• Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

    Freemuse Annual Statistics on Censorship and Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2015 Artistic freedom is under extreme pressure in far too many countries. The Freemuse annual report summarises censorship and threats on artistic freedom in 2015 in over 70 countries. In total, Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of […]
  • Ethiopia: Crackdown on Oromo musicians

    The current unrest in the Oromia region with news reports about a state crackdown on musicians is nothing new in Ethiopia, explains Endalk in this background article. In the last two decades, any Oromo singer who gravitated towards political and social activism have been subjected to intimidation, abductions, and torture. Singers have been killed, and […]
  • Ethiopia: Three singers arrested, abducted and tortured

    Three Oromo protest singers have reportedly been arrested, abducted and tortured in Ethiopia during December 2015: Hawi Tezera, Jireenyaa Shifarraa and Bilisummaa Dinquu. Hawi Tezera, an ethnic Oromo singer, was reportedly beaten, arrested, released and then rearrested in the space of just seven days in December 2015 by Ethiopian government security forces in connection with […]
  • Ethiopia: Teddy Afro’s trial takes a strange twist

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro’s trial takes a strange twist The defence lawyer of reggae singer Teddy Afro and an editor-in-chief of a local newspaper which interviewed the lawyer were arrested in Addis Ababa on 4 August 2008. The lawyer was convicted to 50 days in prison on 6 August. By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s […]
  • Ethiopia: Three witnesses testify in musician’s trial

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Three witnesses testify in musician’s trial Singer Teddy Afro, who was arrested by the authorities last month for a hit and run accident back in November 2006, appeared in court on 21 May 2008. This fifth hearing allowed the prosecution to introduce its key witnesses to the court. By Tsigue Shiferaw – […]
  • Ethiopia: Teddy Afro free at last

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro free at last On 13 August 2009 at around 5 PM quietly outside the high court in Lideta in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro was finally released from prison. Freemuse caught up with him the following day at this mother’s home, where he gave this short interview. Reggae […]
  • Ethiopia: Unanswered question of censorshiip at Teddy Afro’s first concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia:Unanswered question of censorship at Teddy Afro’s first concert since release Was it self-censorship or restrictions that held Teddy Afro back from playing his two most controversial songs at his triumphant ‘back-in-freedom concert’ which gathered 30,000 of his fans on 11 October 2009? By Tsigue Shiferaw — Freemuse’s correspondent in Addis Ababa An […]
  • Ethiopia: Teddy Afro sentenced to six years in prison for hit-and-run incident

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro sentenced to six years in prison for hit-and-run incident On 5 December 2008 it was announced that the popular Ethiopian reggae singer and opposition political icon Teddy Afro has been sentenced to six years imprisonment and an 18,000 Br fine for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident in which an […]
  • Ethiopia: Popular protest singer imprisoned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Popular protest singer imprisoned On 16 April 2008 the Ethiopian reggae singer Teddy Afro was suddenly arrested and charged with causing the death of a young man in a hit-and-run traffic accident in November 2006. ‘Why Teddy Afro and why now?’ his fans ask. Teddy Afro’s song ‘Jah Yasteseryal’ (which translates to […]
  • Ethiopia: No release for singer Teddy Afro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: No release for singer Teddy Afro Singer Teddy Afro is still imprisoned after he appeared in court again on 4 July 2008. “This is a political trial, where the authorities are framing a popular singer,” writes Tsigue Shiferaw By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s reporter in Addis Ababa On Friday 4 July 2008, […]
  • Ethiopia/Sweden: concert cancelled due to death threat

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia / Sweden:Ethiopian reggae superstar cancels concerts in Sweden Death threats against the Ethiopian pop star and reggae artist Tewodros Kassahun, also known as “Teddy Afro”, caused the Swedish festival Selam to cancel his concert in Stockholm, reports the Swedish music magazine Lira. On the internet, however, another version of this news story […]
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