• Pakistan: Famed Sufi singer killed in drive-by shooting

    Freemuse calls for counter narratives to religious extremism On 22 June 2016, one of Pakistan’s most famous singers Amjad Sabri died in the port town of Karachi after two gunmen on a motorbike shot the singer in his car just a kilometre after leaving his home. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killing, reported […]
  • Iraq: Boy beheaded for listening to Western music

    According to ARA News, Islamic State militants publicly executed a 15-year-old boy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on 16 February 2016 for listening to “Western music”. A spokesman for the Ninevah media centre told the new outlet that the boy, Ayham Hussein, was caught listening to pop music in his father’s grocery store […]
  • Ethiopia: Crackdown on Oromo musicians

    The current unrest in the Oromia region with news reports about a state crackdown on musicians is nothing new in Ethiopia, explains Endalk in this background article. In the last two decades, any Oromo singer who gravitated towards political and social activism have been subjected to intimidation, abductions, and torture. Singers have been killed, and […]
  • Burundi: Musician shot by police

    The Burundian singer and musician Pascal Treasury Nshimirimana was arrested and shot by police on 3 January 2016, according to BBC Afrique and RFI. The 27-year-old singer, also known as Lisuba (also spelled: Lissouba), was arrested by the police in the morning and was later found dead in Musaga, a neighbourhood south of the capital […]
  • 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 […]
  • Pakistan: Pashto singer Gulnaz killed by four gunmen

    » Dawn / AFP – 19 June 2014: Pashto singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar Pashto singer Gulnaz alias Muskan was killed in the Gulburg area of Peshawar Cantt. Police said unidentified gunmen entered the house of Gulnaz also known as Muskan and shot her dead. » Samaa – 19 June 2014: Pashto singer Gulnaz […]
  • Greece: Rapper murdered

    On the night of 17 September 2013 approximately 25 Golden Dawn neo-nazis murdered the 34-year-old rapper Pavlos Fissas, known as ‘Killah P’, in Keratsini, a working class neighborhood in Piraeus, Athens. » Information can be found in Twitter.com: @antireport, #antireport, #KillahP » This is one of his songs on youtube.com, roughly translated as ‘I won’t […]
  • North Korea: 12 musicians reportedly executed by firing squad

    Unconfirmed reports claim the famous North Korean pop singer Hyun Song-wol was among a number of musicians who were executed by firing squad on 20 August 2013, according to the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. Left: This screen capture from North Korean Central TV shows the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un clapping during a concert […]
  • Mexico: Several musicians brutally killed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:Several musicians brutally killed Several of the musicians from the Mexican group Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing since 24 January, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed. Kombo Kolombia had been playing a gig in a private bar on Thursday 24 January […]
  • Pakistan: Popular singer gunned down in music market

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Popular singer gunned down in music market A young singer, Ghazala Javed, was shot dead on 18 June 2012 along with her father by two unknown armed men The incident happened in the busy Mohallah Nau of Dabgari Garden in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, where the singer was […]
  • Iraq: Bomb explosion at a music store kills 32

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: Bomb explosion at a music store kills 32 Two bomb attacks at a music store in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad killed 32 people on 27 October 2011. The two blasts, which took place at a music store in the evening on 27 October 2011, killed 32 people and wounded 71 others, […]
  • Mexico: Several musicians brutally killed

    NEWS 01 February 2013 Mexico:Several musicians brutally killed Several of the musicians from the Mexican group Kombo Kolombia who have been reported missing since 24 January, have been found dead. It is still uncertain how many band members that have been killed. Kombo Kolombia had been playing a gig in a private bar on Thursday […]
  • Turkey: Killed for requesting a Kurdish song

    NEWS 03 January 2012 Turkey:Killed for requesting a Kurdish song A weekend in December 2011 ended tragically when Gazi Akbayir, a man originally from Tunceli, was brutally murdered after having requested that musicians in a bar sing a folksong in Zaza Kurdish, his native language. The sad incident took place in a bar in Izmir […]
  • Algeria: Matoub court case loaded with contradictions

    NEWS   Algeria: Matoub court case loaded with contradictions On 18 July 2011, the criminal court in Tizi Ouzou, 100 kilometres east of Algiers, finally judged the two alleged perpetrators of the assassination of Algerian singer Lounès Matoub to 12 years in prison. Having already served close to the full sentence while in costudy, they […]
  • Algeria: New trial for the murder of singer Matoub

    NEWS 12 July 2011 Algeria: New trial for the murder of singer Matoub A trial about the murder of the singer Lounès Matoub on 25 June 1998 is scheduled to open on 18 July 2011 in the criminal court in Tizi Ouzou. Lounès Matoub (often credited as Matoub Lounès in French sources) was one of […]
  • Argentina: One of Latin America’s most admired folk singers murdered

    NEWS Argentina / Guatemala: One of Latin America’s most admired folk singers murdered The 74-year-old Argentine singer and novelist Facundo Cabral was killed when his car came under heavy fire from three carloads of gunmen on 9 July 2011. The murder has prompted expressions of anguish from across Latin America, reported the Associated Press. Speaking […]
  • Afghanistan: Musicians kidnapped by Taliban

    NEWS     Afghanistan: Musicians kidnapped by Taliban A group of six Afghan musicians has been kidnapped by the Taliban for defying a ban on music. This was reported by Agence France-Presse and various news media in Asia and Australia. According to Times of India one of the six musicians abducted on 13 December 2008 […]
  • Afghanistan: Seven musicians killed by gunmen

    NEWS Afghanistan: Seven musicians killed by gunmenThe popular singer Qhurban Nazar and six musicians have been killed by gunmen in northern Afghanistan, reports BBC News The singer Qhurban Nazar (also referred to as Qorban or Quarab) and six members of his orchestra was sprayed with bullets and killed as they were returning by car from a wedding party in north-western province […]
  • Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship

    NEWS Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship 130 Afghans have established a new musician’s organisation, the Afghanistan Music Foundation, with the objective of creating unification among musicians in the country – and to fight against music censorship and oppression of musicians Text and video by Mik Aidt, journalist & Freemuse’s web editorPhotos by Hafizullah Haidar, CSHRN staff […]
  • Afghanistan: 24-year-old female presenter of music show killed

    NEWS 19 May 2005 Young TV music show presenter killed in KabulOn May 18, 2005, TV presenter Shaima Rezayee, 24, was shot in Kabul by unknown men. Her killing is possibly linked to her presenting of the music show ‘Hop’ on Tulo TV. Two months earlier, she had been dismissed from the show after it […]
  • Algeria: Cheb Hasni – popular rai hero assassinated

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