• United Kingdom: Deadly attack at pop concert in Manchester

    At least 22 concertgoers have been reported killed and 59 more injured, among them children and teenagers, when a lone male detonated an explosive device after US singer Ariana Grande’s music concert ended at Manchester Arena in England, reported BBC on 23 May 2017. Freemuse is deeply saddened by the attack in Manchester and offers […]
  • Egypt: Musician takes Music Syndicate head to court

    Nearly a year after his arrest on charges of “devil worshipping” and “promoting music that contradicts Egyptian religious beliefs and cultural norms”, Egyptian heavy metal musician and concert promoter Nader Sadek is suing Head of the Music Syndicate Hani Shaker for libel and defamation. The initial hearing is scheduled to take place at the Abdeen Misdemeanour Court […]
  • 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 […]
  • Iran: Musician and filmmaker attacked and threatened in prison

    On 5 March 2017, the Center for Human Rights in Iran reported that musician Mehdi Rajabian and filmmaker Keyvan Karimi have been beaten and threatened by other inmates in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison while being imprisoned in the ward for political prisoners. According to the organisation, authorities are violating the law by refusing to move […]
  • Mauritania: Rapper harassed and attacked by police

    Police stopped Mauritanian rapper Yëro Gaynääko (real name Yéro Abdoulaye Sow) on 16 August 2016 while on the road back to the capital Nouakchott, forcibly removing the rapper out of the car, accusing him of being drugged and taking him to a police station where he was assaulted and verbally abused, reported human rights organisation […]
  • Germany: Music festival attacked by suicide bomber

    A 27-year-old Syrian asylum seeker blew himself up outside an open air music festival in the southern German town of Ansbach on 24 July 2016 after security guards turned him away for not having a ticket, reported The Guardian on 25 July 2016. The incident happened on the final evening of the three-day Ansbach Open […]
  • Central African Republic: Rapper beaten by army general

    In early June 2016, Central African Republic rapper Vey-Zo was beaten at a bar in the capital city of Bangui by army general Roman Guitizia, put into the trunk of a car and taken to an army base where he was further tortured, according to information posted by civil society organisation Arterial Network on 30 […]
  • Pakistan: The war on living arts in Swat

    Who is protecting and supporting the living arts after a conflict? A new report reveals how artistic life and the cultural industry is still suffering immensely after the Taliban were ousted from the Swat Valley in Pakistan more than seven years ago. A new report on the effects of war and repression of musicians, performers […]
  • Turkey: Music fans attacked at Radiohead store event

    Music fans enjoying a special worldwide release event on 17 June 2016 for rock band Radiohead’s latest album at record store Velvet Indieground in the Cihangir district of Istanbul were attacked by a mob of about 20 men who took offense to people listening to music and drinking alcohol during Ramadan, reported The Guardian 18 […]
  • France post-November 13: Musicians shocked but defiant

    The massacre at the Bataclan concert hall spreads fear and generates financial losses but also determination to carry on. Daniel Brown reports from Paris two weeks after the attacks “Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.” Eagles of Death Metal By what eerie twist of fate did the three assaillants […]
  • France: Deadly terror attack at rock concert in Paris

    Over 80 rock music concertgoers are reported to have been shot dead in Paris. On 13 November 2015, 1,500 fans were attending a concert with the Californian rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the popular music venue Bataclan in Paris, France, when it was attacked by terrorist gunmen, and concertgoers were taken hostage.  
 The attack took place […]
  • Burkina Faso: Music studio in capital bombed after coup

    Studio Abazon in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, was attacked in the early hours of 17 September 2015, allegedly targeted by coup soldiers because of the activism of its owner, rapper Smockey. The studio is owned and run by top Burkinabe rapper and revolutionary artist, Serges Martin Bambara – also known as Smockey (or […]
  • Australia: Transgender musician bashed in Sydney live music venue

    Sydney musician Stephanie McCarthy was allegedly bashed in Newtown’s Town Hall Hotel on 12 June 2015 as she was waiting to go on stage to perform with her band, Love Maul. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Stephanie McCarthy was approached by five males who began to verbally and physically abuse her, by pulling her […]
  • Afghanistan: Musicologist and Taliban bomb victim returns to Kabul

    On 25 May 2015, the British newspaper The Guardian published an article which brings an update on what happened with Dr Ahmad Sarmast, a music professor who founded the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and who was seated in the front row when, on 11 December 2014, a suicide bomber attacked the French cultural centre […]
  • Turkey: 19-year-old singer attacked after threats

    After appearing on the Turkish talent show Sesi Çok Güzel on national tv, the 19-year-old singer Mutlu Kaya reportedly received death threats and was attacked in her home, reported Agence France-Presse and Hurriyet on 18 May 2015. The assailant fired a bullet into the house through a back window in the garden, and Mutlu Kaya […]
  • Syria: Musicians punished for playing ‘un-Islamic’ instruments

    In Bujaq, a few miles to the east of Aleppo in Syria, the ISIS religious police is reported to have beaten up four young men for playing music using socalled ‘un-Islamic’ instruments such as a keyboard and lute, reported Daily Mail. Images posted on a popular file sharing site showed ISIS policemen hitting the young […]
  • Afghanistan: Theatre performance attacked by suicide bomber

    On 11 December 2014 a 17-year-old suicide bomber blew himself up inside a school auditorium in Kabul where a theatre play condemning suicide bombing, ‘Heartbeat: Silence After the Explosion’, was being presented by students of Kabul University’s Cinema and Theatre Department of Fine Art Faculty Several persons were killed by the bomb blast which came […]
  • Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody

    NEWS Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody A singer and a violinist with the left-wing band Grup Yorum claim they were tortured in police custody after they were detained during an unauthorized demonstration in İstanbul’s Yenibosna neighborhood. Grup Yorum vocalist Sema Altın and violinist Ezgi Dilan were taken into custody after they had […]
  • Angola: Rap artists attacked again by Angolan pro-government militias

    NEWS Angola: Rap artists attacked again by pro-government militias On 22 May 2012, 15 men armed with pistols, machetes and iron rods attacked a group of ten young people, among them the two rap artists Casimiro Carbono and Explosivo Mental. This was very similar to an incident on 9 March 2012, where a small group […]
  • Turkey: Attack on Grup Yorum member in prison

    NEWS Turkey:Attack on Grup Yorum member in prison Grup Yorum made a written statement announcing that a member of their band, Seçkin Aydoğan, was attacked in the prison where he is being detained. According to Antenna.tr, Grup Yorum stated that Seçkin Aydoğan and the two inmates Eser Morsümbül and Onur were attacked during the morning […]
  • Angola: Rappers beaten up before manifestation

    NEWS Angola: Rappers beaten up before manifestation Six musicians and activists who were in a meeting to prepare for a public protest demonstration were violently attacked by unidentified aggressors. The episode was just one of more violent attacks on musicians and other activist during the days that lead up to the demonstrations of 10 March […]
  • Angola: Two rappers among group of protestors arrested

    NEWS Angola: Two rappers among group of protestors arrested Two rappers are among 24 youth activists who were put in detention for having called for democratic and economic reforms in anti-government protests on 3 September 2011. The two rappers are Carbono (real name: Dionísio Casimiro) and Explosivo Mental (real name: Jeremias Aniceto). Another rapper, Brigadeiro Mata […]
  • Afghanistan: Bomb blast at Farhad Darya’s concert

    NEWS Afghanistan: Bomb blast at Farhad Darya’s concert A bomb blast at a concert by Afghanistan’s top singer held in the Westerm city of Herat wounded at least 13 people on 14 September 2010, reported ABC News. Read the full story:   Afghanistan ABC News – 15 September 2010: ‘Bomb blast at Afghan concert injures […]
  • Afghanistan: Music stores have become a new target

    NEWS     Afghanistan: Music stores have become a new target   A string of music stores have become a new target for militants suspected to be Taliban enforcers — even in once-stable havens such as Jalalabad, reported Hashim Shukoor, a special correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, along with The Guardian’s correspondent Jon Boone. In Jalalabad, […]
  • Turkey: Police convicted of beating café worker for playing Kurdish music

    NEWS 03 March 2010 Turkey:Police convicted of beating café worker for playing Kurdish music Eight months prison sentences were issued by Turkish authorities to two police officers who beat up a 28-year-old man for playing an Ahmet Kaya song in a café, reported Antenna.tr Police officers referred to as ‘M.B.’ and ‘B.O.’ were each condemned […]
  • Afghanistan: Bomb hits music shop

    NEWS     Afghanistan: Bomb hits music shop A bomb exploded in a music shop in a small town in Eastern Afghanistan and hurt the shopkeeper, an official said to AFP The official said that the attack on the music shop may have been carried out by Taliban extremists who say secular music is un-Islamic […]
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  • Afghanistan: Music download shop attacked, two killed

    NEWS Afghanistan: Music download shop attacked, two killed Two people were killed and several wounded by a bomb that exploded in a music download shop in Afghanistan’s southeastern town of Khost on 22 April 2007 A bomb blast in a mobile telephone shop where residents regularly download music into their mobile phones, two men were […]
  • Pakistan: Fear and persecution follows Afghan musicians

    ARTICLE Pakistan: Fear and persecution follows Afghan musicians Fear and persecution forced them to leave Afghanistan. Now it is haunting them in north-west Pakistan. Islamists’ continous attacks on music centres send fear across the region and make the Afghan singers living in Peshawar feel insecure. They experience lack of job opportunities, and are on the […]
  • Pakistan: Fine for playing music in taxi, music shop attacked

    NEWS Pakistan: Fine for playing music in taxi Having banned music in Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, the Taliban are now imposing a fine of 500 rupees for any one playing it in public, reports several news agencies Taxi drivers complain that even possession of a CD player in their vehicles is enough to invite […]

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