• Indonesia: West Aceh bans outdoor concerts

    The regency of West Aceh has banned all outdoor concerts based on a recommendation from a group of Muslim scholars trained in Shari’a law, reported The Sydney Morning Herald on 7 April 2016. Ulema, the body of scholars, believed that outdoor concerts had “more disadvantages than advantages”, leading West Aceh regent Teuku Alaidinsyah to no […]
  • Indonesia: Punk documentary released worldwide

    In Banda Aceh, on the northwestern tip of the island of Sumatra, there is a small and often misunderstood group of punks that have become labelled as a “social disease” as Shari’a law continues to grow over the last 10 years since the Indian Ocean tsunami. ‘Street Punk! Banda Aceh’, a documentary just released worldwide […]
  • Indonesia: Punk music and Shari’a law

    Punks face the tightening grip of Shari’a law in north Sumatra. This is documented in ‘Street Punk! Banda Aceh’ – a film about a punk community that refuses to die. Freemuse asked the film’s production team, director Maria Bakkalapulo and producer Niall Macaulay to tell about the struggle. By Maria Bakkalapulo and Niall Macaulay Punk’s […]
  • Indonesia: Ed Edy and Residivus face jail for singing ‘dog’ about police

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Two musicians face jail for singing ‘dog’ about police One song and the use of one word – ‘anjing’ – has left two musicians of the rock band Ed Edy and Residivus facing 18 months in prison. Canadian radio correspondent Michael McAuliffe travelled to the Indonesian island of Bali to meet the […]
  • Indonesia: Punk concert raided by the police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Punk concert raided by the police Police in the Aceh province raided a punk concert, detaining 65 punk fans – shaving the young men’s heads and cutting the women’s hair, stripping away their body piercings and throwing them in pools of water for “spiritual cleansing”. After the bath and change of clothes, […]
  • West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict Video from West Papua – a supplement to Clara Moksha’s Music Freedom Report which was published on 3 March 2012. Video by Clara Moksha  Music Freedom Report no. 4: West Papua Can freedom be sung? – Part 1 Music […]
  • Indonesia: Dangdut songs banned for ‘corrupting society’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Dangdut songs banned for ‘corrupting society’ 10 popular Dangdut songs were banned in a province of Indonesia for being ‘pornographic’, reported BBC News. In BBC-reporter Karishma Vaswani’s words, Dangdut music sounds like “a cross between techno and Bollywood, but it is 100 per cent Indonesian.” A growing and vocal group of conservative […]
  • Indonesia: Religious group protests against new Buddha Bar in Jakarta

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Religious group protests against new Buddha Bar The hip French lounge chain Buddha Bar is under pressure to close its only Asian branch, a club in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, amid corruption accusations and protests by Buddhists who say the use of their religious symbols are blasphemous. Associated Press reported from Jakarta […]
  • New Zealand: Indonesian embassy stops musical performance

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## New Zealand / Indonesia: Indonesian embassy stops musical performance At a festival in New Zealand, an audio-visual composition which focus on the indigenous people and politics of Indonesia was withdrawn after presure from the Indonesian embassy “The rights of New Zealanders have been infringed,” stated the composer of the musical piece ‘Papua Merdeka’ […]
  • Indonesia: Inul Daratista has overcome censorship

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia:Gyrating to the top Inul Daratista’s music career has overcome bans and censorship. Today she remains one of the most popular dangdut stars Indonesia has ever had By Meredith Holmgren   Her Muslim name is Ainur Rokhimah, meaning “eyes of blessed love”. Her stage name is Inul Daratista, meaning “the girl with breasts”. Before […]
  • Indonesia: Musicians successfully say “No to the warriors of jihad”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Sufi musician successfully say “No to the warriors of jihad” Ahmad Dhani and his band Dewa are on the front line of a global conflict, defending Islam from its fanatical hijackers. They seek to rescue a generation from extremists, writes the former president of Indonesia in an unusual column in the American […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Programme of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Speakers | Photos | Video interviews |   3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship   CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Latest update on 16 November 2006  SATURDAY 25 NOV   10:00 – 10:30 — OPENING CEREMONY —   MUSICAL WELCOME Mahsa Vahdat & Marjan Vahdat, Singers, Iran   WELCOME […]
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