• Cameroon: Lapiro for ever

    The Cameroon musician Lapiro de Mbanga died on the 16 March 2014 in Buffalo in the United States. In Cameroon, his departure was highly regretted in spite of all the problems he had had with the judiciary. Lapiro’s legacy will live on. By Jane Bell In Cameroon, in the weeks after his death, many debates […]
  • Cameroon / USA: Lapiro moves on to the other side

    By Daniel Brown One thing were his words. The other was the man, dubbed “the unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” in his native Cameroon. A ball of intensity who seemed unbent by his three years behind bars and the nigh-constant pressure before and after his release on 24 September 2011. Whether he was confidently reclining […]
  • RIP Lapiro de Mbanga

    Singer and musician Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon – the “unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” – has died, 56 years old. By Freemuse Lapiro de Mbanga was a musical “freedom fighter” who articulated the daily injustices he witnessed in his songs – and was punished hard for his right to express them. On 16 March […]
  • Cameroon: Imprisoned for singing ‘Constipated Constitution’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Imprisoned for singing ‘Constipated Constitution’ Two musicians have been arrested for criticizing constitutional amendments which allows the president unlimited terms of office, reported Media Foundation for West Africa Two renowned musicians, Lapiro de Mbanga and Joe La Conscience, have been arrested and detained by the authorities in Cameroon for singing songs in which […]
  • Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:The artist vs. the state In the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’, Maran Turner and Alexander Cheparukhin give insight into two cases where artists have been speaking out and as a result […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US Lapiro de Mbanga, who was imprisoned in Cameroon for three years for a song criticizing President Biya, has been granted asylum in the USA and arrived safely with his family on 12 September 2012. In his song ‘Constipated Constitution’ Mbanga criticized President Paul Biya […]
  • FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til den kendte sanger Lapiro de Mbanga, der skrev en ops L Artikler p Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners? Editorial from The Nation (Nairobi), 12 November 2004, by Philip Mwaniki […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro back in court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro back in court Singer Lapiro de Mbanga has filed a case against the Chief Medical Officer of the Douala Central Prison for having denied him access to medical attention while in prison Bisong Etahoben reported from Douala on 18 June 2011 that when the matter came up at the Douala magistrate’s […]
  • Press release: Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations Cameroon supports football team but persecutes artists The international legal team for Lapiro de Mbanga on June 16 filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the Cameroonian singer-songwriter and democracy activist. The legal […]
  • Press release: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on […]
  • Cameroon: Musicians are silent after Lapiro’s imprisonment

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Musicians are silent after Lapiro’s imprisonment The fact that Lapiro is in prison for his music has discouraged other artists in the country to create any kind of innovative projects or critical song lyrics, writes a reporter from Cameroon about the ‘delicate situation’ in the country’s music industry “The situation of music […]
  • Cameroon: Interview with singer Lapiro de Mbanga in ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’

    CAMPAIGN ARTICLE 25 October 2010 Cameroon:Voice to the voiceless In ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’, Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga gives an exclusive interview to Daniel Brown from prison on protest, politics and the art of satire Since his return from self-imposed exile in Nigeria and Gabon in 1985, Cameroonian musician Lapiro de Mbanga has been a […]
  • Cameroon: First video interview after Lapiro’s release from prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:First video interview after Lapiro’s release from prison Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed on 8 May 2011 — his first video interview since he was released from prison in Douala on 8 April after three years imprisonment.Interview by Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov        Cameroon Interview article in FrenchCameroon-info.net – 24 June 2011:MBANGA: “Si Fru […]
  • Cameroun: Premi

    INTERVIEW VIDEO ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:Première interview avec Lapiro après la libération de prison Le chanteur Lapiro de Mbanga a été interviewé sur le 8 mai 2011. C’est le première en video depuis son liberation de prison à Douala le 8 avril, après trois ans d’emprisonnement. Interview par Freemuse Gestionnaire de Programme, Ole Reitov        Cameroun In English […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro receives award on Music Freedom Day

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Lapiro receives award on Music Freedom Day Singer Lapiro de Mbanga finally received his ‘Freedom To Create Award’ when Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed it over to him on Music Freedom Day 2011. Lapiro de Mbanga with the Freedom to Create prize. It was handed over to him by Freemuse Programme Officer […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro – behind bars in Cameroon, behind a mic in Brooklyn

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:Behind bars in Cameroon, behind a mic in Brooklyn Singer Lapiro de Mbanga joins by phone from jail in Cameroon as U.S. Afro-pop band performs his banned song live in New York Coming to the stage in Brooklyn: The Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga will appear live from prison via […]
  • Cameroun: Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga l

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga l Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga blev l Presseomtale i Denmark avisen.dk/sangstjerne-parat-til-at-doe-for-frihed www.u-landsnyt.dk/nyhed/11-04-11/kendt-afrikansk-sanger-l-sladt   Presseomtale i Sverige sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=1012&artikel=4449241 contentisking.squarespace.com/blogg/2011/4/8/det-fria-ordet-i-noter www.kulturskaparna.com/i-shall-close-my-dirty-mouth-only-after-death L Related reading on freemuse.org
  • Lapiro de Mbanga

    LAPIRO DE MBANGA(Cameroon) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video interview was […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro fires back at Minister of Communication

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro fires back at Minister of Communication Lapiro de Mbanga, imprisoned since 2008 retaliates at Minister of Communication Issa Bakary Tchiroma, who on 30 July 2010 announced that Cameroon did not host any political prisoners. Lapiro responded swiftly to remind the Minister that he has been detained for his opinions since 2008. […]
  • Cameroon: Freemuse visits Lapiro in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Freemuse visits Lapiro in prison After years of international campaigning, Freemuse finally managed to have a personal meeting with the musician Lapiro de Mbanga who has been imprisoned in Cameroon since 2008. Freemuse Programme Officer Martin Buch Larsen recounts that it was an intimidating affair to walk the prison yard of New Bell […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from prison Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on Friday afternoon to […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court On Thursday 17 March 2011, just three weeks before the musician’s planned release from prison, Lapiro’s case was called to the Cameroon Supreme Court for what appeared to be superflous technicalities. Lapiro wtih his lawyers in front of the Supreme Court in Yaounde By Jen […]
  • Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN has launched a new protest campaign for the continuing imprisonment of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga in Cameroon. In November 2009, Lapiro de Mbanga was one of five cases highlighted for the Writers in Prison Committee’s annual […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga honoured at Cameroon Music Awards

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga honoured at Cameroon Music Awards Organisers of the Cameroon music and cultural awards, Canal D’Or, have honoured jailed singer Lapiro de Mbanga with a Life Time Achievement Award. The special tribute was presented in Douala to Lapiro’s wife, Louisette Lambo Sandjo, on 9 April 2010 in recognition of the artist’s […]
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  • Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro In two articles published by the Danish magazine 3F and the newspaper Information on 22 May 2010, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the worldwide conglomerate operating in around 130 countries, is accused for being partly responsible for the imprisonment of the Cameroonese oppositional […]
  • Cameroon / USA: American lawyers prepare UN petition for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:American lawyers prepare UN petition for Lapiro de Mbanga A team of four lawyers from a law firm in the United States are preparing a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. They argue that by keeping Lapiro de Mbanga imprisoned, Cameroon is violating international law. The lawyers […]
  • Cameroon: United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro de Mbanga The secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visits Cameroon on 10 June 2010. By sending a letter to him, the American legal advocacy organisation Freedom Now makes use of this opportunity to make a pressure to Cameroon’s president […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations On 16 June 2010, the international legal team for Lapiro de Mbanga filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the Cameroonian singer-songwriter and democracy activist. The legal team hopes to obtain […]
  • Cameroon/Denmark: Danish minister drawn into Lapiro de Mbanga’s case

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / Denmark: Danish minister for development cooperation drawn into singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s case Danish opposition parties demands investigation of financial support to co-owned Maersk company which has been accused of inhuman working conditions and co-responsibility for the imprisonment of popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Søren Pind […]
  • Cameroon: International Pen and Freemuse in joint appeal for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: International Pen and Freemuse in joint appeal for singer Lapiro de Mbanga African Human Rights organisations and monitoring systems are urged to act on behalf of singer Lapiro de Mbanga. In a joint appeal letter International Pen and Freemuse ask for assistance in ensuring that Cameroon act in a manner consistent […]
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  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga loses appeal court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga loses appeal court Cameroon power system strikes back at the popular singer. “It seems obvious that he has not got a fair trial,” says Freemuse programme officer. Press alert by Freemuse — 25 June 2009 An appeal court in Cameroon last night, on 24 June 2009, sentenced popular singer […]
  • Cameroon: Interview with human rights advocate about Lapiro’s case

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 03 July 2009 Cameroon:Interview with human rights advocate about Lapiro’s case Dr Hilaire Kamga is president of NHRC, New Human Rights Cameroon. He says: “This was an unfair trial. Now there must be lobbying actions.” By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon Freemuse: What are your impressions, now after Lapiro’s judgement? Hilaire Kamga: […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro’s case taken to Supreme Court of Appeal

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro’s case taken to Supreme Court of Appeal “We are full of hope”, said Lapiro de Mbanga’s lawyer, Me Augustin Mbami, in an interview with Freemuse about which procedures are to be undertaken next, after losing the Appeal Court. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon “What I have to do now […]
  • Cameroon: Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / France:Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga Mondomix has launched a free-for-download album in support of the imprisoned cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga. “This album compilation is no ordinary compilation,” writes Mondomix, a French online resource for worldwide music and culture. The album was produced by artists who want […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro shortlisted for global award

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga shortlisted for global award High profiled panel with conductor Daniel Barenboim points at imprisoned musician Lapiro for the final shortlist of The Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize. Meanwhile, a lawyers organisation backed up by former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, joins the Freemuse campaign for the […]
  • Cameroon: New verdict, same prison sentence to Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:New verdict, same prison sentence to Lapiro Lapiro de Mbanga’s sentence of three years imprisonment and the fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. In addition, more than FCFA 500,000 was added to the singer’s fine. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in […]
  • Cameroun: Underskriftsindsamling for f

    KAMPAGNENYT ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:Underskriftsindsamling for f Menneskerettighedsorganisationerne Freemuse og International PEN, jurist-organisationen Freedom Now, guitarproducenten Vigier og webstedet MyMondoMix.com k Deltag i Freemuse underskriftindsamlingen for at f  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • Cameroon: International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro The case against singer Lapiro de Mbanga has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US based lawyers’ advocacy organisation, is now officially monitoring his case. In an interview with Radio France International in the first week of October 2009, Maran Turner, executive director of […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the President of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as […]
  • Help free Lapiro de Mbanga! Sign the petition

    THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA Sign this petition I protest against the three-year prison sentence and US dollar 640,000 fine imposed on the singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (real name Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) and call on […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Mbanga faces endless hearings

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Mbanga faces endless hearings False evidence, delays and rumors appear to play an essential role in keeping the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga in prison. In the meantime, Lapiro de Mbanga’s health deteriorates. Lapiro de Mbanga, the Cameroonian musician and political opponent to the current president of the country, is seemingly facing […]
  • Cameroon: Campaign for release of Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:New campaign for release of Lapiro The company Vigier launches a new campaign for the release of the Cameroonese musician Lapiro de Mbanga. Vigier is the company that supplied Lapiro with a guitar that he has used in more than 20 years to create his music. It is seldom that music companies […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro is the one who has to pay for all

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 09 July 2009 Cameroon:Lapiro is the one who has to pay for all In this complicated case, there are problems of leadership, tribalism and politics, writes journalist Jen Bell in this personal commentary. She is convinced that singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s case is a political persecution in disguise. COMMENTARY by Jen Bell It […]
  • Cameroon: Interview with Lapiro de Mbanga

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Interview with Lapiro de Mbanga ”This is the trial of the voiceless” Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed just a few hours before the verdict of three years imprisonment and a fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent […]
  • Cameroon: Singer Mbanga – Flurry in the court room

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Flurry in the court room After appearing in court on 28 April 2008, singer Lapiro de Mbanga still found himself leaving the court’s witness box on 13 and 15 May 2009 without a verdict. Instead, he was ordered to reappear in court on 26 May. The adjournments of his case appear to be […]
  • Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

    PRESS RELEASE UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro” One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de Mbanga, […]
  • Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY     Marie Korpe, Executive Director of Freemuse: Local ownership to the event develops great diversity of innovative events   Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returned to Kabul, music was smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed over a much awaited award. Lapiro de Mbanga with the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cameroun: Musician Lapiro de Mbanga faces new trial

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 11 February 2009 Cameroon:Musician Lapiro de Mbanga faces new trial The government of Cameroon is being accused of severe violations of human rights as the musician Lapiro de Mbanga is confronted with a new trial on absurd charges that it was a song of his that led to the destruction of a banana […]
  • Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail

    NEWS 25 September 2008 Cameroon:Singer sentenced to three years in jail Several news sites reported that the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga was sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in anti-government riots in Cameroon in February 2008. Protests and appealsThe Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the […]
  • Cameroon: Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics

    CAMPAIGNS AND ACTION ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the four-month detention of the well known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga. International Pen Writers in Prison Committee’s Rapid Action Network sent the following appeal on 7 august 2008: The Writers in Prison Committee […]
  • Cameroon: Singer taken to court in chains

    NEWS 15 July 2008 Cameroon:Singer taken to court in chains One of Cameroon’s best-known singers was in chains when he was brought to a court room on 9 July 2008, accused of causing anti-government riots in February. Lapiro de Mbanga’s case, however, was adjourned to 23 July. Another arrested musician, Joe La Conscience, was released […]
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