• Argentina: City mayor suspends all electronic music festivals

    Mar del Plata mayor, Carlos Arroyo, issued a decree on 10 January 2017 suspending all electronic festivals in response to drug-related deaths in various Argentinian cities. The measure also reportedly aims at preventing drug consumption and reducing the number of clandestine raves, reported El Marplatense on 10 January 2017. The measure was announced despite the […]
  • Argentina: German electronic band’s concert re-instated after appeal

    Authorities in Buenos Aires denied German electronic band Kraftwerk a permit for their performance scheduled for 23 November 2016 due to their use of synthesizers in their show; an instrument included in a judicial ban enacted earlier in the year on electronic festivals. A few days later, the concert’s promoters appealed the decision and a […]
  • BBC: An Argentinian playlist of freedom

    ‘An Argentinian playlist of freedom’ was broadcasted on the BBC World Service on 18 February 2014. The music of a generation – growing up in the shadow of violent military rule in 1970s and 1980s Argentina. The slide show is part of the ‘Freedom 2014’ special series on BBC, ‘Freedom World Service’. “Whether it’s freedom […]
  • Argentina: One of Latin America’s most admired folk singers murdered

    NEWS Argentina / Guatemala: One of Latin America’s most admired folk singers murdered The 74-year-old Argentine singer and novelist Facundo Cabral was killed when his car came under heavy fire from three carloads of gunmen on 9 July 2011. The murder has prompted expressions of anguish from across Latin America, reported the Associated Press. Speaking […]
  • USA: Argentine song-writer won contest for freedom of expression

    NEWS USA / Argentina: Argentine song-writer won contest for freedom of expression 20-year-old Juliana Castro won the Inter American Press Association’s contest for original songs related to violence against the press and unpunished murders of journalists. The idea of ​​the contest was to find a song to create awareness about the need to end impunity […]
  • Argentina and Uruguay: Miguel Angel Estrella

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  • Karamelo Santo

    KARAMELO SANTO(Argentina) Pedro (lead vocals and percussion) of Karamelo Santo (Arg), interviewed by Freemuse / Eric Silva Brenneman at Roskilde Festival 27th of June 2003. Karamelo Santo, originally from Mendoza, Argentina, use a ska base for their musical fusion with politically critical messages concerning Argentina and the world. Pedro, have you ever experienced any kind […]
  • Argentina: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE Music censorship and restrictions in ArgentinaExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Mercedes Sosa Introduction (excerpt)Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in the Latin American countries. During the decades dominated by the […]
  • Argentina: Culture and the development of a lasting freedom

    SPEECHES Argentina:Can culture and art play a part in the development of a lasting freedom or not? Speech by Mr. Miguel Angel Estrella, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 Many artists and intellectuals throughout all times, believing that culture and art were a privileged way of transmitting aesthetic beauty, have asked themselves how […]
  • 1970s

    LATIN AMERICA, CARRIBEAN 1970 – 1979 1970’s. Brazil. Os MutantesThe Brazilian tropicalia band Os Mutantes are censored and monitored by the Brazilian government for stirring up the country’s youth. (The band hasn’t performed together since 1973 but reunited at a show in London at the end of May 2006, and then toured in New York, […]
  • United Kingdom: Britain at War

    ARTICLE Britain at War“Broadcasters have a history of being sensitive about certain material. I think it is probably true to say that it is not a matter in Britain of the central state saying, “you can’t play this”. It is a matter of broadcasters saying, “we’re supporting our boys in this one, we’re not going […]
  • Miguel Angel Estrella

    MIGUEL ANGEL ESTRELLAMusician (Argentina) “My torturers were in the habit of telling me: ‘We know that you are not a member of the guerrilla but you are worst, because with your piano, your ‘charisma’, you can put the “negrada” working class into your pocket. Over here, we are the Gods and we are wagging an […]
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