• Malaysia: Artist released on bail; investigation pending

    Malaysian artist Namewee was released on bail in Penang on 25 August 2016 after four days in detention over charges that a recent video he starred in, directed and produced allegedly insulted Islam, reported Reuters on 25 August 2016. Penang district police chief Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said they have referred the case to the Penang […]
  • Malaysia: Artist detained over allegedly “insulting Islam” in music video

    Police detained Malaysian artist Namewee upon his return from being abroad on 21 August 2016 at the Kuala Lampur airport and are investigating him after groups filed reports that his latest music video “insulted Islam”, reported The Star Online on 22 August 2016. “Malaysian authorities must release Namewee and drop all charges against him,” said Freemuse […]
  • Malaysia: Rapper threatened with censorship and arrest

    Police plan to arrest rapper Namewee (real name Wee Meng Chee) when he returns to Malaysia over his recent video for a song he performed with Taiwanese hip hop trio Jiu Yi Yi (Nine One One) called ‘Oh My God’, which has allegedly insulted religion, reported Free Malaysia Today on 2 August 2016. Penang police […]
  • Malaysia: Youths arrested during music gig

    163 youths, including a photographer from The Malaysian Insider, were detained by the police on 28 August 2015 while watching a Bersih music countdown at the independent punk music venue Rumah Api in Ampang Jaya, according to Malaysian Insider and other sources. According to one of those detained, Aizuddin Ismail, everyone was brought to the […]
  • Malaysia: American artist banned for offending religious sensitivities

    Malaysian authorities have banned a planned concert by the American pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities. The organiser of the concert, Livescape, told the news agencies that it received a letter from the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia about the ban and that it will be losing US$ 350,000 […]
  • Malaysia: American heavy metal band denied permit to perform

    Christian and Islamic groups in Malaysia called for a festival concert with the American heavy metal band Lamb of God scheduled for 28 September 2013 in Kuala Lumpur to be banned. As a result, on 4 September, the band was reportedly denied permit to perform in Malaysia. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir […]
  • Malaysia: Committee to evaluate whether song should be banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia: Committee to evaluate whether song should be banned The Malaysian song ‘Bawaku Pergi’, which is sung by Kaka and actor-comedian Zizan, was suggested to be banned because it contains lyrics which could encourage young people to run away from home. The minister of culture wants to give it a second thought. The […]
  • Malaysia/Philippines: Religious groups unite in bid to silence pop singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia / Philippines: Religious groups unite in bid to silence pop singer Christian and Muslim groups attempt to ban American superstar Lady Gaga’s shows during her Asia tour, calling her music, persona and style the ‘work of Satan’, while tens of thousands of her fans in Seoul, Jakarta and Manila campaign for the […]
  • Malaysia: Muslims barred from hip-hop concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia: Muslims barred from hip-hop concert The American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas is scheduled to perform at a theme park near Kuala Lumpur on 25 September 2009, but because the concert is spnsored by a brewery, the Irish beermaker Guinness, “the party is only open to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above,” […]
  • Malaysia: In League With Satan? – The Malaysian Black Metal Ban

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:In League With Satan? — The Malaysian Black Metal Ban A personal account by the editor of The Devil On 45 Zine Author: ‘Ed On 45’First published: 10 July 2009 What do you think of first when you hear the term ‘black metal’? Probably something along the lines of; high pitched vocals, blast […]
  • Malaysia: Two singers deemed “unacceptable to Islam”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia: Two singers deemed “unacceptable to Islam” The youth wing of Malaysia’s opposition Islamic party will stage a peaceful protest if the two singers Mas Idayu and Ella are not banned from a 6 July concert, reported The Associated Press on 17 June 2008. Rock singer Norzila Aminuddin, better known as Ella – […]
  • Malaysia: Singer banned for showing bare chest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Singer banned for showing bare chest Singer Faizal Tahir is banned by Malaysian authorities from appearing in any entertainment programmes on tv for three months. Reason: he took off his shirt during a live concert on tv On 13 January 2008, pop singer Faizal Tahir courted controversy by removing his shirts to his […]
  • Malaysia: Student faces imprisonment for “seditious” rap

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Student faces imprisonment for ‘seditious’ rap Malaysian authorities to act against student over socalled ‘seditious’ national anthem rap on YouTube By Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Bangkok (SEAPA/IFEX) – Malaysian authorities are looking to come down hard on a student in Taiwan who has allegedly insulted nationalistic and Islamic sensibilities in a music […]
  • Malaysia: Norwegian rock band banned from performing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Norwegian rock band banned from performing The Norwegian black metal band Mayhem was scheduled to give a performance in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on 4 February 2006, as part of their international concert tour through Asia, but following objections from members of Dewen Rakyat, the country’s parliament, the concert has been banned. Officials […]
  • Malaysia: American music performance banned from tv

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:American music performance banned from tv Officials in Malaysia apparently found the dance and costume of American superstar Madonna so provocative that they banned it from been shown on Malaysian television Wearing a lilac leotard and bustier with matching high heels, the 47-year-old pop icon gyrated around a pole during a much-hyped performance with the virtual band […]
  • Malaysia: Blacklisted Heavy Metal band launches debut album

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Blacklisted Metal band launches debut album After more than 20 years of performing, the Malaysian Heavy Metal band Blackfire has finally released it’s debut album, entitled ‘Lahir Dari Api’ (“Born of Fire”) on 6 June 2006 By Freemuse The album was printed in 1,000 copies and released by a close friend of the […]
  • Malaysia: Islamic authority bans black metal

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Islamic authority bans black metal On January 23, 2006, the highest Islamic authority in Malaysia placed a ban on black metal – a rock music variant dominated by distorted guitars and occult imagery “Followers of black metal could be prosecuted under Islamic law,” spokesman of the National Fatwa Council’s panel on Islamic affairs, […]
  • Malaysia: Malay songs with English lyrics banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malay songs with English lyrics banned The government of Malaysia has banned songs that contain English lyrics from state-controlled radio and television stations On April 18th, 2004, a ban on Malay songs containing English lyrics went into effect for state-controlled broadcasters throughout Malaysia. The ban resulted from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP, the […]
  • Malaysia: Black metal music under attack

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Black metal music under attack Malaysian authorities see the music as part of “black metal cult” By Meredith Holmgren Malaysian authorities are once again targeting black metal as a source of satanic cult rituals. On 5 October 2005, Malaysian officials announced an investigation of “heavy metal cult” members, who they believe “practice animal sacrifices […]
  • Malaysia: Music and moral

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia: music and moralRadio stations in Malaysia have been told to submit scripts of live programmes before they are broadcast.Story from BBC Related reading
  • Mariah upsets Malaysian Muslims

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mariah Upsets Malaysian MuslimsMalaysia’s Muslim opposition party has called for Mariah Carey to be barred from performing in the country. From BBC;http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3402201.stm Related reading
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