• Marcel Khalife’s video statement – مارسـيل خليفة يَتحدَّث

    MARCEL KHALIFE ##PagePublishedLong## مارسـيل خليفة يَتحدَّث عن مَجنون ليلى In this statement the Lebanese singer and composer Marcel Khalife speaks (in Arabic language) about why artists must engage in the defence of creativity. See translation below.   Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required www.marcelkhalife.com Duration: 4:32 minutes. The video was recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Marcel Khalife

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Marcel Khalife Musician and composer, Lebanon Freemuse stands for music and the reaffirmation of the rights of musicians and their protection from prohibitions, censorship and threats. Freemuse is an expression of our responsibility towards our musical culture and the protection of our music and musicians from the […]
  • USA: Lebanese musician denied use of theatre

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Lebanese musician denied the use of theatre According to a press release from the music web site Rock Paper Scissors in September 2007, the renowned Lebanese oud master Marcel Khalife was denied the use of a theatre for a concert in San Diego. Al Awda, the local concert organisers, had already come to […]
  • Bahrain: Marcel Khalife causes fury among Islamists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Marcel Khalife and Qassim Haddad cause fury in Bahrain’s parliament Members of parliament in the small Gulf kingdom Bahrain attacked a performance by Lebanese composer Marcel Khalife and Bahraini poet Qassim Haddad as being a violation of Islamic morals and sharia laws Controversy has emerged with a new work by the famous Lebanese […]
  • Bahrain: Responses to attack on Khalife and Haddad

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Responses to attack on Khalife and Haddad A performance at the "Spring of Culture" festival was attacked by fundamentalist members of the Bahraini parliament as being in violation of Islamic morals and Sharia laws. Below are three initial responses to the controversy – from the artists themselves, from a group of Arab intellectuals, […]
  • Bahrain: Freemuse declaration read aloud

    CAMPAIGNS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain:Freemuse declaration read aloud in Bahrain Freemuse has issued a declaration in support of the ‘Spring of Culture’ performance in Bahrain. The declaration reminds politicians in Bahrain of their responsibility of defending human rights and freedom of expression. The declaration was read aloud in front of an audience at a cultural manifestation in Bahrain […]
  • Freedom of musical expression in the Middle East – report

    FREEMUSE REPORT 06 June 2006 Marie Korpe (ed.)’All that is Banned is Desired’Conference on Freedom of Expression in Music, Beirut 2005 Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2006ISSN: 1601-2127Read the report (in English language)Purchase printed versionRead the report (in Arabic language) There is an Arab saying ‘Kul Mamnou’ Marghoub.’‘All that is banned is desired.’And there is a Qur’anic command:‘Never […]
  • Lebanese singer Marcel Khalife banned in Tunisia

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanese singer banned in Tunisia By Freemuse Marcel Khalife, one of the most appreciated composers and singers in the Arab world and also one of the most respected by local and international rights groups, recently told the media that his music and songs have been banned in Tunisia by the state-controlled radio and […]
  • Marcel Khalife – the blasphemy trials

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Marcel Khalife – the blasphemy trialsOn 3 November 1999, Marcel Khalife appeared before the Beirut Court of First Instance, accused of blasphemy, charges that could bring him six months to six years imprisonment. The charge against him relates to the song ‘Oh Father, I am Yusuf’, based on a poem by the Palestinian […]
  • Marcel Khalife

    MARCEL KHALIFESinger and musician (Lebanon / France) ##PagePublishedLong## Video statement: ‘Majnoon Layla’In this statement Marcel Khalife speaks (in Arabic language) about why artists must engage in the defence of creativity.  See the video. 09 October 2002 Interview: ‘The quest for freedom’Video interview and music performance by Marcel Khalife recorded at the Freemuse at the 2nd Freemuse World […]
  • 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 […]
  • Jonas Otterbeck: Islamic reactions to the music of today

    WORKING PAPER Battling over the public sphere: Islamic reactions to the music of today A working paper – by Jonas Otterbeck, PhD in history of religions “States and local authorities have taken action against heavy metal musicians, female singers, music videos, and public concerts. Islamist and conservative Islamic organizations or individuals try to disturb and […]
  • Shoot the Singer! Book

    SHOOT THE SINGER! MUSIC CENSORSHIP TODAY 25 May 2004 Edited by Marie Korpe (Executive Director, Freemuse), published by Zed Books, London.Publication date: 18 May 2004. CD included. Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today was presented on 18 May 2004 at a combined book launch and one-day seminar on music censorship at SOAS (School of Oriental […]
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