• Zimbabwe: Profile of Thomas Mapfumo – ‘the Lion of Zimbabwe’

    MUSICAN PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo – ‘the Lion of Zimbabwe’ “Chimurenga” means “struggle”, and as much as the chimurenga music, Thomas Mapfumo stands for struggle. It is the struggle of a nation in the southern part of the African continent to be free. Throughout years of struggle, Mapfumo has been an important revolutionary figure – […]
  • Zimbabwe: No end to music censorship in Zimbabwe

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: No end to music censorship in Zimbabwe Musicians Hosiah Chipanga and Raymond Majongwe, and their lawyers, speak about their recent experiences with music censorship in the “new” Zimbabwe under a coalition government. INTERVIEWS – by Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare         Album: pulled off air In Zimbabwe, it might be seven […]
  • Radio Freemuse: ‘Music censorship in Africa 2008’

    RADIO FREEMUSE 27 February 2008 Music censorship in Africa today This 15 minutes radio report is produced specifically for African radio stations that wish to inform their listeners about music censorship – for instance on the occasion of the global Music Freedom Day on 3 March Introduction to the programme (suggestion)“If you listen carefully the next […]
  • Zimbabwe before the elections: Airplay is only for the “patriots”

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe before the elections:Airplay is only for the “patriots”Zimbabwean musicians are bracing for a crucial election set for the end of March 2008. While the radio keeps rotating songs that praise the current regime, opposition and dissenting voices are silenced, and things fall apart, writes Freemuse executive committee member Maxwell Sibanda in his […]
  • United Kingdom: “Cultural censorship” threatens artistic endeavours

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:“Cultural censorship” threatens artistic endeavours Stringent immigration regulations and a seemingly insurmountable bureaucracy have led to several foreign artists being denied entry into the UK and are making it increasingly difficult to organise musical events featuring foreign artists Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo was forced to cancel his concert at the Womad Festival […]
  • Zimbabwe: Singing The Walls Down

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Singing The Walls DownProtest music may be dead in the West, but it’s alive and well in Zimbabwe, where the oppressed and the impoverished find hope and strength in the songs of Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi.Extensive article with background information, interviews with Mapfumo, Mtukudzi, and with government officials. Article from Time […]
  • Zimbabwean Censorship Board absent from censorship discussion

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean Censorship Board absent from censorship discussionAn Arts & Censorship Discussion on 9 September in Harare discussed the possible impact of recent Censorship Board actions.Report from Maxwell Sibanda.   Government representatives from the Censorship Board failed to turn up for a crucial discussion on censorship of artistic work which was held on 9 […]
  • Postscript to report on censorship in Zimbabwe

  • The Beginnings of Zimbabwean Protest Music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Beginnings of Zimbabwean Protest MusicUseful background information on the history of music and protest in Zimbabwe, including BBC interviews with Zimbabwe’s top musicians on their active role in the current political turmoil, article from Centre for Political Song on political music in Zimbabwe, and excerpt from Alice Dadirai Kwaramba, Popular Music and […]
  • Pre-election tension in Zimbabwe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pre-election tension in ZimbabweArtists and cultural workers in Zimbabwe fear that they may find themselves in trouble if their performance or artwork suggests criticism of the government.Speaking to BBC World Service’s Arts In Action programme, journalist Thomas Deve spoke of the role the country’s music is playing in the weeks leading up to […]
  • Thomas Mapfumo returns to Zimbabwe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo returns to Zimbabwe“Well, I was a bit concerned, but I wasn’t afraid. I knew a lot of ears were listening. A lot of people liked it, though as you know, Chimurenga Rebel was banned from being played on the radio. And this, I can confirm with you, because I spoke with one […]
  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation employs Ian Smith laws

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation employs Ian Smith lawsArticle by Zenzo Ncube (London) The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), formed in 1980 at Zimbabwe’s independence still uses the same repressive laws of the 60’s and 70’s that were used by the Ian Smith regime to prevent radio presenters playing music considered by officials to be anti […]
  • Threatening borders

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Threatening bordersWestern powers and authorities regard artists who accept invitations to play in their countries with suspicion. And the fortresses they are building around their riches are dissuading more and more musicians from risking discomfort and humiliation at the borders. Article from Mondomix Related reading
  • Thomas Mapfumo fears arrest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo fears arrestAmnesty asked to assist Mapfumo in Zimbabwe Thomas Mapfumo’s United States-based promoter, Al Green,has appealed to Amnesty International to assist the musician when he comes home later this month. In a letter to the Zimbabwean chapter of the international human rights group, Green said Mapfumo had been informed that there […]
  • Zimbabwe: Complete control – Music and propaganda in Zimbabwe

  • Thomas Mapfumo denied visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo denied visaThe US based singer was denied entry into Canada on his last tour. By Al Green (aNOnym reCOrds), November 2003 “Here is the exclusive story from me, Captain Anonymous… We set sail from Eugene on Monday, Nov. 10. Our US Visas for the coming year had been called into question […]
  • Thomas Mapfumo

    THOMAS MAPFUMOMusician (Zimbabwe)
  • Censorship threatens future musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Censorship threatens future musiciansThomas Mapfumo and Freemuse executive director Marie Korpe interviewed by BBC at the launch of ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ BBC interview Mapfumo and Korpe at the launch of ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’, 18 May 2004, SOAS, University of London. Related reading
  • Freemuse report on music censorship in Zimbabwe

    FREEMUSE REPORT Banning EyrePlaying with Fire: Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music.Freemuse, Copenhagen, October 2001, ISSN 1601-2127Banning Eyre, one of the United States’ foremost journalists on African music, on the situation in Mugabe’s increasingly repressive Zimbabwe. Watch video from the official presentation of the report at WOMEX 2001, click Read abstract Read the reportRead postscript, […]
  • 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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