gives til Desert festivalens grundlægger Manny Ansar, fordi han, trods islamisters forsøg på at slukke for musikken, forsvarer den musikalske ytringsfrihed.” By Kim Ingemann




U-landsnyt – 6 February 2013:



‘Malis ørkenfestival modtager Freemuse Award 2013’
“Malis verdensberømte ørkenfestival Festival au Désert modtager Freemuse Award 2013. Festivalen blev sidste år afholdt i eksil, fordi islamister tvang tuaregernes musik ud af Timbuktu.”




“It gives us more courage”
Manny Ansar, Festival Director








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