• Tanzania: Two rappers and a producer abducted from studio by unknown people

    Tanzanian rappers Roma Mkatoliki (real name Ibrahim Mussa) and Moni, as well as producer Bello bin Laden, went missing on 5 April 2017 after unidentified people raided Tongwe Records in the Masaki area of Dar es Salaam and abducted the three artists, along with another person who was in the studio at the time. Member […]
  • Tanzania: Rapper released after being detained over song

    Tanzanian popular rapper Ney wa Mitego (real name Emmanuel Elibariki) was released on 27 March 2017 without charges from police custody after he was held for nearly two days for his new song, ‘WAPO (They are There)’, which allegedly ridiculed the government. Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Harrison Mwakyembe said Tanzanian President John […]
  • Tanzania: Artists’ trial postponed for a fifth time

    The case against Tanzanian musician Mwana Cotide and music producer Mussa Sikabwe has once again been postponed until 9 March 2017. This is the fifth time their trial date has been pushed. The two artists were initially set to face trial on 12 October 2016 on charges of producing, singing and distributing a song called […]
  • Freemuse calls for charges dropped against Tanzanian musicians ahead of trial

    Musician Mwana Cotide (real name: Fulgency Mapunda) and music producer Mussa Sikabwe are set to go trial on 9 November 2016 on charges that their recent song ‘Dikteta Uchwara’ (Petty Dictator) contains “seditious and offensive” content towards Tanzanian President John Magufuli. The artists are also charged with “distributing the song with intent to offend” the […]
  • Tanzania: Two artists arrested for allegedly insulting president in latest song

    Tanzanian musician Mwana Cotide (real name: Fulgency Mapunda) and music producer Mussa Sikabwe were arrested for allegedly producing, singing and distributing a song called ‘Dikteta Uchwara’ (Petty Dictator) that contained “seditious and offensive” content against Tanzanian President John Magufuli, reported the Swahili Times on 29 September 2016. The two artists were charged at the Kisutu […]
  • Tanzania: Rapper banned from music industry indefinitely

    The Tanzanian National Arts Council (Basata) banned popular rapper Nay wa Mitego (real name Emmanuel Elibariki) from participating in the music industry indefinitely due to “immoral content” in his latest song ‘Pale Kati Patamu’, reported Tanzanian news outlet The Citizen on 28 July 2016. “We have barred him from performing in Tanzania indefinitely,” Basata executive […]
  • Tanzania: Artist banned from performing due to “immoral” video

    Snura Mushi’s latest popular hit ‘Chura’ has not only led Tanzanian authorities to ban the video and its distribution on 4 May 2016, just days after the video hit the internet, but they have also banned the artist from performing until the video is edited, Tanzanian newspaper Daily News reported on 5 May 2016. The […]
  • Tanzania: Musician receives death threats for political song

    Tanzanian hip-hop artist Nay wa Mitego has been receiving death threats following the release of his new song ‘Salaam Zao’ (‘Greetings’) in August 2013. The rap song’s lyrics are said to have been detested by a powerful section of the population. “They are sending text messages to try silence me. I received the first death […]
  • Tanzania – Zanzibar: ‘Give sex or be blacklisted’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Zanzibar, Tanzania:‘Give sex or be blacklisted’ Why do we see and hear little of women musicians in Zanzibar? Read Lingson Adam’s report from an island where radio-DJs are known to have ‘blacklisted’ female musicians who refused them sexual favours, and where parents and husbands are reported to be at the core of strong […]
  • Tanzania: Authorities raise concerns over performers’ style of dressing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tanzania: Authorities raise concerns over performers’ style of dressing The National Arts Council of Tanzania (BASATA) has threatened a ban to three dance and music bands – FM Academia, TOT Respect and Akudo Impact – for their stage shows’ alleged semi-nude clothing, reported Majira on 29 May 2008. The issue of clothing during […]
  • Tanzania: Banned musicians appear on Zanzibar music festival

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tanzania: Banned musicians appear on Zanzibar festival This year, the Sauti za Busara festival, which begins today, focuses on freedom of musical expression. Tenth year in a row, the East African music festival again opens its stages for approximately 400 invited performers and an excited local as well as relatively large international audience. […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Watching the ground • Lingson Adam

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE WATCHING THE GROUND Lingson Adam Journalist, Tanzania To date I am enjoying the sense of feeling that has started to make my life meaningful by contributing to the restoration, defence and sustenance of the God given endowment to human beings, i.e. freedom of expression, freedom of choice if you like. […]
  • Tanzania: Political pressure and corruption silence musicians

    INTERVIEW ##PagePublishedLong## Tanzania:Political pressure and corruption silence musicians According to Tanzanian musician Muumin Mwinjuma there are a significant number of causes for oppression and censorship of music in Tanzania – ranging from political pressure and corruption in media houses to economically unfair rewards, all of which lead to so many frustrations for Mwinjuma that he […]
  • Tanzania: Hip-hop musicians threatened by religious group

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tanzania:Hip-hop musicians threatened by religious group ‘Stern and prompt measures’ will be taken against any musician who use the name of Jesus Christ in song lyrics, warned a religious spokesperson to the newspaper Majira    By Lingson Adam, reporting for Freemuse from Arusha in Tanzania A member of Common God International, a Christian denomination in […]
  • Tanzania: Pressured to stop performing for opposition party

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Tanzania:Pressured to stop performing for opposition party Interview with Tanzanian composer and performer Mzee Seif Thabit who says he has been censored for his alignment with opposition political parties By Lingson Adam, reporting for Freemuse from Mbeya in Tanzania “I was being followed up frequently. In the beginning they were polite. I thought […]
  • Tanzania: Self-censorship and fear in the “Island paradise”

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Zanzibar, Tanzania:Self-censorship and fear in the “Island paradise” Zanzibar is marketed to tourists as an “Island paradise”. The reality for its local musicians is quite different: Threats and intimidations to critical thought expressed through music have reduced musical creations and performances in Zanzibar to mere entertainment function. By Lingson Adam, writing for Freemuse […]
  • Nakaaya Sumari

    NAKAAYA SUMARI(Tanzania) 12 August 2009 In this interview the Tanzanian singer Nakaaya Sumari explains why she sings about corruption, inefficiency and discrimination in her hit song ‘Mr Politician’. She talks about ‘the inconvenience of truth’, and also about musicians’ self-censorship, and the strong role which music plays as a tool for communication in East Africa. […]
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