• Censorship in Nigeria: Musical free expression in the shadow of Fela

    Banning Eyre and Mark LeVine recently spent, between them, a month in Nigeria. LeVine as part of his ongoing research on music and history there, and Eyre, with LeVine’s assistance, to gather material for Hip Deep in Nigeria, a set of five radio programs for the Peabody Award-winning American public radio series Afropop Worldwide. Their […]
  • Nigeria: Singer arrested, out on bail for releasing uncensored song

    Singer Sadiq Zazzabi (real name: Sadiq Usman Saleh) was released on bail on 6 March 2017 after having been detained since 1 March 2017 for allegedly releasing a song before receiving approval from the Kano State Censorship Board in the country’s north, reported Nigerian newspaper Premium Times on 6 March 2017. The newspaper reported on […]
  • Nigeria: Musician kidnapped, found, later detained allegedly due to song

    Musician Ado Daukaka was abducted in Adamawa State in north-eastern Nigeria in the early hours of 25 June 2016 just after the release of his latest anti-corruption song ‘Gyara Kayanka’ (‘Put your house in order’), and found five days later on 29 June 2016 unconscious in some bushes 80 kilometres away from state capital of […]
  • Nigeria: Singer’s songs banned by DJ association after on-stage slap

    The Nigerian Association of Deejays (DJAN) lifted its ban on Terry G’s songs after the singer publicly apologised for slapping DJ Phriz on stage at a show in a Lagos club on 5 June 2016, reported Nigerian online news source Pulse on 21 June 2016. On 8 June 2016, Pulse reported that DJAN, an association […]
  • Nigeria: Broadcast authority blacklists yet another one of rapper’s songs

    Nigerian hip hop star Olamide has had a fourth song, ‘Don’t Stop’, placed on the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) blacklist in less than a year, reported The Net on 16 March 2016. In a statement, NBC said it banned the song from the country’s airwaves due to its “obscenity, being indecent, [and having] vulgar languages, […]
  • Music Freedom Day video: ‘From Zombies to Revolutionaries’

    In the lead-up to the annual Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2016, Freemuse is proud to present the music video for a unique track with a group of today’s most powerful Arab and Iranian revolutionary artists joining together to cover Fela Kuti’s most powerful political song, ‘Zombie’. “Music is the weapon of the future!” […]
  • Nigeria: Singer detained for song critical of politician

    Singer Baba Iyali was arrested on 9 January 2016 in the Adamawa state in north-eastern Nigeria for a song he recently released criticising the speaker of the Adamawa state house of assembly, Kabiru Mijinyawa. This was reported by the online news site The Whistle. The singer remains in detention in police headquarters in reportedly inhuman […]
  • Nigeria: New list of songs banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission

    The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission NBC has wielded its hammer on songs of Nigerian artists, which the body feels are not appropriate for the Nigerian airwaves. » The full list of 18 songs can be found here: www.nigeriafilms.com » See also: www.nigerianbulletin.com UPDATE ON 19 SEPTEMBER Musician: “Ban makes little or no difference” The Nigerian hip-hop rapper […]
  • USA: Ai Weiwei exhibition features music by imprisoned musicians

    A new exhibition by the acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opened on 27 September 2014 on Alcatraz near San Fransisco, USA. It features music by Tibetan singer Lolo and Pussy Riot, highlighting threads which connect artists around the planet who face harassment, pressure, persecution, prosecution and even death for expressing their opinion and their art. […]
  • Nigeria: Arrested anti-president singer freed, says ‘No regret’

    Popular Kano political musician, Dauda Kahutu ‘Rarara’ (in previous reports often mistakenly referred to as Ahmed Audi Zarewa) who was arrested over a song he composed on the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Kano State has been released from detention. Dauda Kahutu had allegedly been arrested and interviewed by the operatives of the State […]
  • Nigeria: Popular musician arrested for song against president

    A popular musician in Kano, Dauda Kahutu ‘Rarara’ (in numerous reports mistakenly referred to as Ahmed Audi Zarewa), has been reportedly arrested by the State Security Service, SSS, for recording a song to protest against President Goodluck Jonathan. The song was said to have been recorded by Dauda Kahutu to protest President Jonathan and his […]
  • Nigeria: Increase in number of music videos banned for erotic content

    Michael Ugwu, the chief executive officer of Iroking, an online centre for afrobeat and Nigerian music, said there has been a large increase in the number of music videos being banned for broadcast in Nigeria. “Artists have begun releasing videos purely for the internet to get round the censors. I have seen the content of […]
  • Nigeria: Banned song became duo’s break-through

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria:Banned song became duo’s break-through The debut song of the Nigerian duo Zule-Zoo was banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation when it came out in March 2006. Instead of silencing them, the ban actually helped promoting their new album, entitled ‘Banned In Nigeria’, which has become a nation-wide hit “It was a big […]
  • Nigeria: ‘Leash on Their Tongues’

  • Nigeria: Banned Hausa rapper uses internet for alternative distribution

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Banned Hausa rapper uses internet for alternative distribution Hausa rapper Ziriums satirical song ‘Girgiza Kai’ (Shake Your Head) was banned by the Kano State government. Instead, Ziriums uses online sites to distribute his songs, reported blogger Carmen McCain. Ziriums has released his album ‘This is Me’ online. During a July 2009 film […]
  • Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board A three-night music festival at a cultural centre in Kano in northern Nigeria, KANFEST, was cancelled by the Kano State Censorship Board, reported AFP. The annual music festival is funded and organised by the French embassy in […]
  • Nigeria: Proceedings against composer of banned song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Proceedings against composer of banned song A popular Hausa singer in Kano in Northern Nigeria, Ala (real name: Aminu Ladan Abubakar), was arrested in Kano on 4 July 2009 for publishing his song ‘Hasbunallahu’ — a song which was banned by a mobile court judge linked to the Kano State Censorship Board […]
  • Nigeria: Kuti’s nightclub in Lagos closed by authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Kuti’s nightclub closed by authorities Presumably angered by the activism of the Femi Kuti, authorities have closed the legendary nightclub and concert hall in Lagos he runs together with his family. Anyone who enters it is “risking their life”, wrote The Independent on 5 June 2009. The first time the Nigerian authorities […]
  • Nigeria: 11 songs banned by Kano State Censorship Board

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: 11 songs banned by Kano State Censorship Board A Kano chief magistrate has banned listening, sale and circulation of 11 Hausa songs, described as obscene, confrontational and immoral. Chief magistrate Muhtari Ahmed who presides over a mobile court attached to the Kano State Censorship Board said the court is going to prosecute […]
  • Nigeria: Actor jailed for releasing an uncensored music video

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria:Actor jailed for releasing uncensored music video The actor Adam A. Zango was imprisoned for producing and releasing an uncensored hip-hop video. The incident was a part of the ongoing crisis within the Kannywood film industry in northern Nigeria. Article by: Kristina Funkeson, Freemuse According to an article in Weekly Trust, Zango was […]
  • Nigeria: Kano state bans all films from carrying music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Kano state bans all films from carrying music Kano state recently banned all films from carrying music, wrote Elizabeth Dickinson from Kaduna on 28 October 2007. According to an article by Elizabeth Dickinson about a theatre play which has been banned by what the calls ‘the Hisbah Commission’, this ban on the […]
  • 1970s

    AFRICA     ##PagePublishedLong## 1970 – 19791971. South Africa. BeatlesThe South African government lifts its ban on the Beatles’ recordings. 1970s. Zaïre. Franco Luambo MakiadiIn Zaïre (later renamed D. R. Congo) one of the greats of Congolese/Zaïrean music, Franco Luambo Makiadi, the leader of OK Jazz, was jailed on a number of occasions and had several records […]
  • 1910 – 1959

    AFRICA     ##PagePublishedLong## 1910 – 1959 1917. 1938. 1952. Nigeria. Yoruba drummers.The British colonial government was annoyed by the Yoruba drumming. It was considered as “unnecessary noise making” and thus prohibited and restricted. Even local Yoruba chiefs took steps to restrict drumming. Colonial rule hade made them answerable to the colonial government and drumming was often […]
  • Nigeria: Radio station restricted for playing song with political lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria:Radio station in Kano partly banned Playing a particular song with political lyrics appears to be the reason that the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission imposed a ban on the prime time broadcasting period of a radio station A “curfew” on the Kano-based private radio station Freedom Radio was issued on 27 March 2006 by the Nigerian government agency regulating broadcasting […]
  • Femi Kuti

    FEMI KUTI(Nigeria) ##PagePublishedLong## Since the beginning of the 1990ies, Femi Kuti from Nigeria has been taking up the task of his father, Fela Kuti, to speak up against corruption, mismanagement and bad governance. In July 2005, he performed at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark where he gave this interview. Watch interview Criticism and censorship doesn’t […]
  • Damon Albarn: Music is destroyed by censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Damon Albarn: ‘Music is destroyed by censorship’Three musicians took part in a press conference about music censorship during this year’s Roskilde Festival. The big business of the record industry exerts a covert censorship, which makes it incredibly difficult for musicians across the world to express themselves freely. That was the message from Damon […]
  • Music and Fundamentalism in Nigeria

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Music and Fundamentalism in NigeriaArticle by Freemuse report writer Jean-Christophe Servant on music and Shariah law. Story from World Press Review Read the Freemuse report on Nigeria Related reading:
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  • Freemuse report on censorship in Nigeria: “Which way Nigeria?”

    FREEMUSE REPORT Jean-Christophe Servant“Which way Nigeria?” Music under Threat: A Question of Money, Morality, Self-Censorship and the ShariaFreemuse, Copenhagen, April 2003 ISSN 1601-2127 Many Nigerian musicians battle for economic and professional survival, as the NTBB (Not To Be Broadcasted) code at national radio/TV, payola, and Islamic Sharia Laws affects the freedom of musical expression in […]
  • Tony Allen

    TONY ALLENMusician (Nigeria)
  • Nigeria report launched in Paris

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