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Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”
Interview with Deeyah and video clip of the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Afghanistan: Religious leaders stopped ‘immoral’ eid celebration concert
An eid celebration concert by Shafiq Mureed was cancelled after local mullahs had labelled his music ‘immoral’
22 August 2012
Afghanistan: Music is making a comeback
Central Asia Online reports: After decades of civil war and the Taliban’s ban on music, Afghanistan is trying to resuscitate music
Zia Ur Rehman
04 July 2012
Afghanistan: Freemuse workshop in Kabul
At a workshop in Kabul participants from all over the country identified some of the key problems that make life difficult for Afghan musicians and composers.
25 November 2011
Afghanistan: First rock music festival
Afghanistan’s first rock music festival, ‘Sound Central – The Central Asian Modern Music Festival’ is an advocacy event for freedom of expression at a critical time.
14 September 2011
Afghanistan: They play rock music in Afghanistan – and get away with it
The multinational rock trio White City from Kabul explains what it involves to play rock music in today’s Afghanistan
Helo Magazine and others
15 August 2011
Afghanistan: Official sacked over concert with singers without headscarves
The organiser of a concert where the singers appeared on stage without headscarves was fired after religious elders had complained that this was inappropriate
08 April 2011
Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events
Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returns to Kabul, music is smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse hands over an award to an imprisoned singer in Cameroon
09 March 2011
Afghanistan: Witnessing a resurge in music
Pashto music can now be heard in almost every nook and corner of Afghanistan, reported PRlog
24 November 2010
Afghanistan: Bomb blast at Farhad Darya’s concert
A bomb blast at a concert by Afghanistan’s top singer held in Herat wounded at least 13 people on 14 September 2010, reported ABC News
30 September 2010
Afghanistan: Music stores have become a new target
A string of music stores have become a new target for militants suspected to be Taliban enforcers – even in once-stable havens such as Jalalabad
Hashim Shukoor
06 September 2010
Somalia: Al-Shabaab bans music like the Taliban
Somalia is starting to resemble Afghanistan under the Taliban, where hard-line Islamist militia bans music and movies and forbids the public from watching sports on TV
23 August 2010
Afghanistan: Protest singer forced into exile after receiving threats
Afghan singer Shakib Mosadeq dared sing songs of political protest, and was subsequently forced to leave his country, reported Global Post on 16 May 2010
17 May 2010
Afghanistan: Ban on women singers debated in Herat
A ‘Morality and Knowledge Association’ recently established in Herat wants to ban women’s voices from the airwaves, reported Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda from Herat
15 March 2010
Afghanistan and Pakistan: Understanding the Taliban’s campaign against music
Ethnomusicologist John Baily and Freemuse executive director Marie Korpe speak about the Taliban’s campaign against music and musicians in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Radio Liberty
23 June 2009
Afghanistan: Afghan idol: ‘My life is under threat’
Lima Sahar charmed her way into the third spot of the 2008 version of the wildly popular ‘Afghan Star’ competition. Now in exile, she fears for her life
01 April 2009
Afghanistan: Music programmes lead to arrest
0n 24 March 2009, Afghanistan’s attorney general office arrested the manager of Amroz TV because of the station’s broacast of certain music programmes
25 March 2009
Afghanistan: Musicians kidnapped by Taliban
Six Afghan musicians have been kidnapped by the Taliban for defying a ban on music
Agence France-Presse
17 December 2008
Afghanistan: Short video about music and ‘community censorship’
In a short documentary video about music and ‘community censorship’ in Afghanistan, the 19-year-old Afghan singer Mariam says she gets verbal abuse all the time
Journeyman.tv
14 July 2008
Afghanistan: New media restrictions according to Sharia law
A letter from the Ministry of Culture and Information stated that “everything which is against the Sharia laws should not be printed, broadcasted, audio/video telecasted”
21 April 2008
Afghanistan: Restrictions on music discussed in parliament
A commission for cultural and religious affairs in Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament suggested to impose new restrictions on music and dance performance
02 April 2008
Afghanistan: Singer becomes symbol in the struggle for music freedom
18-year-old Lima Sahar has placed herself in the middle of Afghanistan’s continous gender and music struggle. She could become the winner of the tv show ‘Afghan Star’
13 March 2008
Afghanistan: Singing ban is illegal, says governor
During Music Freedom Day 2008, governor Ata Mohammed Noor announced that he would try to solve the problem with the ban preventing male artists from singing at weddings
04 March 2008
Afghanistan – special report: The cage is singing
Freemuse Special Report, ‘The cage is singing’, is an in-depth report with ten video interviews and a book about music censorship in Afghanistan – past and present
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Aiab Gul Delshad
Video interview with the head of Afghanistan’s Music Union, who is a famous folk singer. He was arrested once, and imprisoned and tortured another time, because of two songs
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Aziz Ghaznawi
Video interview with an authority on music administration in Afghanistan. He talks about how music was censored within Radio Television Afghanistan
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Baktash Kamran
Video interview with the lead singer in Kamran Music Group. He speaks about his experiences with music prohibition during the Taliban period in 1996-2001
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Farhad Darya
Video interview with Afghanistan’s star singer who gives examples of songs which were censored in the period of communist parties in Afghanistan, starting from 1979
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat
Video interview with a Pashto folk singer and board member of Afghanistan Music Union. He speaks about the problems which a praisal singer faces when a regime changes
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Ghazal Ahmadi
Video interview with an Afghan film actress who explains that she stopped learning how to play the guitar because it became too problematic for her
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Nairez
Video interview with one of the singers who were forced to sing praisal songs for the Taliban regime. He speaks about his problems with music censorship in this period
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Safdar Tawakoli
Video interview with a Hazara folk singer who explains about his problems as a musician during the Mujahidin period where power in the capital of Afghanistan was fragmented
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Sahar Afarin
Video interview with a 21-year-old Afghan singer who explains how she has been discouraged from music due to pressure from many sides.
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Zhakfar Hussaini
Video interview with a music censor. He worked as a censor in Afghanistan Writers Association in Balkh in 1986-1992
Samay Hamed
25 February 2008
Afghanistan / UK: Film festival celebrates banned music
A film festival in Edingburgh entitled ‘Reel Afghanistan’ celebrates the Afghan art form which was banned by the Taliban: music
18 February 2008
Afghanistan: Female musicians put their lives in danger
A report from a music school in Kabul is a story about the kind of difficulties and dangers female musicians face in present day Afghanistan. They must work in secret
Fariba Nawa, San Francisco Cronicle
15 January 2008
Afghanistan: Broadcast of Colombian singer censored
A performance by the Colombian pop star Shakira has provoked a row between the Afghan government and the country’s independent media
Tom Coghlan, Daily Telegraph
20 November 2007
Afghanistan: Bomb hits music shop
A bomb exploded in a music shop in a small town in Eastern Afghanistan and hurt the shopkeeper
AFP
23 October 2007
Afghanistan: Famed exiled singer returned after 18 years
One of “Afghanistan’s living treasures”, Ustada Farida Mahwash stepped foot in Afghanistan for the first time in almost two decades to give a series of benefit concerts
San Francisco Chronicle
23 October 2007
Afghanistan: Wedding musicians out of work because of religious ban
Musicians in the Balkh province are out of work since a new fatwa – a ban – was issued on wedding parties by a religious council in July 2007
Ibrahimi Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, IFWP
30 August 2007
Afghanistan: Music download shop attacked, two killed
Two people were killed and several wounded by a bomb that exploded in a music download shop in Afghanistan’s south-eastern town of Khost on 22 April 2007
09 May 2007
Pakistan: Fear and persecution follows Afghan musicians
The fear and persecution which forced Afghan singers to leave their country now has followed them to their exile in Peshawar in Pakistan
Marvaiz Khan, Freemuse
04 April 2007
Pakistan: Fine for playing music in taxi, music shop attacked
The Taliban in Pakistan’s in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan are imposing a fine of 500 rupees for any one playing music in public, reports several news agencies
03 March 2007
Mirwaiss Sidiqi: Music in Afghanistan 2006
Video interview with Mirwaiss Sidiqi about the situation in Afghanistan in 2006 concerning music – and the Taliban’s religous ban on music
Mik Aidt
11 January 2007
Afghanistan: Fewer music prohibitions on religious grounds
Excerpts from a report on the situation in Afghanistan by U.S. Department of State, entitled “International Religious Freedom Report 2006”, released on 15 September 2006
28 September 2006
Afghanistan: Singing about women critised by imam
Afghan DJ Besho has been criticised by an influential cleric among Afghanistan’s religious élite: “Singing about women and guns is certainly not allowed.”
08 May 2006
Afghanistan: First female music performance in a decade
As the first female singer to take to the stage in Afghanistan in more than a decade, Tajik singer Maniza Daulat performed for 1,500 male fans in Kabul
Online – International News Network
25 January 2006
Afghanistan: Strict self-censorship on Afghan music tv
No rap and no sexy content. These are the rules for the producer of a popular music television program in Afghanistan. Interview
Ole Reitov
10 January 2006
Afghan Children CD: ‘Alocha’
A CD by and for Afghan children has received massive coverage through Afghan and international media. 15 songs recorded with Hadia Rastagar and a childrens choir
14 December 2005
Afghanistan: Tolo TV wins Reporters Without Borders’ yearly prize
Afghanistan’s main privately-owned TV station, Tolo TV, wins the ‘2005 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize’
12 December 2005
Afghanistan: Seven musicians killed by gunmen
The popular singer Qhurban Nazar and six musicians have been killed by gunmen in northern Afghanistan, reports BBC News
BBC News
26 September 2005
Afghanistan: music tv presenter receives asylum in Sweden
Presenter of the Afghan music show ‘Hop’, Shakeb Isaar, has received asylum in Sweden.
12 September 2005
Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship
130 Afghans have established a new musician’s organisation, the Afghanistan Music Foundation, to fight against music censorship and oppression of musicians
Mik Aidt
25 May 2005
Afghanistan: 24-year-old female presenter of music show killed
On May 18, 2005, ex-TV presenter Shaima Rezayee, 24, was shot in Kabul by unknown men. Her killing is possibly linked to her presenting of the music show ‘Hop’.
19 May 2005
Abdul Samay Hamed: Censorship conference in Afghanistan
In this interview the Afghan poet Zhakfar Hussaini explains the way song lyrics were censored in the communist periods in Afghanistan
Samey Hamed
26 February 2005
Breaking the Silence: Afghanistan documentary out on DVD
Breaking the Silence – the award winning documentary from 2002 by Simon Broughton on music after the fall of the Taliban is now available on DVD
06 December 2004
Afghanistan pulls cable channels
Cable TV channels showing raunchy Bollywood movies and foreign music videos have – again – been taken off air in Afghanistan by the government
BBC
12 November 2004
Afghanistan: The sound of music
After the silence of the Taliban years, Afghanistan is beginning to hum again
Miami Herald
27 May 2004
Afghanistan: Ban on local women singers lifted
More than two years after the fall of the Talibans, state television has broadcast for the first time footage of an Afghan woman singing
Radio Free Europe
14 January 2004
Musicians claim police harassment
Pakistani musicians living near the country’s border with Afghanistan have complained they are being harassed by hardliners attempting to stamp out music and movies
BBC
08 April 2003
Dangerous Music
Listen to 2nd World Conference on Music and Censorship broadcast from Radio Netherlands . Interviews with Gerald Seligman, Executive Committee member of Freemuse, Farhad Darya ( Afghanistan), Sanar Yurdatapan (Turkey)
Radio Netherlands
08 January 2003
Afghan music: Concerto for shattered instruments, broken lives and new dreams
Article on charity concert, organized by Freemuse report writer John Baily, and the BBC documentary ‘Breaking the Silence – Music in Afghanistan’
Independent
10 March 2002
Breaking the Silence: Music in Afghanistan
BBC documentary by Simon Broughton on music after the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan
01 March 2002
Ethnomusicological research in Afghanistan: Past, present, and future
Extensive article by John Baily on musical life in Afghanistan
John Baily
01 March 2002
U.S. Funding Effort to Preserve Afghan Music
US preservation grant launched a project to record the music of Afghan musicians now residing in Pakistani refugee camps
US State Department
11 January 2002
Taliban Killed the Radio Stars
Extensive article on the future of music in Afghanistan after the Taliban
Village Voice
16 November 2001
The hills are alive
With the rout of the Taliban, Afghanistan is once again resounding to the sound of music. But why does the lifting of the ban have such significance?
Guardian
15 November 2001
A culture muted
By banning music, the Taliban have removed an important force for unity. Article include interview with John Baily, who wrote the Freemuse report on music censorship in Afghanistan
Guardian
13 October 2001
Just chant
Music is high on the list of activities banned by the Taliban. Article on the Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan
Reuters
04 May 2001
Press launch: Afghanistan report launched in London
Afghanistan report launched in London
01 May 2001
Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music
Mr. Naim Majrouh’s speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001



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Key documents:



Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”
Interview with Deeyah and video clip of the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’.
14 December 2012
Afghanistan: Music is making a comeback
Central Asia Online reports: After decades of civil war and the Taliban’s ban on music, Afghanistan is trying to resuscitate music
04 July 2012
Afghanistan: They play rock music in Afghanistan – and get away with it
The multinational rock trio White City from Kabul explains what it involves to play rock music in today’s Afghanistan
15 August 2011
Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events
Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returns to Kabul, music is smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse hands over an award to an imprisoned singer in Cameroon
09 March 2011
Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Farhad Darya
Testimonial by Farhad Darya in the anniversary publication ‘Human Rights for Musicians – Ten Years With Freemuse’
30 January 2009
Human Rights for Musicians – Researching ‘Can You Stop The Birds Singing?’
Article by John Baily – professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, in UK
30 January 2009
Afghanistan: Short video about music and ‘community censorship’
In a short documentary video about music and ‘community censorship’ in Afghanistan, the 19-year-old Afghan singer Mariam says she gets verbal abuse all the time
14 July 2008
Afghanistan – special report: The cage is singing
Freemuse Special Report, ‘The cage is singing’, is an in-depth report with ten video interviews and a book about music censorship in Afghanistan – past and present
25 February 2008
Aiab Gul Delshad
Video interview with the head of Afghanistan’s Music Union, who is a famous folk singer. He was arrested once, and imprisoned and tortured another time, because of two songs
25 February 2008
Aziz Ghaznawi
Video interview with an authority on music administration in Afghanistan. He talks about how music was censored within Radio Television Afghanistan
25 February 2008
Baktash Kamran
Video interview with the lead singer in Kamran Music Group. He speaks about his experiences with music prohibition during the Taliban period in 1996-2001
25 February 2008
Farhad Darya
Video interview with Afghanistan’s star singer who gives examples of songs which were censored in the period of communist parties in Afghanistan, starting from 1979
25 February 2008
Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat
Video interview with a Pashto folk singer and board member of Afghanistan Music Union. He speaks about the problems which a praisal singer faces when a regime changes
25 February 2008
Ghazal Ahmadi
Video interview with an Afghan film actress who explains that she stopped learning how to play the guitar because it became too problematic for her
25 February 2008
Nairez
Video interview with one of the singers who were forced to sing praisal songs for the Taliban regime. He speaks about his problems with music censorship in this period
25 February 2008
Safdar Tawakoli
Video interview with a Hazara folk singer who explains about his problems as a musician during the Mujahidin period where power in the capital of Afghanistan was fragmented
25 February 2008
Sahar Afarin
Video interview with a 21-year-old Afghan singer who explains how she has been discouraged from music due to pressure from many sides.
25 February 2008
Zhakfar Hussaini
Video interview with a music censor. He worked as a censor in Afghanistan Writers Association in Balkh in 1986-1992
25 February 2008
Afghanistan: Female musicians put their lives in danger
A report from a music school in Kabul is a story about the kind of difficulties and dangers female musicians face in present day Afghanistan. They must work in secret
15 January 2008
Pakistan: Fear and persecution follows Afghan musicians
The fear and persecution which forced Afghan singers to leave their country now has followed them to their exile in Peshawar in Pakistan
04 April 2007
Afghanistan: Interview with Jamshid Matin X
This is an interview with Jamshid Matin X – a presenter and producer for a daily music show and a Top 10 music show – who fled to America because of death threats
01 June 2006
Afghanistan: Bittersweet success of secret girl band
The Afghan girl group, ‘Burka Band,’ continues to receive media attention and draw new fans, even though they are no longer active.
13 October 2005
Afghanistan: Wajiha Rastagar
Interview with Afghan singer Wajiha Rastagar about how she sees the present situation in the country today
30 May 2005
Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship
130 Afghans have established a new musician’s organisation, the Afghanistan Music Foundation, to fight against music censorship and oppression of musicians
25 May 2005
Afghanistan report Post Scriptum, 2003
Post Scriptum by John Baily to the report: “Can you stop the birds singing?” The censorship of music in Afghanistan
24 September 2003
Afghanistan report launch: welcome speeches
Speeches at the launch of the Freemuse report “Can you stop the birds singing?”, London 2001
01 May 2001
Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan
“Can you stop the birds singing?” Freemuse report on the censorship of music in Afghanistan. Abstract, full report (PDF) and musical examples
01 May 2001
Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music
Mr. Naim Majrouh’s speech at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship in 1998
01 January 2001



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Afghanistan Online
Extensive site with information on Afghanistan´s culture, history and politics