• Israel: Gazan singer on conditional release by Hamas authorities

    On 25 January 2017, Hamas authorities in Gaza released singer-comedian Adel al-Mashwakhi on bail after having been arrested and in prison since 11 January 2017 for a video he posted on his Facebook page, reported Minneapolis Star Tribune on 26 January 2017. Al-Mashwakhi said his release was conditional upon him no longer making “politically flavoured” […]
  • Israel: Culture minister and activists call for cancellation of Palestinian rapper’s performance

    Israel’s controversial Minister of Culture Miri Regev tried to persuade the city of Haifa and its mayor to cancel Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar’s performance at the 32nd annual Haifa Film Festival due to his stance on Israel, reported The Times of Israel on 18 October 2016. Regev’s letter followed warnings from Likud party activists who said […]
  • Morocco: News site publishes blacklist of artists with alleged ties to Israel

    On 9 September 2016, Moroccan news site Noon Presse published its own blacklist of seven Moroccan performers and artists who have “normalised” relations with Israel, which means, according to the site, that the artists have chosen “to go against the flow” by “unashamedly visiting Israel or communicating with Israelis”. The blacklist includes three musicians, two […]
  • Israel: Palestinean drummer arrested and dumped in wasteland

    Drummer Samer Jaradat was arrested by Israeli police at a checkpoint on the road between Nazareth and Jericho. Police claimed that his papers weren’t in order. “From all what we know, there was nothing wrong with his papers,” told Steinar Larsen, the director of Trondheim Soloists whom Samer Jaradat was touring with. A quintet from […]
  • USA: MTV series documents power of music and art to ignite change

    Launched on 18 November 2013, the weekly series ‘Rebel Music’ on MTV’s collage-channel in the United States, mtvU, documents youth uprising and the power of music and art to ignite change in conflict areas around the world. “Revolution has a sound. Meet a new generation of fearless youth igniting change around the world.” Each of […]
  • Israel: Conference about ‘music on troubled soils’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Conference in October about ‘music on troubled soils’ Which role does music play for countries in conflict? Does music have a power to overcome physical or cultural barriers? Such questions will be investigated when musicians, politicians and experts from Europe, the United States and Africa gather in Jerusalem, Israel, on 23-26 October […]
  • Iran: Banned Israeli Persian-language album gains popularity

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Banned Israeli Persian-language album gains popularity The music of Rita Jahan-Foruz — an Iranian-born, Israel-based singer — is becoming increasingly popular in both Iran and Israel, as tensions grow between the two countries. 50-year-old Rita Jahan-Foruz’s music is banned in her birthplace Iran where any music whose singing, performance or distribution is […]
  • Palestine: New Year’s concerts stopped

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: New Year’s concerts stopped Two concerts were stopped in Ramallah – both incidents are more or less related to the political situation in the area. Bloggers report that police stopped a concert with musician Basel Zayed and his group Turab during the Palestinian New Year’s festival at Arafat Square in Ramallah. The […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Dutch street band attacked with tear gas

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Dutch street band attacked with tear gas During their performance in the Palestinian village Kufr Qadum in northern West Bank, the street orchestra Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht (The First Night of Love Brass Band) from the Netherlands was attacked with tear gas by the Israeli army, reported Palestine News Network on […]
  • Israel: Women sing out in musical protest against orthodox prohibition

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Women sing out in musical protest against orthodox prohibition In response to the orthodox prohibition against women singers. Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman has announced a Tel Aviv street protest in which a group of women will stand in public and sing, to make their voices heard. On Friday 11 November 2011, Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman and […]
  • Darg Team

    DARG TEAM(Palestine) ##PagePublishedLong## Rappers Fadi and Bess speak about freedom of expression in Palestine Freemuse interview with two members of the hip-hop group Darg Team from Gaza Town — about their experiences with censorship because they use their music to communicate critical and political messages, and about the negative image hip-hop has in Gaza because […]
  • Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis “Artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come,” says the Israeli rabbi Ben Zion Mutsafi. Because of a performance in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women, the singer Erez Yechiel was […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voices heard

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard Sponsors, studio owners and party organisers shun Mothafar Assar’s Street Band Rappers due to Hamas disapproval, reported the British newspaper The Guardian. Read the full story here: The Guardian – 20 October 2010:‘Last rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard’ Related reading on […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Singer kidnapped and beaten by gunmen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Singer kidnapped and beaten by gunmen Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped, beaten up, and thrown in a field in Gaza by unidentified gunmen By SKeyes-Gaza, Center for Media and Cultural Freedom 28-year-old Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped at midnight on Monday 19 October 2009 at the entrance of An-Nafaq Street […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine:Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded Palestinian authorities has disbanded a youth orchestra and barred its Arab conductor, Wafa Younes, from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel as part of the annual Good Deeds Day organised by Israeli billionaire Shari Arison. According to various sources […]
  • Israel/UK: Cancellation of show causes censorship row

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK / Israel:Cancellation of show causes censorship row A London-performance of a group of 19-year-old Israeli soldiers turned singers was cancelled because the owners of the theatre hall claimed it was ‘political’. The organisers, the Zionist Federation, denied the claim and accused the theatre hall’s owners of censorship. The five soldiers from the […]
  • Israel: British musician defied death threats by militants

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel:British musician defied death threats by militants British musician Paul McCartney defied death threats by religious militants in the Middle East before his concert in Israel where he performed in Tel Aviv for 40,000 fans on 25 September 2008 — 43 years after Israeli authorities banned the Beatles from performing there. “Paul McCartney survives […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Islamist reactionary groups threaten American pop stars

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine:Islamist reactionaries threaten American pop stars American pop stars Madonna and Britney Spears will have their “heads cut off” if they continue “spreading Satanic American culture”, threaten leaders of militant groups in Palestine, according to a new book by the American journalist Aaron Klein In the book ‘Schmoozing with Terrorists’ several Palestenian leaders […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Orchestra prevented from entering Gaza

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel / Palestine:Orchestra prevented from entering Gaza An international classical orchestra was refused to perform in Gaza after its sole Palestinian member was prevented from entering the Gaza Strip and the orchestra refused to perform without him, writes Association Al Kamandjâti The Palestinian member of the orchestra, violinist Ramzi Aburedwan, was prevented from […]
  • Israel: Police confiscates CDs with “inflammatory song”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel:Police confiscates CDs with “inflammatory song”The song ‘Hawk of Lebanon’ by the Palestinian “wedding circuit” boy band Northern Band has been banned by Israeli authorities. Tapes and CDs containing the song are being confiscated at the borders and in music shops At the height of the Israel-Hezbollah war, the five singers of Northern […]
  • Israel: Censorship controversy over Israeli Eurovision song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel:Censorship controversy over Eurovision song with political message The Eurovision 2007 contest had a controversy surrounding the Israeli song ‘Push the Button’ which makes reference to Palestinian suicide bombs and therefore was proposed banned by a Finnish official. The organisers, however, decided to approve of it There were calls to ban the song ‘Push […]
  • Israel/UK: Rock star changed his mind about concert venue

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## England / Israel / Palestine: Pink Floyd rock star changed his mind about concert venue Pink Floyd bass player Roger Waters Roger Waters has called off his summer concert in Tel Aviv and will instead perform in a chickpea field near a joint Jewish-Arab village The June concert which had been set for […]
  • Israel: American piano tuner arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel:American piano tuner arrestedAmerican piano tuner Paul Larudee was arrested on his arrival to Israel, reports Ha’aretz Journalist Noam Ben Ze’ev from the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports that the 60-year-old piano tuner Paul Larudee from USA has been sitting in a jail cell in Ben-Gurion airport, waiting for a court decision on his case, […]
  • Kamilya Jubran

    KAMILYA JUBRAN (Israel / Palestine) ##PagePublishedLong## Kamilya Jubran is born in Akka in Israel to Palestinian parents who are from a northern Palestinian village in Al-Jaleel. From 1982 to 2002, Kamilya was lead song performer of the orchestra Sabreen which was a voice of resistance for the Palestinians. In 2002 she began touring with her solo show. […]
  • Israel/UK: Pink Floyd star rejects cultural boycott

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## England / Israel / Palestine: Pink Floyd star rejects cultural boycott Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has been asked by Palestinians to cancel his show in Tel Aviv or to put on a separate performance for Palestinians The Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art and the League of Palestinian Artists has sent a letter to […]
  • Israel: Chava Alberstein banned

    ARCHIVE Israel:Singer boycotted for critizing the Israeli governmentFilled with sly humor or sharp criticism of the country’s policies, Alberstein has taken a stand, criticizing Israel’s handling of the Palestinean uprisings. As a result, her music has been banned in the Israeli radio Singer Chava Alberstein is among the most popular – and prolific – Israeli musicians. […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Taliban-like attempts to censor music in West Bank

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong##   Palestine: Taliban-like attempts to censor music As a Hamas-led town council in the West Bank bans outdoor music and dance performances in order to prevent “the mingling of the sexes”, musicians fear that Palestine is liable to be turned into an Islamic-law state.   Music causes controversies all over the muslim world […]
  • Barenboim plays wagner in Jerusalem

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Barenboim plays wagner in JerusalemPlaying Wagner in Israel has always been considered very controversial. Conductor Daniel Barenboim got very mixed responses when he played a piece from Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” as an encore. “He raped us” says Simon Wiesenthal Centre representative. Read full story from BBC Related reading
  • Israel/Palestine: Death threats to popular musician in West Bank

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Death threats to popular West Bank musician In July 2005, gunmen broke up a concert of the popular singer Amar Hassan at a university in the West Bank. “We will wage a creative war against the militants – with more poems, more art, more singing,” says Amar Hassan.  The popular West Bank singer and musician […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Angry Islamists break up hip-hop concert with Kalashnikovs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine:Angry Islamists break up hip-hop concert with Kalashnikovs Stone-hurling and stick-swinging teenage Hamas supporters chased the rap group P.R. (‘Palestinian Rappers’) off the stage. As pioneers of Palestinian hip-hop from the Gaza Strip, P.R. have learned the hard way that hip-hop is not popular among conservative muslims and Hamas (the Islamic Resistance Movement) […]
  • Threatening borders

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Threatening bordersWestern powers and authorities regard artists who accept invitations to play in their countries with suspicion. And the fortresses they are building around their riches are dissuading more and more musicians from risking discomfort and humiliation at the borders. Article from Mondomix Related reading
  • Middle East: Hip-Hop on the frontline

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Hip-Hop on the frontlineGlobalised rap music may have lost its bite, but in the Middle East it’s giving voice to both sides in the conflict. Article from The Guardian. For Arab countries and the Middle East, the influence and performance of hip-hop lights a few fuses. First, the debate that hip-hop’s cultural swamping […]
  • The Market and Media Censors – panel debate

  • Freemuse statement on cultural boycott

  • Israel: On the road to McCarthyism?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: On the road to McCarthyism?The artistic establishment in Israel, whose job it is to support the activities of artists and defend their rights, decided to exercise its authority and impose censorship under the guise of various pretexts. Story from Haaretz Related reading
  • Israel: The Current Wave of the Wagner Debate

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## THE CURRENT WAVE OF THE WAGNER DEBATE IN ISRAEL By Mr. Noam Ben-Zeev, Israel.Music Critic & Journalist at Haaretz Daily. Also a Lecturer at Alon School for the Arts & Sciences. A new wave of the bitter debate, whether the music of Richard Wagner should be performed in Israel, has started again in […]
  • Amal Murkus

    AMAL MURKUSSinger and actress (Palestine/Israel)
  • Rania Elias: Cultural boycott on Israel?

  • Cultural Boycott – of any use? Freemuse Conference

  • The Middle East: New restrictions on satellite tv

    NEWS The Middle East:New restrictions on satellite tv Freedom of expression in the Middle East suffered a major setback on 12 February 2008 when 21 information ministers of the Arab League agreed on a new charter which requires satellite tv broadcasting “not to offend leaders in the Arab world” and to “protect Arab identity from […]
  • Jonas Otterbeck: Islamic reactions to the music of today

    WORKING PAPER Battling over the public sphere: Islamic reactions to the music of today A working paper – by Jonas Otterbeck, PhD in history of religions “States and local authorities have taken action against heavy metal musicians, female singers, music videos, and public concerts. Islamist and conservative Islamic organizations or individuals try to disturb and […]
  • Freemuse.org: Focus on artists from the Middle East

    NEWS Freemuse.org:Videocamera focus on artists from the Middle East Watch the new video interviews on www.freemuse.org During the ‘Images of the Middle East’ festival in Denmark in August-September 2006, Freemuse recorded video interviews with… • Turkish-Kurdish folk singer  Sivan Perwer• Palestinian-Israeli singer Kamilya Jubran• Lebanese Death Metal band Oath to Vanquish• Lebanese-French rapper and composer Clotaire K• Also, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Shoot the Singer! – table of contents

    SHOOT THE SINGER ! TABLE OF CONTENTS Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today table of contents one | Introduction1 What is music censorship? Towards a better understanding of the termMartin Cloonan 2 Music as a parallel power structureAlenka Barber-Kersovan 3 Music as a useless activity: conservative interpretations of music in IslamJonas Otterbeck two | Asia4 […]
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