• 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 […]
  • Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

    Zimbabwe should abolish its Censorship Act and any prior-censorship bodies or systems, according to a joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process (UPR) by Freemuse and Nhimbe – two civil society organisations defending artistic freedom in Zimbabwe and globally. COPENHAGEN/BULAWAYO, 31 MARCH 2016 | Zimbabwe’s 2013 constitution guarantees the right to freedom […]
  • Zimbabwe: Censorship board should be abolished, says workshop group

    Zimbabwe should abolish the censorship board and other bodies censoring or regulating artistic expressions in order to comply with Zimbabwe’s new constitution. Instead a new classification board should be mandated to issue age recommendations to protect children. This was a recommendation made by arts practitioners, artists, journalists and human rights lawyers at a workshop on […]
  • Zimbabwe: South African musicians receive death threats

    Members of the legendary kwaito group Big Nuz are fearing for their lives amidst threats of violence by angry Zimbabweans. The group was set to perform in the neighbouring country on 17 April 2015 but have been receiving threats of a boycott and violence from Zimbabwean nationals. Big Nuz is the latest South African group […]
  • Zimbabwe: South African band deported

    The South African pop group Freshly Ground was immediately sent packing soon after it touched down at the Harare International Airport on 4 May 2014, but reasons for the deportation remained sketchy with Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke saying he was equally puzzled by the development. According to News Day, informed sources […]
  • African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014

    Dina El Wedidi, one of Egypt’s leading new artists will be performing in Oslo, Norway. Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine leads his band Voodoo Sound Club in a concert in Bologna, Italy, while some of Zimbabwe’s most outspoken artists enter the stage in Harare, and exiled musicians from Sudan perform in Cairo – all joining […]
  • Zimbabwe: Reflections of a banned musician – Leonard Zhakata

    Listen to Leonard Zhakata – one of Zimbabwe’s biggest pop stars – talk about how he felt when his music was kept off the air. See and listen on www.rnw.nl Excerpt of the article: “After his songs were banned from the airwaves, the singer tried to find other ways to bring his message across, like […]
  • Zimbabwe: Profile of Thomas Mapfumo – ‘the Lion of Zimbabwe’

    MUSICAN PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo – ‘the Lion of Zimbabwe’ “Chimurenga” means “struggle”, and as much as the chimurenga music, Thomas Mapfumo stands for struggle. It is the struggle of a nation in the southern part of the African continent to be free. Throughout years of struggle, Mapfumo has been an important revolutionary figure – […]
  • Zimbabwe: Censored musician launches internet ‘protest radio’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Censored musician launches online ‘protest radio’ Voto Radio Station invites all protest singers whose work is banned in Zimbabwe to use it as a platform where they can musically voice their concerns without fear of repression By Harriet Chigege, Viomak’s publicity officer UK-based Zimbabwean protest singer Viomak has found a way of evading […]
  • Zimbabwe: Protest singer Viomak challenges Mugabe’s regime

    MUSICIAN PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Protest singer challenges Mugabe’s regime Exiled Zimbabwean singer Viomak challenges the Mugabe regime. By doing so she puts her life at risk, she says, and she sings under the pseudonum Viomak for fear of reprisals against her family in Zimbabwe. “Die for a reason that will live”, Viomak writes as an opening line on […]
  • Zimbabwe: ‘Travelling concert’ highlights repression

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe / South Africa:‘Travelling concert’ highlights repression in Zimbabwe A socalled ‘travelling concert’ event in Southern Africa gives stage to Zimbabwean artists who have suffered censorship of some of their work on state-controlled radio and television. Mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire was a key figure on the ‘Make Some Noise’ protest concert in South […]
  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings’ Policies on Censorship of Music

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings’ Policies on Censorship of Music A look at the various censorship policies of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings – which holds a monopoly on broadcasting in the country – and how these policies have affected the musicians in Zimbabwe By Musavengana Nyasha – former Radio Zimbabwe presenter Since Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings holds a monopoly on broadcasting in […]
  • Zimbabwe: Moyo under fire for using billions of taxpayers’ money to sponsor own band

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Moyo under fire for using billions of taxpayers’ money to sponsor own bandInformation Minister Jonathan Moyo has squandered at least Z$2-billion of public funds in recording and launching music group PaxAfro’s first CD, and in hosting music concerts aimed at sprucing up the Zimbabwean government’s battered image. Moyo told parliament recently that […]
  • Zimbabwe: “They don’t have jurisdiction over your spirit”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:“They don’t have jurisdiction over your spirit” In this interview Tongai Leslie Makawa, better known by his stage name Outspoken, talks about the conference, about meeting other artists and about trying to achieve “freedom with responsibility”: Outspoken gave an inspiring talk and performance in the conference […]
  • Zimbabwe: Platform for free artistic expression awarded

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Platform for free artistic expression awarded In Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, the Book Café reopened on 8 March 2012 after having been shut down in November 2011. It was forced to relocate to a different venue. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gave an insightful speech centering on censorship of music and arts – and about […]
  • Comrade Fatso

    COMRADE FATSO(Zimbabwe) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Comrade Fatso comments on music censorship in Zimbabwe. This interview with Comrade Fatso was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27 October 2011. Comrade Fatso is one of the most explosive and controversial acts in Southern Africa today. His band is called Chabvondoka, and their music is called Toyi Toyi, radical […]
  • Zimbabwe: Three singers imprisoned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Three singers imprisoned Three residents from Penhalonga, which is situated about 300 kilometres east of the capital Harare, have been languishing in prison for over a week for allegedly singing a modified version of Mbare Chimurenga Choir’s ‘Nyatsoteerera’ song, reported Freemuse’s stringer in Zimbabwe By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare […]
  • Zimbabwe: 2,000 musicians unite in protest on Music Freedom Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:2,000 musicians unite in protest on Music Freedom Day Close to 2,000 music composers in Zimbabwe have resolved to protest non-payment of royalties by ordering the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, to stop playing music for six hours on this year’s Music Freedom Day By Maxwell Sibanda – reporting for Freemuse from […]
  • Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd Music Freedom Day was celebrated in a carnival mood in Harare on 3 March 2011 at the Book Café. Over a hundred music hungry punters attended the event organised by leading arts organisations Magamba the Cultural Activist Network and Pamberi Trust. It kicked off […]
  • Zimbabwe: South African group banned because of music video

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: South African group banned because of music video The South African band Freshlyground has been banned from performing in Zimbabwe after releasing the music video ‘Chicken to Change’ which mocks the country’s President Robert Mugabe. The group was scheduled for a concert in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, but the immigration authorities revoked […]
  • Zimbabwe: Journalists and musicians discussed freedom of expression issues

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Journalists and musicians discussed freedom of expression issues Zimbabwean arts journalists and musicians met on 10 March 2011 in Harare at the Book Café to explore and understand issues related to music freedom and its impact in Zimbabwe. Text and photos by Maxwell Sibanda The discussion forum was entitled ‘Music Freedom in […]
  • Zimbabwe: Opposition music denied airtime

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Opposition music denied airtime As Zimbabweans brace for a possible election next year, contesting political parties have turned to music for their campaigns. By Maxwell Sibandareporting for Freemuse from Harare, Zimbabwe The Zanu (PF) party led by President Robert Mugabe has already started playing its political songs on the national broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting […]
  • Austria: Museum of sound preserves banned music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Austria:Museum of sound preserves banned music The Akustikon Museum of Sound in Linz, Austria, has opened a special section dedicated to preserving banned music, entitled ‘The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds’. The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds holds music whose creators have been branded, driven away, oppressed, banned and persecuted in different times and places […]
  • Zimbabwe: No end to music censorship in Zimbabwe

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: No end to music censorship in Zimbabwe Musicians Hosiah Chipanga and Raymond Majongwe, and their lawyers, speak about their recent experiences with music censorship in the “new” Zimbabwe under a coalition government. INTERVIEWS – by Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare         Album: pulled off air In Zimbabwe, it might be seven […]
  • Zimbabwe: Radio ban on singer for attacking government officials

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Radio ban on singer for attacking government officials The music of 56-year-old Sungura musician Hosiah Chipanga has been banned on national radio, Radio Zimbabwe (formerly Radio 2), wrote the newspaper ZimDaily on 7 June 2009. When Hosiah Chipanga released the controversial album ‘Hero Shoko’, his songs quickly hit the airwaves. But after […]
  • Zimbabwe: Duo charged of insulting the president: one year in hiding

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Duo charged of insulting president Mugabe: one year in hiding Two Zimbabwean musicians face charges of singing songs that are ‘sensitive and insulting’. Their lawyers and producers say the country is not yet safe for the duo to return to enter a fair trial. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri — reporting for Freemuse from Harare […]
  • Protest petition: African artist’s tour cancelled due to blocked visas

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 17 June 2009 Zimbabwe / EU: Petition against ‘visa discrimination’ after Zimbabwean group was forced to cancel their tour A petition was started ‘against EU visa discrimination of musicians’ after a forced cancellation of the European tour of young Zimbabwean artists Mokoomba due to blocked visas. On 8 June 2009 the two organisations […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Censor meets censored: Freemuse in Harare  Maxwell Sibanda

    PUBLICATIONS TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE CENSOR MEETS CENSORED — FREEMUSE IN HARARE Maxwell Sibanda Journalist, Zimbabwe Fifty personalities who included journalists, musicians, government officials, music administrators, radio and television presenters spent a historic day locked in a discussion on music censorship. The personalities converged at The Mannenberg Jazz Club, Harare, Zimbabwe in April 2005 for […]
  • Zimbabwe: Song banned for allegedly criticising ruling party

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Song banned for allegedly criticising ruling party A song composed by Tongai Moyo, a popular Zimbabwean musician, has reportedly been denied air play by the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which has sole monopoly of the country’s airwaves, reported Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) from Windhoek, Namibia. SOURCE: This news story […]
  • Zimbabwe: Two musicians in hiding from police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Two musicians in hiding from police Two musicians who are facing charges for singing songs that are ‘sensitive’ failed to appear in court, and now a Harare magistrate court has issued a warrant of arrest for them. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, reporting for Freemuse from Harare  Happison Mabika, 32, and Patience Takaona, 28, did […]
  • Zimbabwe: Musician asks: why do you ban my music?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Musician asks: why do you ban my music? In an open letter in the Zimbabwean newspaper Harare Tribune in August 2008, musician Leonard Zhakata asks the country’s ruling party ZANU-PF: “Why do you ban my music from being played on ZBC tv and radio?” When Leonard Zhakata first heard that certain of his […]
  • Zimbabwe: Two men arrested for listening to banned music album

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Arrested for listening to banned music album Job of a secret police officer in Zimbabwe now hangs in balance. His offence: he was linked to music that is deemed to be ‘sensitive’ by president Robert Mugabe’s regime By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, reporting for Freemuse from Harare  Joram Chikomwe, a police detective with the Criminal […]
  • Zimbabwe: Duo have to come back to court in June

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Duo have to come back to court in June A Harare magistrate has remanded out of custody two musicians who are facing charges of singing songs that are ‘sensitive’. The Magistrate told a court full of relatives and friends of the deadlocked duo of Happison Mabika (32) and Patience Takaona (28) that they […]
  • Zimbabwe: Censorship does not silence music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Censorship does not silence music Many songs of the Zimbabwean music star Leonard Zhakata have been blacklisted by the state broadcaster. This has not silenced him, though, as a spokesman for tolerance and peace. During the past months he has toured the country with his band, performing in rural and marginalised communities. […]
  • Zimbabwe: Singing for the opposition is a crime

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Singing for the opposition is a crime Five days imprisonment and a possible custodial sentence has not deterred two Zimbabwean protest singers from continuing to sell their new album, but they have had to go into hiding. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare Happison Handson Mabika, 32, and Patience Takaona, 28, […]
  • Zimbabwe: Banned singer released her third protest music album

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Banned singer released her third protest album On 21 February 2008, Zimbabwe’s president Robert Matibili Mugabe celebrated his 84th birthday in the southern border town of Beitbridge, whilst exiled singer Viomak officially released her third protest music album entitled ‘Happy 84th birthday President R.G Matibili (Great Son of Malawi)’. By Harriet, Viomak’s publicity […]
  • Zimbabwe before the elections: Airplay is only for the “patriots”

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe before the elections:Airplay is only for the “patriots”Zimbabwean musicians are bracing for a crucial election set for the end of March 2008. While the radio keeps rotating songs that praise the current regime, opposition and dissenting voices are silenced, and things fall apart, writes Freemuse executive committee member Maxwell Sibanda in his […]
  • Zimbabwe: Protest musician overcomes obstacles

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Protest musician overcomes obstacles Zimbabwean musician Raymond Majongwe could not find anyone who would print or publish his music within the country. Like other protest musicians, he had to resort to foreign lands for recording his new album. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare In Zimbabwe – a place where […]
  • Chiwoniso Maraire

    CHIWONISO MARAIRE(Zimbabwe) ##PagePublishedLong## Songwriter Chiwoniso Maraire speaks about her personal experiences of music censorship in Zimbabwe. She was interviewed together with poet Chirikure Chirikure, and Book Café’s creative director Paul Brickhill. They explain how music communicates hidden messages and why music is an ‘unstoppable force’ in Zimbabwe.  Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Chiwoniso […]
  • Zimbabwe: How musicians avoid censorship

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:How Zimbabwean musicians avoid censorship Like mouse and cat, musicians often play with the censorship board. In Zimbabwe, musicians manage to evade censorship by creating songs with double-meaning. And sometimes they get away with it, reports Freemuse’s correspondent, Zenzele Ndebele This article reveals information we ought not let the censors know about. However, we believe it could inspire song […]
  • Zimbabwe: Concert blocked in Chiredzi

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Concert blocked in Chiredzi The local police had given permission to a group of young musicians to make a ‘voter education concert’ on 12 December 2007, but all of a sudden the Central Intelligence Organisation wanted to block the event. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, reporting for Freemuse from Chiredzi The stage was set, the […]
  • Zimbabwe: Rapper advised to change album title

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Rapper advised to change album title Maskiri, an urban grooves rapper with an explicit and cutting tongue, has been forced to change the title of his upcoming album in order for him to get airplay from the state broadcaster. By Zenzele Ndebele, reporting for Freemuse from Zimbabwe Maskiri (real name Alishias Musimbe) was […]
  • Zimbabwe: Concert blocked in Norton

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Concert blocked in Norton The ‘Rock de Vote’ concert in Norton on 2 February 2008 was delayed by more than four hours after a senior council board member who is a known Zanu PF had called it off the last minute. But the organisers defied the order and went ahead. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, […]
  • Zimbabwe: Police cancel music show

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Police cancel music show For the second time this year, the police has stopped a Radio Dialogue community function in Bulawayo.By Zenzele Ndebele, Freemuse’s stringer reporting from Bulawayo The event was dubbed a ‘family fun day’ and was hosted at the White City Stadium in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. Radio Dialogue had […]
  • Zimbabwe: Urban grooves blacklisted by state radio

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Urban grooves blacklisted by state radio Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, has issued a directive to producers to ‘drastically’ reduce the number of urban grooves musicians on air. They were promoted by the former minister, but now they are suddenly “no longer relevant to the government”. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri, reporting for Freemuse from Harare […]
  • Maxwell Sibanda: Music censorship in Zimbabwe

    MAXWELL SIBANDA (Zimbabwe) ##PagePublishedLong## Maxwell Sibanda is an arts journalist and a member of the executive committee of Freemuse. In this interview he speaks about music censorship in Zimbabwe – and about how the government has promoted itself through music while excluding musical voices of the opposition, and about the impact of radio blacklisting.  Wimpy […]
  • Zimbabwe: Dispute over gospel music album cover

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Dispute over gospel album cover The release of the gospel album ‘Zim-Praise Volume 1’ has allegedly been stopped by Zimbabwean authorities because of its cover photo, writes The Zimbabwe Standard newspaper Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), uses the open hand as its symbol. So when the government […]
  • Zimbabwe: Radio programme about music censorship

    RADIO FREEMUSE 07 June 2007 Zimbabwe:Music ‘unfit for public consumption’ Why was the launch of the Mthwakazi Arts Festival in Bulawayo blocked? How does censorship mechanisms work inside the state radio in Zimbabwe? Zimbabwean radio journalist Zenzele Ndebele set out to find the answers. He interviewed the manager of Radio Dialogue, Kholiwe Nyoni, lawyer Kucaca […]
  • Press release: Freemuse report on Zimbabwe

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  • Zimbabwe: Musician receives death threats

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Musician receives death threats, cancels concert On 1 May 2006, prominent Zimbabwean musician Hosiah Chipanga was forced to pull out of the Workers Day celebrations organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), following anonymous death threats received on his mobile phone, reports the Media Institute of Southern Africa Chipanga, whose compositions […]
  • Zimbabwe: South African DJ Cleo banned in Zimbabwe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:South African DJ Cleo banned in Zimbabwe Top South African DJ and music producer, Cleophas Monyepao, better known as DJ Cleo, was attempted barred from performing in Zimbabwe because he “uttered bad things” about president Robert Mugabe, reports NewZimbabwe.com South African kwaito star DJ Cleo were scheduled to perform on 29 April 2006 […]
  • Zimbabwe: Blacklisted – My Personal Experience

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Blacklisted – My Personal Experience “The last five years have been my worst in as far as my artistic career is concerned,” states the Zimbabwean musician Leonard Zhakata in this personal account of how being blacklisted has affected him By Leonard Zhakata – Musician   I grew up in my rural village of […]
  • Zimbabwe: A Case of Music Censorship Before and After Independence

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: A Case of Music Censorship Before and After Independence Why censor music? About the legislation, self–censorship, and propaganda, then and now By Omen Muza – researcher and art critic Why Censor Music? People in power the world over know the power of music – otherwise they would not be scared stiff of […]
  • Tracing the Footsteps – Censorship and Music in Zimbabwe

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Tracing the Footsteps – Censorship and Music in Zimbabwe In the aftermath of independence and the twenty-five years that have passed between 1980 and now, Zimbabwe’s music has taken on various roles in the political and social psyche of the country By Nyasha Nyakunu – journalist and researcher, MISA-Zimbabwe   A number of academics […]
  • Six articles on music censorship in Zimbabwe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Six articles on on music censorship in Zimbabwe Prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe held Thursday 28th April 2005 at Mannenberg Jazz Club, Harare Read the articles as PDFContent of the pdf document: 1. Musicians and Censorship in Zimbabweby Albert Nyathi 2. Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings’ Policies on Censorship of […]
  • Zimbabwe: Music industry is dying slowly

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Music industry is dying slowly Zimbabwe’s current political and economic crisis has destroyed the once vibrant music industry. The fuel shortage, coupled with the recent destruction of the informal sector has left the musician poorer. “The industry is dying slowly,” says a Zimbabwean record company marketing director By Maxwell Sibanda ON THE OTHER hand, […]
  • Musicians and Censorship in Zimbabwe

    ARTICLES 12 May 2005 Musicians and Censorship in Zimbabwe Is enough being done to educate musicians on what the Censorship Board or Act requires? How has this affected members of the Musicians Union of Zimbabwe? By Albert Nyathi, musician and secretary general of Zimbabwe Union of Musicians General Introduction What might we say censorship is, ladies […]
  • Zimbabwe seminar: Censor meets musicians at meeting in April 2005

    ACTIVITIES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe seminar: Censor meets musicians Supported by Freemuse, a seminar held in Harare in April 2005 dealt with the fear from musicians of the political system in Zimbabwe, and the total radio and television control by the state For the first time a representative from the Zimbabwean Censorship Board met in an open discussion forum […]
  • Zimbabwe: Censorship of Locally Recorded Music

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Censorship of Locally Recorded Music in Zimbabwe Censorship, both voluntary and forced, is still part of the local recording industry in Zimbabwe By Emmanuel Vori – Gramma Records Marketing Director Censorship, both voluntary and forced has been part of the local recording industry in Zimbabwe from its early beginnings in the mid seventies […]
  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation employs Ian Smith laws

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation employs Ian Smith lawsArticle by Zenzo Ncube (London) The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), formed in 1980 at Zimbabwe’s independence still uses the same repressive laws of the 60’s and 70’s that were used by the Ian Smith regime to prevent radio presenters playing music considered by officials to be anti […]
  • Mugabe songs falls flat

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mugabe songs falls flatA lighting engineer has been charged with inciting hostilityagainst Robert Mugabe after shining a spotlight on portraits of the Zimbabwean president during a live performance of a popular song about old age, state media reported on Tuesday.Phillip Schadendor was charged with violating Zimbabwe’s Law and Order Maintenance Act for his […]
  • Zimbabwe: Singing The Walls Down

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Singing The Walls DownProtest music may be dead in the West, but it’s alive and well in Zimbabwe, where the oppressed and the impoverished find hope and strength in the songs of Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi.Extensive article with background information, interviews with Mapfumo, Mtukudzi, and with government officials. Article from Time […]
  • Zimbabwe: Complete control – Music and propaganda in Zimbabwe

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  • Zimbabwean Censorship Board absent from censorship discussion

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean Censorship Board absent from censorship discussionAn Arts & Censorship Discussion on 9 September in Harare discussed the possible impact of recent Censorship Board actions.Report from Maxwell Sibanda.   Government representatives from the Censorship Board failed to turn up for a crucial discussion on censorship of artistic work which was held on 9 […]
  • Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visaThe singer was last week denied entry into the United Kingdom where she was billed to perform at three concerts.Zvakavapano was refused admission to the country by British Embassy officials despite getting a work permit from the Home Office in Britain. London-based Zimbabwe news website, newzimbabwe.com, quoted […]
  • Zimbabwe: Bekithemba Khumalo plays with fire

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Bekithemba Khumalo plays with fireKhumalo is having trouble marketing his latest song, which is provocatively titled ‘The President is a Thief’. Bekithemba Khumalo says he was not referring to President Robert Mugabe personally, but to his government.In the current climate of political violence, most music producers initially refused to record Khumalo’s album […]
  • Thomas Mapfumo fears arrest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo fears arrestAmnesty asked to assist Mapfumo in Zimbabwe Thomas Mapfumo’s United States-based promoter, Al Green,has appealed to Amnesty International to assist the musician when he comes home later this month. In a letter to the Zimbabwean chapter of the international human rights group, Green said Mapfumo had been informed that there […]
  • Zimbabwean rapper Maskiri banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean rapper Maskiri bannedControversial rapper Maskiri says his latest album has been banned from the airwaves because of what State radio bosses considered offensive content. “I was told by deejays this week the CD was banned and they won’t play it on radio,” he told Zimbabwe Standard.Story from AllAfrica.com See also the Freemuse […]
  • Pre-election tension in Zimbabwe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pre-election tension in ZimbabweArtists and cultural workers in Zimbabwe fear that they may find themselves in trouble if their performance or artwork suggests criticism of the government.Speaking to BBC World Service’s Arts In Action programme, journalist Thomas Deve spoke of the role the country’s music is playing in the weeks leading up to […]
  • Zimbabwe election: Musicians boycotted

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe election: Musicians boycotted and shunned  Report in The Independent: Several prominent Zimbabwean singers find themselves caught in a dilemma If  – as a Zimbabwean musician – you allow the president of the country, Mr Mugabe, to use your music in his election campaign, you are likely to find yourself shunned by your fans, […]
  • The Beginnings of Zimbabwean Protest Music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Beginnings of Zimbabwean Protest MusicUseful background information on the history of music and protest in Zimbabwe, including BBC interviews with Zimbabwe’s top musicians on their active role in the current political turmoil, article from Centre for Political Song on political music in Zimbabwe, and excerpt from Alice Dadirai Kwaramba, Popular Music and […]
  • Zimbabwe: Music central tool in election

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Music central tool in Zimbabwe election By Maxwell Sibanda for Freemuse AS campaigning for the 2005 Zimbabwean parliamentary elections intensified, music became central to the contest. The ruling Zanu PF released its music album on the campaign’s launch, the opposition Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) for the first time composed its own songs, […]
  • Postscript to report on censorship in Zimbabwe

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  • Thomas Mapfumo returns to Zimbabwe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo returns to Zimbabwe“Well, I was a bit concerned, but I wasn’t afraid. I knew a lot of ears were listening. A lot of people liked it, though as you know, Chimurenga Rebel was banned from being played on the radio. And this, I can confirm with you, because I spoke with one […]
  • Censorship threatens future musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Censorship threatens future musiciansThomas Mapfumo and Freemuse executive director Marie Korpe interviewed by BBC at the launch of ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ BBC interview Mapfumo and Korpe at the launch of ‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’, 18 May 2004, SOAS, University of London. Related reading
  • Zimbabwe: musicians get taste of army brutality

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: musicians get taste of army brutalityAS the Zanu PF government in Zimbabwe tightens its grip on power, musicians are increasingly being caught up in what has become an orgy of police and army brutality.Story from Zimbabwe Situation Related reading FUNDING Last update ##PageLastContentEditedLong##
  • Andy Brown

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  • Freemuse report on music censorship in Zimbabwe

    FREEMUSE REPORT Banning EyrePlaying with Fire: Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music.Freemuse, Copenhagen, October 2001, ISSN 1601-2127Banning Eyre, one of the United States’ foremost journalists on African music, on the situation in Mugabe’s increasingly repressive Zimbabwe. Watch video from the official presentation of the report at WOMEX 2001, click Read abstract Read the reportRead postscript, […]
  • Presentation of Zimbabwe report by Banning Eyre

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  • Thomas Mapfumo denied visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo denied visaThe US based singer was denied entry into Canada on his last tour. By Al Green (aNOnym reCOrds), November 2003 “Here is the exclusive story from me, Captain Anonymous… We set sail from Eugene on Monday, Nov. 10. Our US Visas for the coming year had been called into question […]
  • Thomas Mapfumo

    THOMAS MAPFUMOMusician (Zimbabwe)
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference – report

    FREEMUSE REPORT 20 August 2007 Marie Korpe (ed.)MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED – 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music & Censorship, Istanbul 25-26. November 2006Report no. 8Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2007ISSN: 1601-2127.   75 pages. Read the reportThe printed version of the report is unfortunately out of stock. MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED INTRODUCTIONBy Ole Reitov Listening to many […]
  • Video interviews from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP VIDEO INTERVIEWSfrom the conference in Istanbul, 25-26 November 2006 Fadal Dey – singer from Côte d’Ivoire Grup Yorum – music group from Turkey Jason Carter – British guitarist about Saudi Arabia Jeroen de Kloet – Dutch researcher about China Mario Masvidal – professor from […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

    | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP 25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being implemented in countries all […]
  • Speakers of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS Andy Fuller (Australia)Andy Fuller was born in 1977 in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his Master of Arts in 2004 at University of Melbourne. His thesis studied the politically subversive literature of […]
  • Programme of the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

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