• Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change During the last seven years, there has been a frightening rise in the number of censorship attempts on musicians, outspoken activists and journalists in Senegal. In the 2007 elections in Senegal, music played a vital part of political campaigning, reports Freemuse’s West Africa correspondentBy Rose Skelton, Freemuse   […]
  • Zimbabwe: “They don’t have jurisdiction over your spirit”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:“They don’t have jurisdiction over your spirit” In this interview Tongai Leslie Makawa, better known by his stage name Outspoken, talks about the conference, about meeting other artists and about trying to achieve “freedom with responsibility”: Outspoken gave an inspiring talk and performance in the conference […]
  • Russia: ‘Government fights outspoken musicians, says rock singer

    Russia:‘Government fights outspoken musicians’, says rock singer Music censorship exists in full glory in Russia, lead singer of the Russian rock group Televizor, Mikhail Borzykin, told SPINearth.tv ‘The Russian government fights outspoken musicians through censorship,’ said the rock singer. However, “today’s censorship does not happen directly. Instead of making a list to include certain songs […]
  • USA: Outspoken country singer banned in 1960s

    ARCHIVE USA: Outspoken country music singer banned in 1960s Grande dame of country music, Loretta Lynn, has had more songs banned than any other artist in the history of country music In the 1960s the little girl from Kentucky made music her way, taking on subjects considered taboo by the male-dominated recording industry. As a […]
  • Musician dies in police custody

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Musician dies in police custodyMalawi’s outspoken reggae musician Evison Matafale dies in police custody.Article from BBC Related reading
  • Malawi police shoot protesters

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malawi police shoot protestersA riot erupted when officers tried to break up a protest against the death in police custody of the outspoken reggae musician Evison Matafale.Article from BBC Related reading
  • Freemuse Award to Tiken Jah Fakoly

    FREEMUSE AWARD 20 August 2008 Exiled reggae singer from West Africa awardedThe first Freemuse Award is given to Tiken Jah Fakoly from Côte d’Ivoire. The award will be presented to him in connection with his Ireland debut concert at the Festival of World Cultures in Dublin on Saturday 23 August 2008. Tiken Jah Fakoly is […]
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