• Listen to forbidden female voices

    » To listen, go to play.spotify.com   MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2017 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – IN CELEBRATION AND PROTECTION OF WOMEN’S VOICES Did you know that… Women are banned from singing in public in some countries? Women cannot attend a concert in some places? The music industry is still unequal? This is why Freemuse is focusing […]
  • Candidates to the UN Human Rights Council are grave violators of artistic expression

    Copenhagen 27 October 2016 | Freemuse is deeply concerned about the candidacies of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and Cuba, for seats in the UN Human Rights Council. These countries are leading the league of countries violating freedom of artistic expression and cannot be considered qualified to protect human rights in the Human Rights Council. “The […]
  • Cuba: Gorki Águila arrested again

    Cuban musician Gorki Águila was arrested on 7 November 2015 in Havana, as he was traveling in a car with two journalists from the television channel France24, reported 14ymedio. The composer and singer managed to call the newspaper from the Fifth Police Station in the Playa municipality, where he was taken with the two reporters. […]
  • Cuba: Freemuse calls for the release of imprisoned artists

    The Cuban graffiti artist and activist Danilo Maldonado Machado, best known as El Sexto, who has been arbitrarily imprisoned for eight months in the Valle Grande prison, located west of Havana, has initiated a hunger strike, according to El Nuevo Harald and various other sources. El Sexto was arrested on 25 December 2014 while he […]
  • Cuba: Cuban rocker Gorki Aguila arrested

    According to Capital Hill Cubans and other sources, Castro regime officials showed up on 5 August 2015 at the home of Cuban rocker Gorki Aguila and arrested him. According to his daughter, Gorki Aguila was given no cause for his arrest Aguila, front-man of the band Porno Para Ricardo, recently authored a song in honor […]
  • Cuba: Rapper sentenced to one year in prison

    On 28 January 2015, the rapper El Dkano (real name: Maikel Oksobo) was sentenced to a year in prison in Havana. It is generally believed he was targeted for having used music to express his dissenting political opinions. El Dkano was sentenced under a charge known as ‘peligrosidad predelictiva’ (‘dangerousness that is likely leading to […]
  • Cuba: Rapper ‘El Critico’ released from prison

    After nearly two years in prison, Cuban rapper Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, better known as ‘El Critico’, from the underground hip-hop duo The Unwanted Children, has been released, along with several other political prisoners across the island. Remón was sent to prison in 2013 after a violent, allegedly government-organised, mob attacked his home in the […]
  • Cuba: Rappers persecuted – beaten, ransacked, arrested

    Excerpt of blog-post by John Suarez at cubanexilequarter.blogspot.com: “The importance of generating and maintaining attention is critically important for anyone who dissents from the official government line. Rodolfo Ramirez, known by his rapping name as El Primario, member of the hip-hop duo El Primario y Julito, who appears in the above video was so badly […]
  • Cuba: Jailed rapper in critical condition due to hunger strike

    Activists on social networks convoked a “tweet-protest” on 1 November 2013, in solidarity with Cuban dissident rapper and political prisoner Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga, known best as “El Critico” form the hip-hop duo The Unwanted Children (Los Hijos Que Nadie Quiso). The musician was violently arrested by the political police on the 26th of March […]
  • Cuba: Pianist banned and forced to cancel shows

    The 41-year-old Cuban pianist and bandleader Robertico Carcassés has been suspended “indefinitely” from performing in Cuba after he improvised lyrics calling for direct presidential elections, free access to information and the end of the embargo during a televised concert on 12 September in the Cuban capital, Havana. Many of Cuba’s most popular musicians performed at the […]
  • Cuba: Banned exiled singers allegedly stricken from censorship list

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Banned exiled singers allegedly stricken from censorship list The BBC reported on 8 August 2012 that several Cuban radio stations confirm they no longer face restrictions on playing music by exiles. The BBC-reporter Sarah Rainsford wrote that the Cuban state-run radio had declared that previously forbidden Cuban-American musical performers such as Celia […]
  • USA/Cuba: Impossible Music Session 4 – Not appearing: Escuadr

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Cuba:‘Impossible Music Session’ no 4 – Not appearing: Escuadrón Patriota Friday 10 June 2011 at 8:00 PM in Pfizer Auditorium in Brooklyn, New York, USA In Cuba, hip-hop artists who uphold “revolutionary” doctrine are supported by the government’s Rap Agency. Those who don’t are barred from state-controlled media and subject to […]
  • Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe Authorities in Cuba forbids three members of Porno Para Ricardo from performing at the United Islands music festival in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, on 25 June 2011 It would have been their first concert performance in Europe. But although the Czech organisers as […]
  • Cuba: Two hip-hop musicians arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Two hip-hop musicians arrested Julito and El Primario, two hip-hop musicians who have popularized songs defiantly against the Cuban government and who started a label called Sin Censura Records (Without Censorship Records), were arrested at an anti-government protest. 21-year-old Julito (real name: Julio León Fonseca), and 22-year-old El Primario (real name: Rodolfo […]
  • Cuba: Singer Pablo Milan

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Singer allegedly banned from public broadcasting Songs of the famous Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés have been banned on Cubas nationwide network of radio stations from 26 September 2011, reported Café Fuerte. Pablo Milanes has been a symbol of Cuban revolutionary culture for decades, but he now seems to have ended his days […]
  • Cuba: Rock singer Gorki Águila again harassed by authorities

    NEWS 01 December 2010 Cuba: Rock singer Gorki Águila again harassed by authorities Cuban punk-rock singer Gorki Águila and the members of his band Porno Para Ricardo were arrested on 26 November 2010, and released ten hours later, reported the group’s manager, Laura García Freyre, in a press relase which was published on Facebook. According […]
  • Cuba: Censored rap group thrives on YouTube

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Censored rap group thrives on YouTube The songs of the Cuban rap group Los Aldeanos are considered ‘too critical’ by Cuba’s authorities and therefore they have been banned on Cuban radio stations and cannot be sold in the shops. According to an article published by Reuters, YouTube has instead become their channel […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Gorki Aguila

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS Gorki Aguila Musician and composer, Cuba With respect to my trip to the Freemuse conference in Copenhagen in 2002: To me it was both eye opening to travel abroad and get to know such a special city in terms of history, architecture and people – as well […]
  • Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody

    NEWS 30 September 2009 Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody Singer and rapper El Aldeano (real name: Aldo Roberto Rodríguez Baquero), member of the popular Cuban rap group Los Aldeanos, was detained at 11:00 AM on 28 September 2009. He was released later the same day. The group quickly published the following statement on the […]
  • Cuba/USA: Music Freedom Day sparks emotional debates on Cuban blogs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Country: Cuba/USAMusic Freedom Day sparks emotional debates on Cuban blogsMusic Freedom Day, 3 March 2008, fuelled interesting and revealing debates on past and present accounts of censorship in Cuba. The increasingly popular ‘blogger-universe’ hosts the emotional and political exchange of opinions on the history of music censorship on the Caribbean island. By Martin […]
  • Cuba: Country profile

    COUNTRY PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship and restrictions in CubaExcerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish Americaby Jens Lohmann   Celia Cruz (1925-2003) 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 […]
  • Mario Masvidal: Music censorship in Cuba

    MARIO MASVIDAL (Cuba) ##PagePublishedLong## Dr. Mario Masvidal has hosted a weekly radio show for 12 years, and published various articles and essays on Cuban media and music during the last seven years. In this interview he speaks about the present situation concerning music censorship in Cuba – as it appeared by the end of 2006.  […]
  • Cuba: Imprisonment made Gorki stronger

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba:Imprisonment made Gorki stronger Gorki Águila is back full force. The Cuban music rebel was praised for his courage in a report on the American news network CNN on 23 April 2007 where his new music got world-wide exposure “I’ve lost my fearI’ve already been a prisonerI’ve only got a few bones leftFrom up […]
  • Puerto Rico: Censorship on reggaeton genre

  • Ry Cooder fears Cuban ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ry Cooder fears Cuban banAfter the US Government banned Ry Cooder from working with musicians from Cuba, Cooder says his latest collaboration with Cuban musicians could be his lastStory from BBC Related reading
  • CRAG Report: The Missing Cuban Musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## CRAG Report: The Missing Cuban Musicians This 34 page report reviews the history of the current blanket ban the U.S. government has put on any Cuban musicians coming to the U.S.From AfroCubaWeb:“Entrance into the United States by Cuban musicians, artists and academicians has been extremely limited since November of 2003. No Cuban bands […]
  • Cuba: Rap and censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Rap and censorshipThe following articles originates from the Florida-based organization CubaNet;Program director fired over banned music (November 2002)Censorship against young poets and rap artists (December 2002) Related reading
  • Cuban musicians criticize new U.S. travel rules

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuban musicians criticize new U.S. travel rulesA group of musicians has criticized new U.S. regulations that will further limit travel to Cuba, urging the United States to build bridges to the island instead of tearing them down. The musicians, who produce jazz, Afro-Cuban music and a ballad style known as Cuban trova, tied […]
  • The case of Gorki Luis

  • Cuba – US row over Grammy visas

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba – US row over Grammy visasThe Cuban government has accused the United States of deliberately delaying visas to stop Cuban nominees attending the Latin Grammy Awards in Miami. Story from BBCSee also “The Impact of Visa Crackdowns on World Music in the US” Related reading
  • Shoot the Singer! Photos for download

    PHOTO GALLERY • ‘SHOOT THE SINGER!’ 21 April 2004 To download Thomas Mapfumo photos, please seehttp://www.anonymousweb.com/promo/promo.html Photos for download The Kurdish group Koma Asmin were taken to a police station after a successful concert and interrogated by the anti-terror department.(Photo courtesy of the Mesopotamian Cultural Centre) During their rule in Afghanistan, the Taliban arranged bonfires […]
  • Press release: Doubtful arrest of Cuban Musician

  • Aprehensi

    PRESS RELEASE Freemuse está iniciando una compañia internacional a cerca de la: APREHENSIÓN DUDOSA DE UN MÚSICO CUBANO Freemuse pide al gobierno Cubano de reconsiderar un caso débil contra el músico controversial de rock, Gorki Luis Àguila Carrasco, que fue formalmente declarado culpable al narcotráfico y sentenciado para cuatro años. Sin embargo, las circumstancias llegando a […]
  • Cultural Boycott – of any use? Freemuse Conference

  • Songs of Cuba, silenced in America

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Songs of Cuba, silenced in America” We may think we are isolating Cuba with our embargo and our travel restrictions, but it is we Americans who are becoming isolated.” US singer-songwriter Jackson Browne on the US – Cuba visa conflict.From New York Times;http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/22/opinion/22BROW.html Read more:
  • Cuba: Musician Gorki Aguila released

    NEWS 30 August 2008 Cuba:Musician Gorki Águila released After receiving a fine for civil disobedience, punk-rock singer and musician Gorki Águila could walk out of the court room as a free man. The court dismissed a more serious ‘social dangerousness’ charge that could have sent him to prison for four years. On 29 August, following […]
  • Cuba: Musician Gorki Aguila arrested again

    NEWS 27 August 2008 Cuba:Musician Gorki Águila arrested again According to members of his band, punk-rock musician Gorki Águila was arrested on 25 August 2008 and faces up to four years’ imprisonment for ‘peligrosidad’ — socalled pre-crime social dangerousness. ‘Peligrosidad’ literally means ‘dangerous’ — used as a loose legal term to brand, apprehend and incarcerate […]
  • Cuba/Netherlands: Film about the underground music scene

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba:Film about the underground music scene The documentary film ‘¡Cuba RebelióN!’ is an unusual and very outspoken portrait of the Cuban underground music scene. It’s about the punk-rock and metal musicians rebelling against the bureaucracy and imposed conformity of the Castro regime. By Kristina Funkeson, Freemuse The film gives an historical overview of music […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference – report

    FREEMUSE REPORT 20 August 2007 Marie Korpe (ed.)MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED – 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music & Censorship, Istanbul 25-26. November 2006Report no. 8Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2007ISSN: 1601-2127.   75 pages. Read the reportThe printed version of the report is unfortunately out of stock. MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED INTRODUCTIONBy Ole Reitov Listening to many […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

    | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |   3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP     25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being […]
  • Speakers of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS Andy Fuller (Australia)Andy Fuller was born in 1977 in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his Master of Arts in 2004 at University of Melbourne. His thesis studied the politically subversive literature of […]
  • 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 […]
  • Freedom of Expression Awards 2004

    NEWS Freedom of Expression Awards 2004 The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2004 took place on 22 March. The Music Award went to Daniel Barenboim & Edward Said. The other nominees were Gorki Luis Águila Carrasco, Junoon, and Ferhat Tunc. See; http://www.indexonline.org/news/20040322_international.shtml Read more: Roskilde Festival 2003, Damon Albarn on music censorship Damon […]
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