• Sudan: Two singers receive fine and singing ban

    In November 2014, the Sudanese authorities banned the two singers of Hamadat group, Hamada al Rahima and Hamada Bahry, from singing until they had been approved by authorities, and until they promise to stop singing what the authorities describe as ‘ribald’ songs – indecent songs that refer to sexual indications and could be considered immoral. […]
  • Norway: ‘Safe city’ Harstad receives Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid

    Abazar Hamid, the Sudanese peace singer who was forced into exile in 2008, is today announced as “safe city musician” in the Norwegian city Harstad. It has been a long waiting for Hamid and Harstad. Almost two years ago the Norwegian city declared itself “the world’s first safe city for musicians”, but Norwegian immigration policy […]
  • Abazar Hamid

    ABAZAR HAMID(Sudan) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Abazar Hamid comments on his situation in exile in Cairo, Egypt, and what it has meant for him to receive assistance from Freemuse. This interview with the exiled Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Everything is affected by censorship […]
  • Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten In February, a young Sudanese hip-hop artist, Ahmad, who asked to be identified only by his first name for security reasons, was detained for 12 days that included beatings by police, reported Alan Boswell for the American McClatchy Newspapers He was arrested for […]
  • Sudan: Censored singer tries to reform Janjaweed ‘hate singers’

    NEWS Sudan:Censored singer tries to reform ‘hate singers’ While struggling with censorship in Khartoum, the Sudanese singer-songwriter Abazar Hamid hopes to bring peace to Sudan with his music. He travels to rural areas of the country where he tries to reform the traditional Arab ‘hate singers’ known as the Janjaweed women. Abazar Hamid told his […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sudan: Can’t dance / won’t dance?

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## Sudan: Can’t dance / won’t dance? Speech by Mr. Peter Verney from Sudan Update, held at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998 In the 1980s, I used to take a mobile disco around the shanty areas of Khartoum – until 1989, when the security police of the National Islamic Front (NIF) came […]
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