• Deeyah Khan to be appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

    Award-winning film director and activist Deeyah Khan will be appointed UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador on artistic freedom on 21 November 2016 by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova at the organisation’s headquarters in Paris. Welcoming the appointment, Freemuse Executive Director Ole Reitov said: We have worked with Deeyah for many years and jointly addressed the importance of […]
  • Norway: World women gathering to explore freedom of expression

    On 30-31 January 2015, an unusual gathering of world women will unfold over two days of conversations and performances at Riksscenen in Oslo, Norway. The summit is organised by artist and activist Deeyah Khan. ‘World Woman’ is “a convening of courageous and creative women who are defenders of freedom of expression, campaigners for gender equality, […]
  • Artists are truth tellers risking their lives for us

    Our consideration of the human rights in any country should include the freedom of artists to express their heart, writes Deeyah Khan – a critically acclaimed music producer, composer and an Emmy award-winning documentary film director – in this statement she submitted to the United Nations in March 2014. Video recording of Deeyah Khan’s speech […]
  • Norwegian cultural executive: “We have a problem in our own society”

    “One should not have to travel far to find examples of oppression. Filmmaker and artist Deeyah had to flee to London to escape harassment from very conservative communities in our own country,” said Yngve Slettholm at the opening session of the annual national meeting of Arts Council Norway in Bergen 13-14 November. Yngve Slettholm is […]
  • Norway: Deeyah awarded by Norwegian PEN

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Deeyah awarded by Norwegian PEN Norwegian-Pakistani singer, music producer, composer, film maker and human rights activist Deeyah is awarded this year’s Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN, the Norwegian chapter of PEN International. The Ossietzky prize is Norwegian PEN’s prize for outstanding achievements within the field of freedom of expression and is awarded […]
  • USA: Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship The Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the banned’ and discussions on the power of music and music censorship was in focus at a one hour live broadcast from Wisconsin’s Public Radio on 10 November 2010. Artist and human rights activist Deeyah and Freemuse programme manager […]
  • Facts about the CD ‘Listen to the banned’

    PUBLICATIONS ##PagePublishedLong## Fact sheet: Freemuse CD album: ‘Listen to the banned’ Compiled by the artist Deeyah and Freemuse, this CD compilation album is published on 3 March 2010 by Norway’s most successful music label, Grappa Records, and distributed internationally. They are all there: Lapiro de Mbanga, Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amal Murkus, Marcel […]
  • Press release: New Freemuse CD: Listen to the banned

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse CD: Listen to the banned Music that makes dictators tremble Listen to the banned is a unique collection of contemporary songs by artists who have been censored, persecuted, taken to court, imprisoned and even tortured for a very simple reason — their music. Music brings joy and gives a voice to […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Deeyah

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS DeeyahMusician and composer, Norway / Pakistan Music has been an intrinsic part of not only my life but human life and the development of every people, society and culture throughout history. Music possesses the power to cross social, racial, cultural, economic and religious barriers and has the […]
  • EU/USA: Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / Europe / USA:Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music Within a growing scene for Islamic hip-hop in the United Kingdom, women rappers are facing a tough time. When a woman tries to break into the scene she is often intimidated, or even threatened, reported the New Statesman magazine. […]
  • Norway/UK: “My first love was always music”

      NEWS   Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’: “My first love was always music” In the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’, ex-singer Deeyah and actor Arshad Hussain testifies about serious threaths and an actual abduction, a reality faced by some performing artists due to social and cultural pressures in Afghanistan […]
  • Radio Without Borders: Listen to the Banned

    RADIO PROGRAMMES USA: Radio Without Borders: ‘Listen to the banned’ Here on Earth — Radio Without Borders, a one-hour live weekday global cultural affairs programme on Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasted a special feature programme about the album ‘Listen to the banned’ on 10 November 2010. Guests: * Deeyah, singer, musician, human rights activist, and producer […]
  • Songlines review of Freemuse CD: ‘It is Top of the World’

    PUBLICATIONS United Kingdom: Review of Freemuse CD: ‘It is Top of the World’ Songlines, an influential UK-based world music magazine, chose the Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the banned’ as Top of the World in their August 2010 issue. “You need to hear this record – as much for the quality of the music as for […]
  • CD: Listen to the banned

    PUBLICATIONS Tiken Jah Fakoly about the new Freemuse CD album: ‘CD highlights artists who fight for justice’ The CD ‘Listen to the banned’ has been well received by broadcasters all over Europe. “Some broadcasters have mentioned that not only does the CD feature some important political songs but even has a ‘spiritual dimension’”, told Freemuse […]
  • USA/UK: Norwegian singer Deeyah wins Freedom Award

    NEWS USA / UK / Norway:Norwegian singer Deeyah wins Freedom Award Deeyah, the exiled Norwegian singer and activist, was awarded with an ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize at a ceremony in London on 26 November 2008. More than 900 artists from 86 countries had been nominated. Three artists, Deeyah along with Turkish-Kurdish Ferhat Tunç and […]
  • Norway: Singer’s brother under police protection

    NEWS 15 January 2008 Norway:Singer’s brother under police protection Dancer Adil Thathaal received death threats from religious people with Pakistani background because he defended his sister, the singer Deeyah, in a recent magazine interview. 24-year-old Adil Thathaal is an actor and breakdancer, a well-known face in Norway, ever since he won a dance competition on […]
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