• Senegal: Singer arrested and detained for indecency

    Singer Déesse Major was arrested and released after three days of detention on indecency and assault on morality charges brought on by complaints of the artist wearing provocative clothes, reported French global radio RFI on 22 June 2016. Troubles for the singer began in October 2014 when Adama Mboup, president of the Senegalese Committee for […]
  • Senegal: Rapper Fou Malade acquitted in court

    The procecutor had asked for six months imprisonment to the rapper Fou Malade but eventually, the judge didn’t listen to him and gave him his freedom. Fou Malade – whose real name is Almamy Malal Talla – was detained after having delivered a speech where he said some controversial remarks about the Senegalese Minister of Interior […]
  • Senegal: Rapper faces six months in prison for criticising authorities

    On 19 June 2014, at a ceremony in the suburbs of Dakar on the mobilisation against drugs, Fou Malade, one of the rappers from the Y’en a marre movement (‘Enough’s enough’), said aloud to the Senegalese Minister of Interior and to the Director General of Police what everyone thinks quietly. His remarks led him straight […]
  • Senegal: Didier Awadi speaks about self-censorship

    You can criticise presidents but not religious leaders, says Didier Awadi, one of Africa’s leading artists, to Freemuse Didier Awadi, for decades considered one of Africa’s most respected and outspoken artists, has criticized neo-colonialism, corrupt presidents and politicians. But even outspoken artists consider the fine balance between what may be important to address and what […]
  • Senegal: Cote d’Ivoirian reggae singer banned in Senegal

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Côte d’Ivoirian reggae singer banned in Senegal Reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly from Côte d’Ivoire was declared ‘persona non grata’ in Senegal in December 2007, after critizing Senegal’s president and calling for democracy. The Senegales authorities described his declarations on President Abdoulaye Wade and his critique of the rising corruption and maladministration […]
  • Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change During the last seven years, there has been a frightening rise in the number of censorship attempts on musicians, outspoken activists and journalists in Senegal. In the 2007 elections in Senegal, music played a vital part of political campaigning, reports Freemuse’s West Africa correspondentBy Rose Skelton, Freemuse   […]
  • Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire Senegal, celebrated for being a bastion of peace and stability in a troubled region, is preparing for presidential elections in which 86 year old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade hopes to win a third term in office. The opposition say that Wade’s bid for re-election is unconstitutional and […]
  • Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests In the lead up to Senegal’s controversial presidential elections on 25 March 2012, musicians are at the forefront of a campaign to stop president Abdoulaye Wade from running for a third term. While outspoken and engaged musicians have suffered threats, attacks and arrests, an increasing number […]
  • Senegal: Rapper arrested for criticising the president

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Rapper arrested for criticising the president On 25 July 2011 Senegal’s police arrested the rapper Thiat to question him about his criticising of President Abdoulaye Wade. Dozens of his fans protested, and he was released after 24 hours in detention, on 26 July. Thiat (real name: Oumar Cyrille Touré) is a member of […]
  • Senegal: Group of rappers arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Group of rappers arrested The rap group Keur Gui from Kaolack was arrested for organising a “protest road show”. They were released four hours later. “I think that, sadly, this kind of intimidation is pretty standard,” said Freemuse correspondent Rose Skelton, explaining that arrests in Senegal have become standard procedure to anyone who […]
  • Senegal: Popular singer boycotted and threatened by religous groups

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Popular singer boycotted and threatened by religous groups A documentary film tells the story of how Youssou N’Dour’s 2004-album ‘Egypt’ won a Grammy in USA but caused controversy in his homeland Senegal, where it became the subject of a boycott and was accused in the media of insulting Islam, arguing that pop […]
  • Radio Freemuse: ‘Music censorship in Africa 2008’

    RADIO FREEMUSE 27 February 2008 Music censorship in Africa today This 15 minutes radio report is produced specifically for African radio stations that wish to inform their listeners about music censorship – for instance on the occasion of the global Music Freedom Day on 3 March Introduction to the programme (suggestion)“If you listen carefully the next […]
  • Senegal: Self-censorship among rappers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Self-censorship among rappers Rappers in Senegal are offered financial rewards if they agree to sing positive things about the political life in the country, but if they refuse to comply they are served backdated tax bills, reports Reuters’ Rose Skelton from Dakar. Harassment and death threats drives some artists to tone down their […]
  • Senegal seminar 2005 video English

    Pour la page en version fran SENEGAL SEMINAR 2005 VIDEO 
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    This page in English. SENEGAL SÉMINAIRE 2005 VIDEO 
  • Freemuse conf

    This page in English. ACTIVITÉES ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse conférence au Sénégal Du 9 au 10 avril 2005 un conférence régoinal sur la Musique et la liberté d’expression en Afrique de l’Ouest a eu lieu à l’Institut de Gorée, Dakar, Sénégal. Par Aminata Touré Sagna, journaliste indépendante
  • The music industry from the perspective of women

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## The music industry from the perspective of women These are the stories of two African women, living in a Muslim country, but more important is that these are the stories of two musicians and feminists. Above all, the author would like to point out that there are many similarities between these women and other women […]
  • Freemuse conference in West Africa in April 2005

    Pour la page en version fran ACTIVITIES ##PagePublishedLong## Fruitful Freemuse conference in Senegal A regional conference on Censorship and West African Music was held at the Gorée Institute in Dakar, Senegal, on the 9th and 10th of April, 2005 By Aminata Touré Sagna, independent journalist Video documentation The event gathered around twenty participants from various […]
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