Somalia: Poet, playwright and songwriter killed by unknown gunmen
Somali poet, playwright and songwriter Warsame Shire Awale was killed in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, on 29 October 2012 in the evening, reported BBC World
31 October 2012
Somalia: Bomb blast at concert in newly opened national theatre
“The blast happened as musicians were singing and spectators were clapping for them,” told Salah Jimale to The Guardian. Ten people are reported to have been killed
04 April 2012
Somalia: New stage for music and threatre in Mogadishu
On 19 March 2012, live music sounded in Mogashu, Somalia’s capital, when the country’s national theatre was reopened
20 March 2012
Somalia – Music Freedom Report: Music too powerful to ban
Video from Somalia – part of the series of Music Freedom Reports which was published in March 2012 on the occassion of Music Freedom Day 2012
07 March 2012
Somalia: Religious extremists storm music radio station
The militant extremist group Al-Shabaab carried out an illegal takeover of Radio Afgoye, the only radio station in the lower Shabelle region, because it broadcasted music
21 January 2012
Somalia: Radio station wins award from Reporters without Borders
On 9 December 2010 the press freedom advocacy organisation Reporters without Borders awarded Somali Radio Shabelle with the ‘2010 Media of the Year prize’
15 December 2010
Somalia: Silent airwaves – This is the sound of censorship
Article about the situation in Somalia after the music died when, on 14 April 2010, radio stations in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu were ordered to cease playing all music.
08 December 2010
Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music
Islamic extremists have banned music on the airwaves, but the organisers of Somalia’s newest radio station, Bar-Kulan, ignore their death threats and music ban
19 November 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
Somalia: Government minister backs up radical Islamists’ music ban
Somalia’s Minister of Information has backed up a music ban in Mogadishu and in this way countermanded a government order to radio stations to play music or face closure
03 May 2010
Somalia: The government insists: radios must play music
Four private radio stations in Mogadishu have been accused of collusion with radical Islamists over music ban
23 April 2010
Somalia: 14 radio stations in Somalia’s capital turned off music
All radio stations in Mogadishu stopped playing music on 13 April 2010, following an ultimatum by hardline Islamist militia, reported AFP.
14 April 2010
Somalia: Music ban on radio stations was expected
On 3 April 2010, the commander for Hisbul Islam in Mogadishu issued a 10-day ultimatum to radio stations to stop broadcasting music or face Sharia-based penalties
07 April 2010
Somalia: Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile
Interview with Fatma Adow who is one of 25 women who on November 2008 faced the wrath of Somali militiamen the for taking part in a folklore dance galore in Somalia
10 February 2010
Somalia: Rule no 1: “Music should not be aired”
On 15 September 2009, the newly appointed information officer in Belet-Hawo town published a list of edicts the Al-Shabaab want to see implemented in the media
05 October 2009
UK: Somali festival in London focuses on arts censorship
This year’s Somali Week Festival in London, held on 23-31 October 2009, will focus on censorship of art and artists
23 September 2009
Somalia: Religious groups stop music at weddings with violence
Somalia experiences an on-going struggle over the right to listen to music and dance to it. These are the latest two reports in international media
24 August 2009
Somalia: Music suppressor elected as president
The Islamist cleric who was elected as Somalia’s new president on 31 January 2009 has a long history of silencing musical expression in Somalia, writes Wa’ays
11 February 2009
Somalia: Two radio stations closed down for airing music
Somali Islamist groups have unleashed a renewed crackdown on radio stations in the areas under their control for airing music and music-related programmes.
29 December 2008
Somalia: 32 traditional dancers lashed in public
On 14 November 2008 an Islamist group arrested and whipped 25 women and seven men because they had been singing and dancing
18 November 2008
Somalia: Attacks on music practitioners
Report of a one-day seminar about music censorship and attacks on music practitioners in Somalia, held at Hotel Sahafi in the Somali capital Mogadishu, on 3 July 2008
09 October 2008
Somalia: Musician gunned down by militiamen
On 21 July 2008, militiamen from the Somali Islamist groups, armed with pistols, gunned down musician Omar Nur Basharah in the capital Mogadishu
23 July 2008
Somalia / Somaliland: University students obstructed music event
The students of the University of Hargeisa rejected and obstructed a celebration for the World Music Day, which was scheduled to take place on 21 June 2008
08 July 2008
Somalia: Bloodshed continues and music disappears
Radical Islamist groups have unleashed a renewed crackdown on music, cinemas, and music-related events
04 July 2008
Somalia: Musician murdered by men armed with knives
In the early hours of 18 June 2008, the musician Abdulkadir Adow Ali was stabbed to death in Mogadishu
20 June 2008
Somalia: 30 musicians lashed by religious militia 12 years ago
Somali woman singer tells the untold story of how, in 1996, local Islamic court’s militia raided a concert in Mogadishu, and sentenced the musicians to 20 lashes each
10 June 2008
Somalia: Dilemmas facing Somali music and musicians
Somali musicians struggle with financial hardships and self-censorship issues, and some are dying of hunger and diseases in Somalia
23 April 2008
Somalia: Young rap group rails against conservative Somali Muslims
Waayaha Cusub, a group of young Somali refugee musicians in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, advocates freedom of musical expression in Somalia
12 June 2007
Maryam Mursal
Video interview with Somali singer Maryam Mursal about music prohibition among Islamists
26 October 2006
Somalia: Confusion over music prohibition
Do Islamist hardliners want to stop all music and sentence executives of a music committee to death? Or is the story invented with the purpose of making it possible to get asylum and economic aid?
26 October 2006
Somalia: Islamists ban music in areas of Somalia
According to an Islamic official in Somalia, music is now banned in the country, and anyone violating the music ban could be arrested, fined and flogged. Initially, a Somali radio station has been closed down for broadcasting love songs
12 September 2006