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Harstad recieves Abazar Hamid
Freemuse Award winner 2014, Harstad city in Norway, has finally received its first “safe city musician”: Abazar Hamid, who has been living several years in exile in Cairo after escaping from threats on his life in Sudan. Abazar Hamid was one of the artists featured on the Freemuse album ‘Listen to the Banned’.
Dr Ahmed Sarmast, the dedicated founder and director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), was one of several people injured at a serious bomb attack at the French Cultural Centre in Kabul. A young suicide bomber was the brutal tool of the Taliban’s efforts to reintroduce a total ban on music in Afghanistan.
With only two months to go, Freemuse invites artists, media and cultural organisers to join Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2015. Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Italy, Spain, Norway and USA are amongst the countries preparing events. Do notify us about your plans.
Find inspiration in the new Freemuse publication, which includes several original posters and photos from Music Freedom Day events worldwide from 2007 to 2014.
December has been a busy month. In Geneva, Freemuse and Siyah Bant presented the Universal Periodic Review onTurkey to diplomats and UN staff. In Morocco, Freemuse staff met some of the rappers recently detained and discussed the freedom of expression situation with network partners. In London, Freemuse took part in an expert consultation on the invitation of the new UN Special Rapporteur on opinion and freedom of expression. New joint projects were initiated in Pakistan, Lebanon and Zimbabwe, and a presentation on Safe Havens for artists at risk was made in Oslo.