• Spain: Rapper appeals three-and-a-half-year prison sentence over lyrics

    Spanish rapper Valtonyc (real name Miquel Arenas Beltrán) and his lawyer confirmed they presented an appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court to repeal his three-year-and-six-month prison sentence on various charges related to his lyrics, reported Europa Press on 9 March 2017. The Spanish National Court, a High State Court directly under the Supreme Court that […]
  • United Kingdom: American rapper banned because of lyrics

    The 24-year-old American rapper Tyler, the Creator says he has been banned from the United Kingdom because of the nature of his lyrics. The Odd Future co-founder recently cancelled four dates in the UK and Ireland and tweeted that it was because the UK authorities were unhappy with his subject matter: BASED ON LYRICS FROM […]
  • Sweden: Rap group’s concerts cancelled after free speech controversies

    Hip-hop flirting with political violence causes controversy and debate around the world. The Swedes have recently been having a thorough public discussion about where to draw the line between illegal hate speech on one side, and artists’ democratic right to express themselves on the other. Here is a run-down of Kartellen’s free speech journey in […]
  • South Africa: Call for ban of song allegedly romanticising violence

    South Africans discuss whether the song ‘Larney Jou Poes’ by Cape Town band Dookoom is political hip-hop or hate speech: When does an artistic expression of anger become incitement to violence or “romanticising” of imminent violence? ‘Larney Jou Poes’ was published on youtube.com on 15 October 2014. It was viewed more than 50,000 times during […]
  • United Kingdom: Two concerts with Ugandan rapper cancelled

    Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine (real name: Robert Kyagulanyi) has had two planned performances in the UK pulled after venues learned of the singer’s anti-LGBTI stance, reported Gay News Network on 31 July 2014. A theatre in London and a venue in Birmingham have refused to host upcoming shows by the rapper after news surfaced the […]
  • Rwanda: Singer arrested

    On 11 April 2014, singer Kizito Mihigo, one of Rwanda’s best-known musicians, was arrested by police, accused, along with a former soldier and the director of a Christian radio station, of planning ‘terrorist attacks’ with the aim to overthrow the government.  UPDATE | FEBRUARY 2015:  » BBC World – 27 February 2015: Rwanda singer Kizito Mihigo planned […]
  • Barbados: ‘The Blurred Lines case’ of the Carribean

    The song “Kick een she back door” by the Antiguan band Burning Flames says a man should rape a woman. But does that mean the song should be banned?, a Trinidad Express columnist asks. Whatever the case, a petition has been circulated internationally which led to the song being dropped from the airwaves in Antigua […]
  • Denmark: Activist campaigns against online sales of ‘murder music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: Activist campaigns against sales of ‘murder music’ Online music stores that sell so-called ‘murder music’ receive complaints from Danish gay rights activist. Founder of the radio station Pride Radio Denmark, Martin Adelskov, has complained to Freewebs.com and Indietitan.com after coming across the hate-filled content by unsigned artist Jomo Minott on their webservers, […]
  • Jamaica: Dancehall artist banned for his ‘gangsta lyrics’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Dancehall star banned for his ‘gangsta lyrics’ In January 2008, a performance by the Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado was banned by authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In April, a concert in Guyana was banned by the government. Police officials are concerned about Mavado’s lyrics […]
  • United Kingdom: Brighton first city to outlaw ‘hate music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Brighton first city to outlaw “hate music” The British seaside town Brighton has become the first place in the UK to ban music that “incites hatred towards minorites”. The new rule could stop some hip hop and reggae acts from putting on gigs in the city. Music which encourages violence towards minority […]
  • United Kingdom: City council proposes ban on ‘murder music’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:City council proposes ban on ‘murder music’ Brighton and Hove City Council may become the first in United Kingdom to place a ban on music which encourages violence towards minority groups, reports The Argus Proposals to outlaw so-called ‘murder music’ in venues, pubs and clubs are being considered as part of a […]
  • Canada: ‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned in music stores A Toronto activist has filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against Canadian music store chain selling ‘gangsta rap’ that glorifies the mistreatment of women The Canadian activist Valerie Smith is represented by the lawyer Cynthia Watson of Watson Labour Lawyers – a cutting […]
  • USA: Controversial reggae star’s show called off

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Controversial reggae star’s show called off A Los Angeles nightclub has canceled a performance by reggae star Buju Banton because of his lyrics against homosexuality E-mail complaints and concerned callers prompted Adam Manacker, the manager of the Highland Nightclub in Hollywood, USA, to research Banton’s past and cancel the singer’s show scheduled for […]
  • Denmark: Teenager arrested for ‘death rap’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: Teenager arrested for ‘death rap’ A 17-year-old teenager was arrested for sending death threats in the form of a rap song to the Danish politician Naser Khader, reports the news agency Ritzau The boy composed and produced a rap song in which he threatened Naser Khader and his family, and then he e-mailed it to Khader […]
  • France: Jamaican reggae star’s concerts cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France: Jamaican reggae star’s concerts cancelled Reggae singer Capleton’s allegedly homophobic lyrics has prompted protests by the gay rights group Coordination InterPride France, calling to ban his concerts. So far, six French music venues have axed scheduled performances in response, reports BBC World. Jamaican reggae star Capleton (real name: Clifton George) is a […]
  • Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologise

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologiseTheir gigs have been cancelled all over the world and their names withdrawn from awards. But Jamaica’s dancehall stars refuse to apologise for – or even stop singing – songs that encourage the murder of gay people. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis travels to the Caribbean and […]
  • City demands ‘anti-gay’ music ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City demands ‘anti-gay’ music banBrighton will be the first UK city to demand that music retailers ban reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics. Brighton and Hove City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to write to the managing directors of its three largest stores condemning the music. It urged them not to stock […]
  • No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singerReggae star Sizzla has refused to apologise for his lyrics advocating violence against gay men, despite his UK tour being cancelled after protests. “They can’t ask me to apologise,” he told BBC radio station 1Xtra. “They’ve got to apologise to God because they break God’s law.” Sizzla is not […]
  • Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyricsA collection of articles and background information on the current debate, where Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, the two controversial reggae acts accused of inciting violence against homosexuals, have been dropped from the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards after refusing to provide their promised written apologies. […]
  • City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album banThe first city-wide boycott of reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics is being considered in Brighton. Councillors want music retailers HMV, Virgin Megastore and MVC to stop selling albums with homophobic lyrics in its Brighton and Hove branches. While the council does not have the power to ban […]
  • Reggae stars ‘help to spread HIV’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae stars ‘help to spread HIV’Reggae stars using homophobic lyrics are stoking the spread of HIV, a UK minister is warning in the Caribbean.International Development Minister Gareth Thomas fears that discrimination against homosexuals is deterring people from being tested for HIV. Mr Thomas will tell a conference in St Kitts there must be […]
  • ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by USGatans Parlament – a Norwegian rap group that criticised US President George W Bush by setting up a website whose name means “Kill him now” is in trouble with US authorities.Washington’s embassy in Oslo has reported hip-hop artists Gatans Parlament to the police, accusing them of threatening the […]
  • ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry starts

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry startsUK detectives are investigating claims that lyrics penned by eight leading reggae artists incite violence against homosexuals and are therefore illegal. Lyrics by Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer are among those being scrutinised by Scotland Yard.Meanwhile the government is considering banning reggae star Sizzla from the UK as […]
  • French minister warns ‘hate’ rap bands over lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## French minister warns ‘hate’ rap bands over lyricsFrench minister warned “hate lyric” French rap groups they faced legal action if they performed in public material that was racist or anti-Semitic. The band Sniper has outraged deputies in the governing UMP party with “La France,” which taps the deep sense of alienation of disaffected […]
  • Hungary: Adam Fischer on artistic freedom and responsibility

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Video recordings from ‘All that is Banned is Desired’:Adam Fischer on artistic freedom and responsibility Adam Fischer was the speaker of the session ‘HUNGARY: ARTISTIC FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE AGE OF XENOPHOBIA’. He said: “I want to speak here about the responsibility of artists, towards the freedom of art, the freedom of speech. How […]
  • Kyrgyzstan: Court bans rap song for ‘hate speech’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kyrgyzstan: Court bans rap song for ‘hate speech’ A court in the city of Osh, where violent ethnic clashes claimed hundreds of lives in 2010, has banned an Uzbek-language rap song for promoting separatism and inciting hatred between Kyrgyz and Uzbek people. Two years after the ethnic clashes between Uzbek and Kyrgyz residents […]
  • Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech Three popular live musicians – John De’ Mathew, Muigai wa Njoroge and Kamande wa Kioi – have been accused of propagating hate speech. The Mugithi singers, who are popular live musicians, are allegedly singing songs in Kikuyu language that border on ‘hate speech’ against Prime […]
  • India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence The Indian super-hit song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ should be banned for its violent lyrics that “incite aggression”, stated a public interest litigation petition filed before the Kerala High Court. The song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ is one of the most popular […]
  • Brazil: Ban on songs that encourage violence against women and gays

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Brazil: Ban on songs that encourage violence against women and gays The Brazilian state Bahia has approved a law banning the use of public funds to pay for events where songs that offend women and gays are played. The state legislature of the north-eastern state of Bahia approved the law on 27 March […]
  • Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled

    NEWS 12 April 2012 Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled In March 2012, the 35-year-old Jamaican reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji was stopped from performing in Sweden, second time around in the same month, because of his infamous homophobic lyrics. Sizzla was scheduled to perform in Slakthuset in Stockholm on 28 March 2012, but […]
  • New Zealand: Controversial American hip-hop group’s concert cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## New Zealand: Controversial American hip-hop group’s concert cancelled Promoters of the travelling ‘Big Day Out’ festival removed the American rap group Odd Future from the festival’s Auckland lineup due to objections from locals over the group’s homophobic lyrics. Odd Future is a ten-member cult rap collective from Los Angeles, USA, aged between 16 […]
  • Denmark: iTunes ‘censorship story’ became news breaker for Danish pop band

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: iTunes ‘censorship story’ became news breaker for Danish pop band A song entitled ‘Dum’ (‘Dumb’) by the Danish pop band Superspark reportedly got Apple’s online music store iTunes to “crack down” with a form of censorship, renaming the song ‘D*m’ when it was released on 15 August 2011. “We love Apple!”, the band […]
  • United Kingdom: Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest Out of “fear it may cause trouble”, traditional Caribbean steelband music has been banned from the 44th Leeds West Indian Carnival parade, reported Yorkshire Evening Post on 19 August 2011. A carnival committee of 13 members took the unanimous decision to have […]
  • USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics A 1,000-student college in Indiana State has banned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at all sporting events because the school’s president considers the US national anthem’s lyrics to be too violent and glorifying war. On 26 August 2011 NBC Sports reported that Tiny Goshen College — […]
  • United Kingdom: Ban on abusive chants by football fans

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Ban on abusive chants by football fans The British football club Tottenham Hotspur has vowed to ban fans guilty of offensive or abusive chanting. The Scottish government is currently considering a law about it. A football match between English Premier League and London arch-enemies Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur saw a minority […]
  • South Africa: Anti-apartheid song declared ‘hate speech’

    NEWS 13 September 2011 South Africa: Anti-apartheid song declared ‘hate speech’ by high court On 12 September 2011, South Africa’s high court banned the ruling ANC party from singing the old anti-apartheid song ‘Shoot the Boer’, and the controversial leader of ANC Youth League, Julius Malema, who has made the song his signature tune, was […]
  • Jamaica/Antigua: Arrest of reggae musician sparks censorship debate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / Antigua: Arrest of reggae musician sparks censorship debate The arrest of dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, who is charged with murder, has sparked a debate over whether restrictions should be placed on of music with violent content. Vybz Kartel (real name: Adidja Palmer), arguably Jamaica’s most popular dancehall artist, was arrested on […]
  • United Kingdom: Offensive football songs criminalised

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Scotland, United Kingdom: Offensive football songs criminalised ‘Sectarian’ chanting in football will be banned in Scotland, and football fans could be imprisoned for up to six years for singing offensive songs, if the socalled ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill’ is passed in the Scottish Parliament. In June 2011, the Scottish Parliament published proposals […]
  • Brazil: Mayor bans rap music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Brazil: Mayor bans rap music During the carnival period anyone caught listening to Brazilian funk or rap in Sao Lourenco, situated in south-eastern Minas Gerais state, will have to turn it off or face arrest and up to six months in prison. Sao Lourenco’s mayor, Jose Neto, has banned carnival revellers from playing […]
  • Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’ A governmental Council for Morality in Belarus has declared the German hard rock band Rammstein a threat to the state. They questioned an upcoming concert in Minsk, saying letting it go on would be a ‘costly mistake’ for the country. Belarus’ Council for Morality stated that […]
  • South Africa: Controversy over whether ‘hate song’ should be banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Africa: Controversy over whether ‘hate song’ should be banned The Irish singer Bono’s alleged defense of a controversial song, ‘Shoot the Boer’, has triggered heated debate and widespread outrage in South Africa. The country’s Supreme Court is currently considering whether the song should be banned for violating the white farmers’ rights. The […]
  • Jamaica: Ban on violent and explicit sexual lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica: Ban on violent and explicit sexual lyrics A government-led crackdown on violent and explicit sexual lyrics seems to have stalled reggae music’s 20-year slide into what has been dubbed “murder music,” wrote Zadie Neufville from Kingston on 14 September 2010. In February 2009 the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica banned all songs with […]
  • Venezuela: Reggae artist defies government ban on violent images

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Venezuela:Reggae artist defies government ban on violent images Venezuelan authorities are set to launch an investigation into a newly released music video called ‘Rotten Town’ by reggae artist Onechot that depicts the current state of violence in the country. The video was released at a public event on 17 August 2010, only a few […]
  • Germany: 11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:11 Jamaican ‘hate music’ albums blacklisted An official authority has blacklisted 11 dancehall albums in the period between 2008 and January 2010 due to violent and homophobic content, reported Steven Jackson of Jamiaca Observer. The artists whose work has been blacklisted in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, include Sizzla, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Capleton, […]
  • South Africa: Old anti-apartheid song banned on hate speech charges

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Africa: Old anti-apartheid song banned on hate speech charges On 26 March 2010, a South African court prohibited the singing of a controversial anti-apartheid song, ‘Ayesab’amagwala’ (‘The cowards are afraid’). A part of the lyrics translates as ‘kill the boer’, or ‘shoot the boer’, urging to the shooting of white farmers, and […]
  • Rwanda: Singer Bikindi’s conviction affirmed by UN Appeals Chamber

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Rwanda / Tanzania: Singer Bikindi’s conviction affirmed by UN Appeals Chamber On 18 March 2010, singer Simon Bikindi’s conviction and sentence of 15 years in prison was affirmed by the Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. On 2 December 2008, Trial Chamber III found Simon Bikindi — a […]
  • France: Censorship row over festival’s ban on rapper

    NEWS 20 July 2009 France: Censorship row over festival’s ban on rapper 27-year-old rapper Orelsan was removed from the programme of a major French music festival in the last minute — and then quickly became the centre of a national debate over censorship. Should rappers be able to sing whatever they like in the name […]
  • Guyana: Ban lifted on ‘gangsta’ dancehall stad

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Guyana: Ban lifted on Jamaican ‘gangsta’ dancehall star Several countries in the Carribean have barred the Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado citing that his lyrics advocate violence. In Guyana, the goverment lifted the ban, causing a heated public debate. 28-year-old Jamaican singer Mavado (real name: David Constatine Brooks) is known around the world for […]
  • Denmark: Controversy over Jamaican reggae star’s concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark / Jamaica:Controversy over reggae star’s concert in Copenhagen Prior to his concert in Copenhagen on 19 October 2009 reggae star Sizzla was quoted in a Danish newspaper interview as confirming his anti-homosexual viewpoints. Because of this the local music venue where the concert was about to take place threatened to cancel it, […]
  • USA: City council discusses ban on hip-hop

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA, Florida: City council discusses ban on hip-hop A councilman in Fort Myers, Florida, is seeking to have hip-hop music banned at the Harborside Events Center and other venues in Fort Myers. During a council meeting on 5 October 2009, councilman Warren Wright will discuss the possibility of barring all hip-hop shows and […]
  • Jamaica / Denmark: University thesis on dancehall reggae and homophobia

    STUDY ROOM ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica / Denmark: University thesis seeks to explain homophobia in dancehall reggae Johannes Frandsen Skjelbo, a student of University of Copenhagen, has written an analysis of Jamaican music culture in a postcolonial context, with a view to the Danish reception of Jamaican music. It was published in Danish language in March 2009. […]
  • Rwanda: Singer sentenced 15 years prison for incitement

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Rwanda:Singer sentenced 15 years prison for incitement One of Rwanda’s most famous singers, Simon Bikindi, was convicted on 2 December 2008 for his direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Arusha, Tanzania, Simon Bikindi was sentenced for his role during the during the […]
  • Denmark/Sweden/Germany: In court for selling Nazi music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark/Sweden/Germany:In court for selling Nazi music to Germany Two men were arrested in Denmark on 27 August 2008 for allegedly financing, commissioning and distributing recordings that have been deemed illegal because of their extremist content. The Danish Ministry of Justice said that one of the men is German and one is Danish. SourcesDW-world.de – […]
  • Canada: Jamaica-boycott called off

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Jamaica-boycott called off Stop Murder Music Canada, a group organising a boycott of Jamaica unless the country’s government takes action against homophobic violence, cancelled the action after receiving an official response from the Jamaican consul general in Canada. Stop Murder Music Canada tries to prevent the sales and performances of Jamaican musicians whose songs […]
  • Canada: Silencing Jamaican musicians fuels censorship debate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Silencing Jamaican musicians fuels censorship debate A Canadian coalition calls for a boycott of Jamaica and its music if the country’s government doesn’t take action on homophobic violence. The controversy over certain dancehall song lyrics has ignited a heated debate in Canada and Jamaica about censorship and freedom of expression. Songs by Jamaican […]
  • South Africa: Rap song banned for incitement to violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Africa: Rap song banned for incitement to violence The song ‘Get Out’ by Zimbabwean-born hip-hop artist Zubz has been banned on the South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC. This followed a complaint to the Broadcasting Compliants Tribunal of South Africa by a right wing party called Freedom Front Plus stating that the song […]
  • Mozambique: City authorities called rapper in for questioning

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mozambique:City authorities called rapper in for questioning The rap artist Azagaia was summoned before prosecutors to explain the allegedly violent lyrics of a song he has written about the February 2008 riots in Maputo “The shadow of censorship has fallen across the Mozambican musical world,” writes Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique’s Paul Fauvet […]
  • Canada: Reggae shows cancelled after protests

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada: Reggae shows cancelled after protests Jamaican reggae stars Elephant Man and Sizzla have been forced to cancel two concerts in Toronto, Canada, after locals protested against their homophobic lyrics. Elephant Man (real name: O’Neil Bryan) was due to play at the mega-club Kool Haus in Toronto on 5 October 2007, but the […]
  • United Kingdom: Tory leader calls for ban on violent lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## UK:Tory leader: ‘Stop violent lyrics’ On 4 July 2007, David Cameron renewed his call for the music industry to “show leadership” by banning violent lyrics from songs, reported The Guardian. The Tory leader appealed to the British Phonographic Industry to bring its influence to bear on the pro-violence culture blighting Britain’s youth, writes […]
  • Jamaica: Dancehall star signs the Reggae Compassionate Act

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Jamaica: Dancehall star signs Reggae Compassionate Act Reggae and dancehall star Buju Banton is the fourth artist to sign the ‘Reggae Compassionate Act’ – a part of the gay rights campaign ‘Stop Murder Music’. Other artists, such as Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton, have already signed the act, reported UK Gay News and British […]
  • Denmark: Reggae concert under close surveillance

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark:Reggae concert under close surveillance 200 activitsts demonstrated against the performance of Jamaican rapper and DJ Elephant Man in Copenhagen on 21 May 2007 because he has incited to violence against homosexuals in his songs “Battyman fi dead! [Queers must be killed]Please mark we word [Please mark my words]Gimme tha tech-nine [Give me […]
  • Denmark: Calling to cancel Jamaican reggae star concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark:Calling to cancel Jamaican reggae star concert The Jamaican Reggae singer Buju Banton was met with demonstrations and callings to cancel his concert when he played at The Rock in Copenhagen on July 11, 2006 Representatives of the gay and lesbian community in Denmark demanded the concert cancelled and arranged demonstrations against Buju […]
  • Rwanda: War crimes trial feared to legitimise new repression of musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Rwanda: War crimes trial feared to legitimise new repression of musicians elsewhere On 18 September 2006 a UN war crimes trial began in Tanzania, charging a musician with inciting genocide in Rwanda. If convicted, the unintended consequence might be repression elsewhere of legitimate forms of musical expression. Rwandan singer-songwriter Simon Bikindi stands accused […]
  • Denmark: High school pupils convicted for rap song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark:High school pupils convicted for rap song On 19 October 2006 two pupils from K Source:Dagbladet K Related reading on ‘hate music’
  • Germany: Neo-Nazi rally for release of jailed musician

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:Neo-Nazi rally for release of a right-wing musician On 21 October 2006 a group of 750 Neo-Nazis demonstrated in Berlin to demand the release of a jailed right-wing musician of the banned rock group Landser, reported several news agencies The neo-Nazis protested outside Tegel prison in northwestern Berlin where Michael Regener, former singer […]
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  • Germany targets neo-Nazi music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany targets neo-Nazi musicGerman police have raided the homes of more than 300 people suspected of posting neo-Nazi music files on the internet. Police say they have seized thousands of compact discs and hundreds of computers in their nationwide raids.Federal Crime Office President Joerg Ziercke warned neo-Nazis used skinhead music to reach out […]
  • Eminem censors himself

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Eminem censors himselfDespite the liberal use of expletives in the average Eminem sentence it appears that Slim Shady draws the line at playing his music to his young daughter, Hailie. Talking to MTV about a song on which his daughter contributes a few lines he revealed that he insists that she listens to […]
  • List of banned songs in Zambia 2004

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## List of banned songs in Zambia 2004A few Zambian artists gained further popularity in 2004 by releasing controversial songs, but several artists learned a tough lesson when songs with “vulgar language” were banned by local radio stations and condemned publicly. “Opinion” in Times of Zambia supported the censorship. Story from AllAfrica.com 1Story from […]
  • Hate music: Music With a Heart Full of Hatred

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Hate music: Music With a Heart Full of Hatred Far more dispiriting than the freakish, tattooed skinhead bands blurting white supremacist lyrics is the image of two pristine-looking little blond girls throwing their arms in a Nazi salute and singing, ”Strike force, white survival.” They are all under the influence of so-called hatecore, […]
  • The Hot Sound of Hate

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Hot Sound of HateHundreds of bands in America and Europe produce Hate Music. In September Panzerfaust Records launched Project Schoolyard, a plan to snag kids 13 to 19 by distributing 100,000 free CDs of such bands as Day of the Sword, H8 Machine and Final War. In a cramped upstairs den in […]
  • Dr Martin Cloonan: About Hate Music

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  • DR Congo: Ban on rap music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ban on rap music in D.R. CongoIn June 2004, the Committee of Censorship in the Democratic Republic of Congo censored all Congolese rap groups and foreign music. This decision was taken by the Attorney General of the Republic. The reason given for banning rap is that it is ‘obscene and violent, and causes […]
  • Censor and be damned? The link between violent music and violent behaviour

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Censor and be damned?There are some good things to be said about music censorship. The trouble is that the people saying them are usually unspeakable. But every now and then there are exceptions, and recently the Home Office played a blinder by discouraging Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla from entering the UK to perform […]
  • La Rumeur: accused of inciting violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## La Rumeur: accused of inciting violence against the police and the mediaInterview with French hip hop group La RumeurWhen it was fashionable for French hip hop groups to sign up for a major label La Rumeur went underground. But when fashion went underground, the six-member rap band turned to EMI to release its […]
  • US school talent show draws Secret Service

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## U.S. school talent show draws Secret Service– Parents and students say they are outraged and offended by a proposed band name and song scheduled for a high school talent show in Boulder this evening, but members of the band, named Coalition of the Willing, said the whole thing is being blown out of […]
  • Middle East: Hip-Hop on the frontline

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Hip-Hop on the frontlineGlobalised rap music may have lost its bite, but in the Middle East it’s giving voice to both sides in the conflict. Article from The Guardian. For Arab countries and the Middle East, the influence and performance of hip-hop lights a few fuses. First, the debate that hip-hop’s cultural swamping […]
  • United Kingdom: Reggae concert banned over lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae concert banned over lyricsJamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton has been banned from playing a concert in Manchester after protests over his allegedly homophobic lyrics. The reggae artist was due to perform at the Bierkeller in Piccadilly on Thursday night. Greater Manchester Police cancelled the gig as previous performances “suggest a likelihood of […]
  • Beenie Man banned from MTV gig

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Beenie Man banned from MTV gigThe Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man has been banned from performing at an MTV concert in Miami after gay activists planned a protest over the singer’s past lyrics. Beenie Man, who recently issued his “sincerest apologies” for violent, homophobic lyrics, was due to perform on Saturday prior to […]
  • White Noise Music – an international affair

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  • Killer “acted out” Eminem song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Killer “acted out” Eminem songA teenager who acted out the brutal lyrics of a song by controversial rapper Eminem has been jailed for life.Story from BBC Related reading
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  • Pop lyrics and their censors

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pop lyrics and their censors” Political correctness has imposed a new restraint on free speech.”Interview with Freemuse co-chair Martin Cloonan on music censorship today, from BBC;http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3395823.stmHow do pop lyrics get past the censors? Cloonan interviewed by BBC Front Row 12th of January 2004 (audio interview)http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/frontrow_20040112.shtml Related reading
  • Australia: Controversy over race-hate music festival

    NEWS Australia: Controversy over race-hate music festival On 17 April 2010 a white supremacy group in Queensland organised a race-hate music festival on the Gold Coast. The city’s mayor, Ron Clarke, as well as multicultural community groups said that the best defence to such marginal, fanatical groups would be a deaf ear. When flyers for a white […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sweden: rap band taken to court for ‘hate speech’

    NEWS Sweden:Rap band taken to court accused of ‘hate speech’ Whether calling the police ‘pigs’ and encouraging to start a “war” against them goes beyond the limits of the rights to freedom of expression in rap music is to be tried in a Swedish court Two members of a rap band from the south of […]

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