• Listen to forbidden female voices

    » To listen, go to play.spotify.com   MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2017 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – IN CELEBRATION AND PROTECTION OF WOMEN’S VOICES Did you know that… Women are banned from singing in public in some countries? Women cannot attend a concert in some places? The music industry is still unequal? This is why Freemuse is focusing […]
  • Somalia: Concert cancelled for “objectionable” shows in Europe

    A concert with singer Nasteexo Indho, along with DJ Subeer and the singers from Stars of the Horn, was cancelled one hour before it was scheduled to begin on 13 August 2016 in Hargeisa as armed soldiers surrounded the DJ and a young TV cameraman, informing them of the cancellation and that Nasteexo would be […]
  • Somalia: Security forces arrest musician

    Security forces in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, arrested musician Farhan Hidig (Farxaan Xidig) in late June 2016 due to him visiting Mogadishu and remains in custody, according to Freemuse sources. According to local media sources the musician was arrested in connection to his political activity. Somaliland authorities have not commented yet on Hidig’s arrest. While […]
  • Somalia: Regional court orders four singers released from custody

    Somaliland Informer reported on 30 September 2015 that a Hargeisa regional court has ordered the release of the four detained Horn Star singers who were arrested as they four days earlier had returned from a tour to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Court chairman Hon. Ahmed Dalmar Ismail has issued a formal statement saying the police have […]
  • Somalia: Four musicians reportedly arrested

    Four musicians from the Hargeisa-based Horn Stars band were arrested upon their arrival at Egal airport in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, reported BBC Somali along with several Somali news websites. The musicians were returning home after a tour with performances in Nairobi and Mogadishu. It is currently not clear what should have been the […]
  • Somalia: Musician released after one day in detention

    On 2 August 2015, SLInformer reported that Police in Hargeisa, Somaliland, had arrested the popular musician Nimcaan Hilaac shortly after he returned home from a journey to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. On 3 August, only a few hours after Freemuse and local websites published the news about his arrest, he was then released. Nimcaan […]
  • Somalia: Poet, playwright and songwriter killed by unknown gunmen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Poet and songwriter killed by unknown gunmen Somali poet, playwright and songwriter Warsame Shire Awale was killed in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, on 29 October 2012 in the evening, reported BBC World. Warsame Shire Awale who was in his 60s worked for the Radio Kulmiye where he wrote and acted in radio […]
  • Somalia – Music Freedom Report: Music too powerful to ban

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Video reportage from Somalia and Kenya: Music too powerful to ban This 11-minute documentary was made as a report on Somalia for Freemuse’s annual Music Freedom Day, as well as for The Humanitarian Bazaar Music Project. Directed by Daniel J. Gerstle • Music Freedom Report no. 7: Somalia The Humanitarian […]
  • Somalia: New stage for music and threatre in Mogadishu

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: New stage for music and threatre in Mogadishu On 19 March 2012, live music sounded in Mogashu, Somalia’s capital, when the country’s national theatre was reopened. The Somali National Theatre closed in the early 1990s when civil war broke out. Now, for an audience of around 1,000 people, the reopening of the […]
  • Somalia: Bomb blast at concert in newly opened national theatre

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Bomb blast at concert in newly opened national theatre “The blast happened as musicians were singing and spectators were clapping for them. Huge smoke made the whole scene go dark. People screamed and soldiers suddenly started opening fire at the gate. Some wounded people escaped and ran away,” Salah Jimale told The […]
  • Somalia: Religious extremists storm music radio station

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Religious extremists storm music radio station First the militant extremist group Al-Shabaab ordered Radio Afgoye, the only radio station in the lower Shabelle region, to refrain from broadcasting songs and music. When the radio station’s management refused to do this, the militias carried out an illegal takeover of the station. This was […]
  • Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music Somali Islamic extremists have banned music on the airwaves, but the organisers of Somalia’s newest radio station, Bar-Kulan, ignore their death threats and music ban, reported Globe and Mail. Because Bar-Kulan (Somali phrase for “meeting place”) refuses to obey the extremists, its 50 employees of […]
  • Somalia: Silent airwaves – This is the sound of censorship

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Silent airwaves – This is the sound of censorship The music died in Somalia when, on 14 April 2010, radio stations in the country’s capital Mogadishu were ordered to cease playing all music. In a nation under a government that has already banned wearing bras, musical ringtones and in some areas made […]
  • Somalia: Radio station wins award from Reporters without Borders

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Radio station wins award from Reporters without Borders On 9 December 2010 the press freedom advocacy organisation Reporters without Borders awarded the Somali radio station Radio Shabelle with the 2010 Media of the Year prize. Radio Shabelle defied the deadly addicts of Islamists of not to air songs and music by re-starting […]
  • Somalia: Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia / Kenya:Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile Fatma Adow is one of 25 women who on November 2008 faced the wrath of Somali militiamen the for taking part in a folklore dance galore in Somalia. She was interviewed in her Kenyan exile by Suleiman Mbatiah for IslamOnline.net “How can our […]
  • Somalia: Music ban on radio stations was expected

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Freemuse analysis: Music ban on radio stations was expected On 3 April 2010, the top commander for Hisbul Islam in Mogadishu, Ma’allin Hashi Mohamed Farah, issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Mogadishu-based radio stations to stop airing all kinds of music or face unspecified Sharia-based penalties. A regional analyst, Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays, […]
  • Somalia: 14 radio stations in Somalia’s capital turned off music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: 14 radio stations in Somalia’s capital turned off music All radio stations in Mogadishu stopped playing music on 13 April 2010, following an ultimatum by hardline Islamist militia, reported AFP. By Freemuse Tuesday 13 April 2010 was quickly declared ‘the day the music died’ in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. “But who killed it […]
  • Somalia: The government insists: radios must play music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: The government insists: radios must play music Four private radio stations in Mogadishu have been accused of collusion with radical Islamists over music ban. By Abdulkadir M. Wa’aysAt a press conference on Sunday 19 April 2010, the Secretary General for the government’s regional administration in the capital Mogadishu Abdikafi Hilowle Osman threatened […]
  • Somalia: Government minister backs up radical Islamists’ music ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Government minister backs up radical Islamists’ music ban Somalia’s Minister of Information has backed up the radical Islamists’ music ban in Mogadishu and in this way countermanded a government order to radio stations to play music or face closure. This turnaround expose a difference of religious opinion in the government, writes Freemuse’s […]
  • Somalia: Religious groups stop music at weddings with violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Religious groups stop music at weddings with violence Somalia experiences an on-going struggle over the right to listen to music and dance to it. These are the latest reports in international media about militant Islamists’ atttacks and crack-downs on music In a typical Somali wedding, women dance with men to the tunes […]
  • UK: Somali festival in London focuses on arts censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia / Somaliland / United Kingdom:Somali festival in London focuses on arts censorship This year’s Somali Week Festival in London will focus on censorship of art, showcasing a mix of poetry, prose literature, plays and music, while also allowing ample time for discussions between artists, professional guests and audiences. “It is a very […]
  • Somalia: Rule no 1: “Music should not be aired”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Rule no 1: “Music should not be aired” On 15 September 2009, the newly appointed Al-Shabaab information officer in Belet-Hawo town, in the Gedo region of southwestern Somalia, convened a meeting of journalists in the town and read to them a list of edicts the Al-Shabaab want to see implemented in the […]
  • Somalia: Music suppressor elected as president

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Suppressor of freedom of musical expressionis now the country’s president The Islamist cleric who was elected as Somalia’s new president on 31 January 2009 has a long history of silencing musical expression in Somalia. The future looks increasingly bleak for music and musicians in Somalia, writes Freemuse correspondent and Somalia analyst, Abdulkadir M. […]
  • Somalia: Two radio stations closed down for airing music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Two radio stations closed down for airing music Somali Islamist groups have unleashed a renewed crackdown on the radio stations in the areas under their control for airing music and music-related programmes. They have made significant military gains in recent months, regaining control of 90 percent of south and central Somalia including […]
  • Somalia: Musician murdered by men armed with knives

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Musician murdered by men armed with knives In the early hours of 18 June 2008, the musician Abdulkadir Adow Ali was stabbed to death in Mogadishu. By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays Abdulkadir Adow Ali was a former member of the Waberi National Band, and a multi-skilled musician, singer, actor, and music composer. He […]
  • Somalia: Bloodshed continues and music disappears

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Bloodshed continues and music disappears Radical Islamist groups have unleashed a renewed crackdown on music, cinemas, and music-related events as part of their unrelenting efforts to silence the music and musicians of Somalia. By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays Militia from radical Islamist groups are currently engaged in fighting with Somalia’s weak government forces […]
  • Somalia / Somaliland: University students obstructed music event

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia / Somaliland: University students obstructed music event The students of the University of Hargeisa in the capital Hargeisa in Somaliland, a self-declared independent state, rejected and obstructed a celebration for the World Music Day, which was scheduled to take place at the conference-hall of the university on 21 June, 2008. This incident […]
  • Somalia: Musician gunned down by militiamen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Musician gunned down by militiamen Targeted ‘double-killings’ of musicians and writers in Somalia continue unabated. On 21 July 2008, militiamen from the Somali Islamist groups, armed with pistols, gunned down musician Omar Nur Basharah in the capital Mogadishu. By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays The assailants shot Omar Nur Basharah several times in the […]
  • Somalia: 30 musicians lashed by religious militia 12 years ago

    ARTICLE 10 June 2008 Somalia:30 musicians lashed by religious militia 12 years ago Somali woman singer tells the untold story of how, on 8 January 1996, local Islamic court’s militia raided a concert in North Mogadishu, took 30 musicians into custody, and confiscated their instruments. The next day, the musicians, accused of corrupting the morals […]
  • Somalia: Dilemmas facing Somali music and musicians

    ARTICLE 23 April 2008 Somalia:Dilemmas facing Somali music and musicians Musicians and singers in Somalia are continuously facing targeted killings, intimidation, injuries, and deprivation of their basic rights to work and express themselves freely by all sides in the country’s conflict, but these violations against Somali artists are not reported, writes journalist and author Abdulkadir […]
  • Somalia: Young rap group rails against conservative Somali Muslims

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Young rap group rails against conservative Muslims Waayaha Cusub, a group of young Somali refugee musicians in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, advocates freedom of musical expression in Somalia “We don’t want that religious extremism. We want our freedom, the freedom to listen to what we want,” the group sings. Their song ‘Freedom’ rails against […]
  • Somalia: Islamists ban music in areas of Somalia

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Islamists ban music in areas of Somalia According to an Islamic official in Somalia, music is now banned in the country, and anyone violating the music ban could be arrested, fined and flogged. Initially, a Somali radio station has been closed down for broadcasting love songs Authorities backed by the Islamic Courts […]
  • Somalia: Confusion over music prohibition

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Confusion over music prohibition Two very different stories are coming out of Somalia at the moment. One says that Islamist hardliners want to silence all music, Taliban-style, and that they want the executives of a music committee sentenced to death. Another that this is not true and that the story could be invented with the sole purpose of making […]
  • Maryam Mursal

    MARYAM MURSALComposer and vocalist (Somalia) ##PagePublishedLong## Maryam Mursal (born 1950) is a famous musician and singer from Somalia, residing in exile in Denmark. In this interview which was recorded after her performance at a festival in the town Haderslev in Denmark in July 2006, she explains that music is not forbidden according to Islam. “Music […]
  • Somalia: Al-Shabaab bans music like the Taliban

    NEWS     Somalia: Al-Shabaab bans music like the Taliban   Somalia is starting to resemble Afghanistan under the Taliban, where hard-line Islamist militia bans music and movies and forbids the public from watching sports on tv, reported the Associated Press. Events in the past years in the failed state of Somalia indicate that Islamist […]
  • Somalia: 32 traditional dancers lashed in public

    NEWS 18 November 2008 Somalia: 32 traditional dancers lashed in public On 14 November 2008 an Islamist group arrested and whipped 25 women and seven men because they had been singing and dancing By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays On Friday night 14 November 2008, militiamen from the Union of Islamic Courts raided a traditional folklore dancing […]
  • Somalia: Attacks on music practitioners

    ACTIVITIES 09 October 2008 Somalia:Attacks on music practitioners in Somalia On 18 June 2008, unidentified men armed with knives killed a multi-skilled musician singer in Mogadishu: the musician Abdulkadir Adow Ali was stabbed to death. This is the report of a one-day seminar about music censorship and attacks on music practitioners in Somalia, which was […]
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