• Azerbaijan: Rapper’s family detained over music video

    Azerbaijani authorities detained rapper Jamal Ali’s mother, uncle and two cousins for four days after Ali released an online music video critical of the government, reported Eurasianet on 9 January 2017. The video for song ‘Heykal Baba’ (Monument Grandpa) was released on 31 December 2016 and was dedicated to two young activists who are serving […]
  • Azerbaijan: Russian opera star banned

    Foreign nationals who took part in the concert of internationally renowned Russian opera singer Lyubov Kazarnovskaya in the city of Hankendi (Stepanakert) in Nagorno-Karabakh on 2 September 2015 have been placed on the list of undesirable persons, head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev said. In early July 2015, Azerbaijan’s […]
  • Azerbaijan: Call for American singer to stand up for political prisoners

    “Lady Gaga’s surprise appearance in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she performed at the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games, drew immediate condemnation from the international human rights community — as well it should,” wrote Global Post’s Rebecca Vincent. “Lady Gaga’s appearance was a stark contrast to Bono’s impassioned appeal for the release of Azerbaijani political […]
  • Azerbaijan: Music by Armenian composer banned in Baku

    Organisers of the forthcoming European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, which is held in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, have asked the Belarusian team to refrain from playing music by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, head coach of the Belarusian team Irina Laperskaya told a press conference in Minsk. The Azerbaijani authorities have long banned Armenian nationals and ethnic Armenian […]
  • Azerbaijan: Foreign music banned in Nakhijevan

    The Nakhijevan TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee has banned broadcasting of all foreign music on Nakhijevan radio channels, the Azerbaijani news portal Haqqin.az reported. “The ban includes genres such as rock and rap, regardless if they have been produced within Azerbaijan and are sung in the Azerbaijani language. It includes Turkish songs as well,” writes […]
  • Azerbaijan: Report about artistic freedom of expression

    A new 33-page report by Art for Democracy details cases of violations of the right to artistic freedom of expression over the past three years in Azerbaijan. According to the report, ‘Creativity Under Pressure: Artistic Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan’, the Azerbaijani authorities have used a range of tactics to silence critical artistic expression, including […]
  • Azerbaijan: Rapper arrested, allegedly for song criticising police

    NEWS Azerbaijan: Rapper arrested, allegedly for song criticising police Dado Photo: From youtube video “We strongly condemn the detention and harassment of popular Azerbaijani rapper Said Aliyev, also known as Dado, and consider this action as unlawful interference with his right to freedom of expression,” wrote The Art for Democracy campaign in Baku, the capital […]
  • Press release: Eurovision: A pretty face cannot hide the ugly reality

    PRESS RELEASE Eurovision Song Contest in AzerbaijanA pretty face cannot hide the ugly realities As Europe celebrates the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, several musicians from the country have gone into exile. In a video interview with Freemuse, Azer Cirttan talks about censorship, fear and Eurovision from his exile in Holland. He feels that […]
  • Azerbaijan: Rock musician flees to Germany over concerns for his safety

    NEWS 21 May 2012 Azerbaijan: Rock musician flees to Germany over concerns for his safety Rapper and guitarist Jamal Ali who was recently interviewed for a video by Humans Rights Watch fled his home country on Wednesday 16 May 2012, he told the British newspaper The Guardian via Skype from Berlin. Jamal Ali claims that […]
  • Azer Cirttan

    AZER CIRTTAN(Azerbaijan) Exiled singer-songwriter Azer Cirttan speaks about censorship, fear and Eurovision This interview with Azer Cirttan was recorded by Nicklas Wallén in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in February 2012. Explaining what lead up to his decision to leave the country, Azer tells me that the concerts he tried to make were all cancelled. A while […]
  • Azerbaijan: Three young musicians and activists detained

    NEWS 22 March 2012 Azerbaijan: Three young musicians and activists detained Left: Etibar SalmanliRight: Jamal Ali Photographed at the protest on 17 March 2012 Credit: Photoreporters Union Two musicians and the leader of a youth organisation were detained after protests in the capital Baku on 17 March 2012. They are currently being held in Sabael District […]
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