Freemuse Award 2013: Ørkenfestivalen Festival au Désert


NYHEDER

06 February 2013


Modtager af årets Freemuse Award:
Ørkenfestivalen i Mali


Malis verdensberømte ørkenfestival ‘Festival au Désert’ modtager Freemuse Award 2013.

“På trods af militante ekstremisters forsøg på at forbyde al form for musik i Mali har festivalen kæmpet videre for at holde musiklivet i Mali levende – og dermed forsvaret retten til musikalsk ytringsfrihed,” siger Marie Korpe, leder af Freemuse, verdens eneste organisation, som dokumenterer overgreb mod musikere og komponister.

Fra Bamako siger festivalens ophavsmand og daglige leder Manny Ansar:

“Det er en ære for vores festival at modtage denne anerkendelse fra en så vel anset organisation. Det er den form for solidaritet, som hjælper os med at styrke og fastholde vores stærke musikalske tradition i Mali og Sahel. På trods af ekstremisternes forsøg på at skabe splid i vore samfund og bringe os til tavshed, vil den kulturelle arv, som binder os sammen og lever iblandt os, altid overleve. Med jeres generøse støtte vil vi – i eksil – fortsætte med at sprede vores internationale budskab om tolerance og pluralisme, indtil vi kan vende tilbage i fred til Timbuktu.”

Malis ørkenfestival måtte gå i eksil sidste år på grund af trusler fra islamister tilknyttet Al Qaida. Festivalen blev skabt i 2001 for at fejre touregernes kultur, men den blev hurtigt særdeles populær blandt internationale kunstnere og publikum. Allerede i 2003 besøgte Led Zeppelin-forsangeren Robert Plant festivalen og optrådte gratis. Han udtalte efterfølgende til tidsskriftet Rolling Stone:
“Det er et af de mest ærlige arrangementer, jeg har deltaget i i lang tid. Det er fantastisk at spille i sandet. Der er ingen døre, ingen indhegning, ingen penge. Det mindede mig om, hvorfor jeg oprindeligt begyndte at synge. Det er ikke kommercialiseret.”

Manny Ansar har i et årti utrætteligt promoveret, udviklet og forsvaret festivalen. På grund af konflikten i det nordlige Mali havde festivalen planlagt at gennemføre en musikkaravane i løbet af foråret i såvel det sydlige Mali som i nabolandene, men det er nu udsat til næste efterår på grund af den igangværende krig.

Om Freemuse-Prisen

Det er første gang, Freemuse Award uddeles til en organisation. Prisen uddeles til en kunstner eller en oganisation, som har gjort en særlig indsats for at forsvare den musikalske ytringsfrihed. Blandt tidligere prismodtagere er den amerikanske sanger Pete Seeger og en af Afrikas største reggae artister, Tiken Jah Fakoly, som i sin tid måtte flygte fra Elfenbenskysten efter dødstrusler på grund af sange, som kritiserede regimet. Fakoly fandt dengang ironisk nok et sikkert eksil i Mali.

Freemuse Award er sponsoreret af Björn Afzelius Internationale Kulturfond. Björn Afzelius kombinerede sin musikalske karriere med et stærkt poltisk engagement og donerede en stor del af sine indtægter til solidariske formål. Da han døde i 1999, havde han et stort publikum i Danmark. Sidste år overrækte en af hans døtre Freemuse-prisen til den egyptiske sanger Ramy Essam, som med sine sange på Tahrir pladsen blev et symbol på det egyptiske oprør.



Manny Ansar

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Pris-statuetten


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Pressekontakter

Marie Korpe, direktør   +45 3332 1017   /  +45 2944 4280
Ole Reitov, programchef +45 3332 1027 / +45 2323 2765




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Mere information på Internettet

Festival au Déserts officielle hjemmeside:


festival-au-desert.org




Presseomtale

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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