USA: Censored musicians spoke at Duke University


Censored musicians spoke and performed at Duke University

In its human rights series, Duke University in North Carolina, USA, presented two censored musicians, Ferhat Tunç from Turkey and Roger Lucey from South Africa, and highlighted freedom of musical expression.

       Roger Lucey

Music censorship and music activism was in focus at Duke University in USA during March 2009. Two Freemuse ambassadors, Ferhat Tunç and Roger Lucey, joined forces on 20 March at a seminar on music activism, and each of them performed their own concerts as well.

In a presentation entitled ‘Laments for Rebels and Soldiers’ the Kurdish musician Ferhat Tunç talked about his arrests in Turkey and discussed state terror and reconciliation. Ferhat Tunç is currently offered a ‘Visiting Artist’s Residency’ at Duke University.

Roger Lucey is currently writing a book about his experiences of music censorship during the apartheid years in South Africa. He is also one of the main characters in the Freemuse produced film ‘Stopping the Music’, which he presented during his presentation at Duke University. The film tells the story about how the South African security police systematically destroyed his music career. Lucey and the (former) security police officer Paul Erasmus later reconciled, and the two of them have since lectured together at a number Freemuse conferences and seminars.

Ferhat Tunç recently performed at the Music Freedom Day in Stockholm, on 3 March 2009. He met Roger Lucey for the first time at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul in 2006.

Lucey’s concert at Duke University was organised as a fundraiser for Freemuse.

Ferhat Tunc — listening to his colleague Roger Lucey at the session at Duke University

Photos by Rhonda Klevansky

Read more

Duke University’s Spring 2009 Events Calendar:
Ferhat Tunç, “Laments for Rebels and Soldiers”

Duke Today, the Duke Community Daily News – 1 April 2009:
‘A Turkish Cultural Sampler’
Information about the film ‘Stopping the Music’

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