• Kuwait: Music distributor pulls out of Kuwait because of censorship

    NEWS 20 February 2012 Kuwait:Music distributor pulls out of Kuwait because of censorship Music Master, a leading Dubai-based music distributor, has stopped its Kuwait operations because state censorship of albums and artwork makes it impossible to operate, reported Arabian Business on 31 January 2011. Albums by mainstream artists such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga have […]
  • Mexico: Musician kidnapped and tortured

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Musician kidnapped and tortured Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran, a singer with the Mexican band Los Ciclones del Arroyo, was kidnapped and tortured after refusing to perform a song requested by a group of people at a party, police said according to several news media. 41-year-old Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran was abducted from […]
  • Egypt: Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt:Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring His songs were inspired by the experiences he had in the eye of the revolutionary hurricane on Tahrir Square. The events gave Ramy Essam the reputation as one of North Africa’s new musical revolution heroes, and the Western media have proclaimed him to be […]
  • Press release: Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## ##PageSearchDescription## Nordic safe havens for persecuted musicians A call for safe cities from SKAP. “Make Sweden a safe haven for persecuted musicians and composers,” says SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council, in a proposition addressed to the Swedish government and national politicians, urging them to allow the Swedish cities to receive […]
  • West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict Video from West Papua – a supplement to Clara Moksha’s Music Freedom Report which was published on 3 March 2012. Video by Clara Moksha  Music Freedom Report no. 4: West Papua Can freedom be sung? – Part 1 Music […]
  • Russia: Detention of Pussy Riot members extended to three months

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Detention of Pussy Riot members extended to three months Following the punk group Pussy Riot’s protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on 21 February 2012, Russian authorities arrested three women who are held in detention until their case comes before court on 24 June. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were arrested on […]
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    COMRADE FATSO
  • Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire Senegal, celebrated for being a bastion of peace and stability in a troubled region, is preparing for presidential elections in which 86 year old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade hopes to win a third term in office. The opposition say that Wade’s bid for re-election is unconstitutional and […]
  • Pakistan: We want to defeat terrorism through music, says culture minister

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: We want to defeat terrorism through music, says culture minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Khyber Pakthunkhwa’s culture minister, told Inter Press Service in an interview that his government wants to reverse the policies of the former MMA government which banned musical concerts. “We want to defeat terrorism through music and art,” the minister […]
  • Cuba: Two hip-hop musicians arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Two hip-hop musicians arrested Julito and El Primario, two hip-hop musicians who have popularized songs defiantly against the Cuban government and who started a label called Sin Censura Records (Without Censorship Records), were arrested at an anti-government protest. 21-year-old Julito (real name: Julio León Fonseca), and 22-year-old El Primario (real name: Rodolfo […]
  • 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, […]
  • Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro” One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de […]
  • Somalia: Bomb blast at concert in newly opened national theatre

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Bomb blast at concert in newly opened national theatre “The blast happened as musicians were singing and spectators were clapping for them. Huge smoke made the whole scene go dark. People screamed and soldiers suddenly started opening fire at the gate. Some wounded people escaped and ran away,” Salah Jimale told The […]
  • Nepal: Police disrupts Tibetan culture show

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nepal: Police disrupts Tibetan culture show Tibetans in Nepal are facing increased restrictions on cultural performances. Recently a programme by a Kathmandu-based group was broken up by the Nepalese police. By Hanne Pedersen, writing from Kathmandu On 29 September 2011, the Nepal Tibetan Lhamo Association (NTLA) was going to perform a programme of […]
  • Iraq: Musician shot dead in 2007, remembered on Day to End Impunity

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: Musician shot dead in 2007, remembered on Day to End Impunity Each day from 1 until 23 November 2011, IFEX highlighted a story of a journalist, writer, musician, artist or free expression advocate who was killed on that day, and whose murderers have gone free. One of them was the Iraqi musician […]
  • Musikkens frihedsdag stiller skarpt p

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## Pressemeddelelse udsendt til 149 danske journalister og mediehuse Fra Brooklyn til N I Cairo medvirker blandt andre Ramy Essam, kendt som opr Klik p        Plakat for Hibrido’s Music Freedom Day aktiviteterne i Italien i marts 2012 Media coverage 201289.3KPCC – 2 March 2012:‘Listen to the banned: Music Freedom Day to […]
  • Call for establishing Scandinavian safe havens for persecuted musicians

    NEWS 23 April 2012 Denmark, Norway, Sweden:Call for establishing Scandinavian safe havens for persecuted musicians “Make Sweden a safe haven for endangered music makers,” suggests SKAP, Freemuse and the Swedish Arts Council, urging the Swedish government and regional and local politicians to allow the Swedish cities to receive threatened composers and musicians. PRESS RELEASE TO SWEDISH […]
  • Comrade Fatso

    COMRADE FATSO(Zimbabwe) 03 November 2011 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 […]
  • Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again On 8 November 2011 singer Arya Aramnejad was arrested when his home was raided by intelligence agents. According to news agencies and bloggers, Arya Aramnejad was beaten by the agents, handcuffed and then taken to an unknown location. The violent arrest of singer and composer Arya Aramnejad took […]
  • Tunisia: Culture minister defends artistic freedom

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia:Culture minister defends artistic freedom “There will be no restrictions on creative freedom. It is not possible as long as I am a minister of culture,” said Mehdi Mabrouk, Tunisia’s culture minister, after he had been under fire for saying he would exclude sexy Lebanese pop stars from an annual music festival. Mehdi […]
  • United Kingdom: Music by torture survivors express protest, love and hope

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Music by torture survivors express protest, love and hope Stone Flowers, a British song-writing and performing project with 21 refugees who are also torture survivors – and both amateur and professional singers and instrumentalists – launched their debut album on 25 September 2011. The group comprises of Congolese, Iranian, Lebanese and […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Awareness concert and award nomination for imprisoned singer

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Awareness concert and award nomination for imprisoned singer A concert event is held on 26 November in Thailand for the Burmese singer and human rights activist Win Maw, imprisoned in Burma since 2008, and now shortlisted for the Freedom to Create Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Win Maw is now shortlisted […]
  • FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til den kendte sanger Lapiro de Mbanga, der skrev en ops L Artikler p Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners? Editorial from The Nation (Nairobi), 12 November 2004, by Philip Mwaniki […]
  • 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 […]
  • Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse press release: Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011 Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November 2011. After […]
  • Austin Dacey, USA: Expanding the boundaries

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## Austin Dacey, USA:Expanding the boundaries Amplifying music in the face of censorshipA presentation by Austin Dacey, followed by a debate which took place at the conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ on 21 November 2011 in Stockholm. SourceSee more videos from the conference:right11.se/videos Related reading on freemuse.org Statement by Freemuse Executive Committee […]
  • The Liberty For Arts Award 2012 goes to Freemuse Director Marie Korpe

    NEWS 07 March 2012 Good news in Freemuse’s own world:The Liberty For Arts Award 2012 goes to Freemuse Director Marie Korpe “With this price we express our deepest gratefulness to Mrs Marie Korpe for her philanthropic dedication to the threatened musicians and composers all over the world and therefore we fully want to share with […]
  • Lebanon: Protest against increased censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon: Protest against increased censorship In light of the notable increase in censorship in Lebanon over the last year, a number of musicians, performers, filmmakers and comedians decided to put on a show at Metro al-Madina in Beirut on 15 March 2012, entitled ‘I am Free’. The event brought together popular artists such […]
  • Freemuse Awards

    FREEMUSE AWARDS The Freemuse Award Freemuse Award 2016 Lavon Volski, an icon of Belarusian rock music, is the winner of the 2016 Freemuse Award. 25 April 2016    Freemuse Award 2014 Freemuse Award Winner 2014 is City of Harstad in Norway. In 2013, Harstad declared itself as the world’s first ‘Safe city for musicians’. Harstad […]
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    EL GÉNÉRAL(Tunisia) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician and rapper El Général comments on music censorship in Tunisia. This interview with El Général was recorded by Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov in Stockholm, Sweden, in September 2011. Hamada Ben-Amor – known by his fans as ‘El Général’ (‘The General’) – was arrested in January 2011 after posting a song on the Internet entitled […]
  • Colombia: Rappers fighting for peace

    ARTICLES 10 January 2012 Colombia:Rappers fighting for peace This is the story about young hip-hoppers spreading a message of hope and peace while living within an armed conflict. 27-year old Jeihhco and his friends are using microphones, record players and education to change the everyday life in their neighborhood. Medellín in Colombia is known as […]
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    AZER CIRTTAN
  • Malaysia: Political music video banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Political music video banned Malaysia’s Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim has deemed the video for the song ‘Undilah’ unsuitable for broadcast because it has contents which allegedly “offends certain segments of society”. In a mix of Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin, the video shows known Malaysian personalities urge Malaysians to register […]
  • Pakistan: Taliban campaign against music still in full swing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Taliban campaign against music still in full swing Militants bombed or torched more than a dozen music shops in the second week of November 2011 in the Swabi district of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province and the city of Miramshah in North Waziristan, according to numerous reports, wrote Majeed Babar for Radio Free Europe […]
  • Somalia: Religious extremists storm music radio station

    NEWS 21 January 2012 Somalia: Religious extremists storm music radio station First the militant extremist group Al-Shabaab ordered Radio Afgoye, the only radio station in the lower Shabelle region, to refrain from broadcasting songs and music. When the radio station’s management refused to do this, the militias carried out an illegal takeover of the station. […]
  • Mali: Islamists have banned music in northern region

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mali: Islamists have banned music in northern region In Kidal, heartland of the Islamist Ansar Dine group, music has been replaced by prayer readings on the local radio. The group wants to impose strict sharia law across Mali. In three short days in the beginning of April 2012, a mix of rebel forces […]
  • Bahrain: Imprisoned for playing revolutionary songs in her car

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Imprisoned for playing revolutionary songs in her car According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), 38 year old Fadhila Al Mubarak has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for participating in peaceful protests and for playing a revolutionary CD in her car. On 27 March 2011, Fadhila Al Mubarak […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2012 marked in 22 countries world-wide

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 06 March 2012 New record:Music Freedom Day 2012 was marked in 22 countries world-wide From Brooklyn to Cairo and Kabul – musicians and artists in 22 countries that used the annual Music Freedom Day as an opportunity to highlight why the musical freedom of speech is important. In Cairo, Ramy Essam, […]
  • Iran: Death sentence against Iranian rapper in Germany

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Death sentence against Iranian rapper in Germany After the exiled Iranian rapper and rock guitarist Shahin Najafi released a controversial song entitled ‘Imam Naghi’, an Iranian cleric issued a death sentence (fatwa) against him, a news site in the country started a campaign calling for his assassination, and a religious site issued […]
  • Guyana: Singer banned by National Broadcasting Association

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Guyana: Singer banned by National Broadcasting Association The Guyana National Broadcasting Association announced on 21 September 2011 that the Jamaican dancehall singer Vybz Kartel (real name: Adidja Palmer) has been banned from public airwaves in Guyana. Martin Goolsarran, a spokesman for the state-owned radio outlet, National Communications Network, said that Vybz Kartel’s music […]
  • Israel: Women sing out in musical protest against orthodox prohibition

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Women sing out in musical protest against orthodox prohibition In response to the orthodox prohibition against women singers. Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman has announced a Tel Aviv street protest in which a group of women will stand in public and sing, to make their voices heard. On Friday 11 November 2011, Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman and […]
  • Iran: Arya – the Victor Jara of my homeland

    ARTICLES 12 January 2012 Iran:Arya – the Victor Jara of my Homeland The Aljazeera website recently ran an article which suggested the Arab Spring has also realised the magical power of music, so much so that it is voicing its protest through different styles of music, from folk music to Hip Hop. This is how […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cinemateket: SPEAK UP! Film om censur og ytringsfrihed

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## København, Danmark: SPEAK UP! Film om censur og ytringsfrihed Den 9.-11. december danner København ramme for Artsfex, et globalt netværksmøde om kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed, arrangeret af Freemuse og Dansk PEN. Repræsentanter for mere end 1.200 internationale organisationer forventes at deltage, og øverst på dagsordenen står diskussioner om, hvor og hvordan kunstens stemmer bliver stækket […]
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    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## N Pressemeddelelse fra BazarMusicShop:I 2012 er det i lande over hele verden stadig forbudt eller forbundet med stor risiko at s Artikler p
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked arrested again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Rapper El Haked arrested again On 29 March 2012, the 24-year-old rapper Mouad Belghouat, known as Lhaqed or El Haked, was arrested again because of one of his songs. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, wrote:“El Haked’s arrest for the content of his songs for the second time is unacceptable […]
  • Bahrain: Open letter calls for support to Bahraini artists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Bahrain: Open letter calls for support to Bahraini artists A group of Bahraini artists and intellectuals have published a letter to UNESCO Artist for Peace Missa Johnouchi from Japan, who performed in Bahrain at the 20th Bahrain International Music Festival on 15 October 2011. This is the letter which was sent: 8 October 2011 […]
  • News 2012

    NEWS 2012 Read more:News 2011
  • Russia: Punk band arrested after protesting against Putin

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Punk band arrested after protesting against Putin Shortly before the presidential elections in Russia, authorities put an end to punk band Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin protest concerts, held illegally in public places, by arresting six members of the band, reported the newspaper The Moscow Times. You do not really need to be able to […]
  • Lavon Volski

    LAVON VOLSKI(Belarus) 04 July 2012 Freemuse interview with musician Lavon Volski, guitarist and vocalist of the group Krambambulya Interview by Ingo Petz. Filmed and edited by Matvei Saburov The Belarusian singer and musician Lavon Volski gave an exclusive interview to Freemuse about the current repressions of the Belarusian regime against the independent music scene in the country which since […]
  • Pakistan: Broad instability spelled an end to art in Swat Valley

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Broad instability spelled an end to art in Swat Valley In-depth article about the development for artists in Swat Valley since 2007, written by Shaheen Buneri, a journalist working for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty’s Mashaal Radio in Prague, Czech Republic. Three excerpts: The changes began in July 2007 when Maulana Fazlullah, […]
  • Pakistan: Under the censorship radar, anti-establishment songs flourish

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan:Under the censorship radar, anti-establishment songs flourish Using humour and satire, song writers increasingly enjoy a new sense of openness and freedom of speech in Pakistan nowadays, reported Times of India on 1 November 2011: “In a country racked by terrorist violence and extreme disillusionment with the state, humour and satire not only […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked is finally set free

    NEWS 12 January 2012 Morocco: El Haked is finally set free After spending more than four months in jail, rapper Mouad El Haked is finally a free man. He received a conditional release until his case is to be continued in the court. The 24-year old rapper is one of the monarchy’s most audacious critics […]
  • South Africa in 1989: CD album banned for offending Christians

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## South Arica:CD album banned for offending Christians Because of its title, the album ‘Bigger than Jesus’ by Kalahari Surfers was banned in 1989 for blasphemy and for the offending of Christians. The music was later re-released with a new album title, ‘Beach Bomb’. By Michael Drewett The Kalahari Surfers were a South African […]
  • United Kingdom: Four musicians suspended over Israel-Palestine row

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Four musicians suspended over Israel-Palestine row In September 2011, four members of the London Philarmonic Orchestra were suspended for nine months after calling to cancel a concert with the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra. Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were suspended until June 2012 because the […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates Freedom to Create Prize winner

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize winner Win Maw A specially recorded congratulatory message for Win Maw from Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, that was shared with the audience at the 2011 Freedom to Create […]
  • Jason Carter: Music censorship in North Korea – a personal video reflection

    NEWS 28 February 2012 North Korea:Music censorship in North Korea – a personal video reflection YouTube.com Jason Carter, the British guitarist who recorded the song ‘Navai’ with Marjan Vahdat for the initial Music Freedom Day in 2007, has produced this personal video documentary about a trip he made in North Korea in 2007. It contains […]
  • Freemuse statistical report: Violations of freedom of musical expression in 2011

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse Annual Statistics: Freedom of musical expression violations in 2011 Freemuse has compiled statistics to present an overview of the situation for musicians worldwide in 2011. This is a geographical presentation of musicians who were: – killed– injured, tortured or physically attacked– imprisoned- arrested or on trial– threatened– and concerts that were stopped. […]
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    YASAR KURT
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    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse og International Pen: Skal vi beskytte kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed? Over hele verden censureres kunstnere, men det er kun Freemuse og International Pen, som systematisk dokumenterer overgreb p PUBLIC PROGRAMME, FRIDAY 9 NOV 2011 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kgs. Nytorv 1 15:00 VIDEO Tiken Jah Fakoly in exile 15:08 INTRODUCTION • […]
  • Somalia – Music Freedom Report: Music too powerful to ban

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Video reportage from Somalia and Kenya: Music too powerful to ban This 11-minute documentary was made as a report on Somalia for Freemuse’s annual Music Freedom Day, as well as for The Humanitarian Bazaar Music Project. Directed by Daniel J. Gerstle • Music Freedom Report no. 7: Somalia The Humanitarian […]
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    VIDEO CLIPS Artists on censorship  – exclusive video interviews: see and hear artists’ views about and experiences with music and censorship
  • Syria: Ibrahim Kashoush – Silencing the singer

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Article in Al Jadid:Silencing the singer An article by the editor of the Los Angeles-based Al Jadid magazine, Elie Chalala, who has compiled exerpts of Arab writers revealing aspects of the late singer Ibrahim Kashoush’s life. “A day after he had sang in protest in the square of his hometown, Ibrahim Kashoush was […]
  • Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence The rap duo Prayaz from Holmlia in the Norwegian capital Oslo sing about violence against women, and they are themselves threatened with violence because of that, reported the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK. “What really struck us was the message that we should remember what happened to […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw released

    NEWS 13 January 2012 Burma / Myanmar:Win Maw released Win Maw, one of Burma’s most famous musicians, has been released. According to Democratic Voice of Burma, he was released at 13:40pm local time from Kyaukphyu prison in Arakan state. Freemuse has campaigned for his release for several years and last year he succeeded smuggling new […]
  • Pakistan: Artists camp reflect on aspects of intolerance and terrorism

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Artists camp reflect on aspects of intolerance and terrorism In Peshawar, Pakistan, on 7-27 May 2012, a two week camp for international artists aims to discuss and understand the phenomenon of terror. The camp is entitled ‘Face Off’. The camp and its workshops will include multidisciplinary artist from USA, United Kingdom, France, […]
  • 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 […]
  • Iraq: Radio station closed for playing music “contrary to local morality”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq:Radio station closed for playing music “contrary to local morality” The radio station Al-Sada, the only independent broadcaster in the province of Al-Qadisiya, has come under severe pressure. On 26 October 2011, a provincial council decided to close the station on the grounds that its programmes contained music which was “contrary to local […]
  • Freemuse campaign: Singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 29 January 2013 Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad released from prison Less than two weeks after a group of international artists joined Freemuse in a campaign for the release of the Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was given 91 days prison sentence, he was able to leave the prison. Allegedly, according to Freemuse’s sources, […]
  • Morocco: Un rappeur marocain privé de liberté

    NEWS 13 April 2012 Morocco: Un rappeur marocain privé de liberté Le rappeur marocain Mouad Belghouat, alias Lhaqed (“L’enragé”) a été arrêté le 29 mars, après une plainte de la Direction générale de la sûreté nationale. La police accuse le rappeur d’avoir posté une chanson sur internet avec des photos portant atteinte au corps de […]
  • Tibet/China: Singer Tashi Dhondup released from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China/Tibet: Singer Tashi Dhondup released from prison The Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup has been released from prison, reported Radio Free Asia on 8 February 2011 Radio Free Asia’s report quotes a relative of Tashi Dhondup who is living in Tibet as saying:“He arrived safely at his hometown in Yulgan [in Chinese: Henan] county […]
  • USA: Argentine song-writer won contest for freedom of expression

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Argentina: Argentine song-writer won contest for freedom of expression 20-year-old Juliana Castro won the Inter American Press Association’s contest for original songs related to violence against the press and unpunished murders of journalists. The idea of ​​the contest was to find a song to create awareness about the need to end […]
  • Abazar Hamid

    ABAZAR HAMID(Sudan) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Abazar Hamid comments on his situation in exile in Cairo, Egypt, and what it has meant for him to receive assistance from Freemuse. This interview with the exiled Sudanese musician Abazar Hamid was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Everything is affected by censorship […]
  • Matoub Loun

    NEWS فريميوز 01 August 2011 والدة معطوب الوناس- صورة البلاد معطوب الوناس: محاكمة وتناقضات سعيد خطيبي أدانت مؤخرا محكمة الجنايات بتيزي وزو(100 كلم شرقي الجزائر العاصمة) المتهمين الاثنين في قضية اغتيال المغني الملتزم معطوب الوناس باثنتي عشر سنة سجنا نافذة. عقوبة سيستنفذها المتهمان قريبا باعتبار أنهما قضيا جلّها في الحبس الاحتياطي. ومن المنتظر أن يتم […]
  • Sweden: Safe cities for musicians

    NEWS 17 November 2010 Sweden:Safe cities for musicians All over Europe city councils are hosting persecuted writers. Why not persecuted musicians? Chairperson of the Swedish Arts Council, Kerstin Brunnberg, raised the question on 15 November 2010. Kerstin Brunnberg said to the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation: “I am going to promote the idea of including musicians in […]
  • Egypt: Protest singer brutally tortured

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Protest singer brutally tortured Ramy Essam, the creator of the famous ‘#Jan25 Tahrir’ song that was played throughout the Egyptian revolution in February 2011, appeared with severe marks of torture after being detained by security forces, reported Egyptian bloggers via Twitter and Facebook. Below is a translation of Ramy Essam’s testimony which […]
  • USA: Army rapper discharged after nine months imprisonment

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Army rapper discharged after nine months imprisonment The imprisoned soldier, Iraq war veteran and hip-hip artist Marc Hall (real name: Marc Watercus) avoided a scheduled General Court Martial in Iraq for producing an angry anti-‘Stop-loss’ rap song. Instead, he was discharged immediately. In December 2009, the U.S. Army jailed 34-year-old Specialist Marc […]
  • Kazakhstan: Rapper forced to cancel concert for striking workers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kazakhstan: Rapper forced to cancel concert for striking workers Takezhan Oteghaliev, famous rapper in Kazakhstan, was pressured into canceling a concert in support of striking oil workers in western Kazakhstan, reported Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty’s Kazakh Service. Takezhan told RFE/RL the concert was to have been held on 27 August 2011 […]
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  • Armenia / Iran: Banned live music thrives in neighbouring country

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Armenia / Iran: Banned live music thrives in neighbouring country During the Persian New Year holidays, posters advertising concerts by banned Iranian musicians can be seen all over Yerevan, capital of the ex-Soviet republic Armenia, reported AFP. More than 20,000 Iranians come to celebrate Nowruz, New Year, in Armenia, and tickets for Nowruz […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop star given amnesty after three years in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma: Hip-hop star given amnesty after three years in prison Zayar Thaw, (also spelled: Zeya, Zeyar or Zay Yar) a prominent hip hop artist and member of the outlawed Generation Wave youth activist group, has been released after almost three years in prison. He is one of around 47 political prisoners […]
  • Senegal: Rapper arrested for criticising the president

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Rapper arrested for criticising the president On 25 July 2011 Senegal’s police arrested the rapper Thiat to question him about his criticising of President Abdoulaye Wade. Dozens of his fans protested, and he was released after 24 hours in detention, on 26 July. Thiat (real name: Oumar Cyrille Touré) is a member of […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: New Win Maw songs smuggled out of Burma

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:New Win Maw songs smuggled out of Burma The singer and human rights activist Win Maw has been imprisoned in Burma since 2008. Nevertheless, he continues his struggle for freedom of expression from the prison. In February 2011, Freemuse received three new songs from him. Win Maw doesn’t give up […]
  • Kina: Amerikansk protestsanger accepterede kinesisk censur

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Kina / USA: Amerikansk protestsanger accepterede kinesisk censur Den 69- Omtale i danske medierPolitiken – den 8. april 2011:‘Dylan turde ikke g S S Mere information om kritikken af Bob DylanThe New York Times – 9 April 2011:‘Blowin’ in the Idiot Wind’“Bob Dylan may have done the impossible: broken creative new ground in […]
  • USA: Singer discriminated by anti-discrimination group

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Singer discriminated by anti-discrimination group Syrian-American musician Malek Jandali was disinvited from performing at an anti-discrimination convention because of a pro-freedom song he was due to perform. The organisers, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, soon found themselves in a media storm of criticism, and after days of bad press and just hours before the convention […]
  • Mozambique: Hip-hop artist Azagaia arrested

    NEWS 18 August 2011 Mozambique: Hip-hop artist Azagaia arrested On 30 July 2011, rapper and musician Azagaia was arrested by the Police of Criminal Investigation. The arrest took place a few hours before a concert where Azagaia was going to release a new video called ‘A Minha Geração’ (‘My Generation’), containing harsh criticism towards the […]
  • India: Authorities close tv channel for broadcasting vulgar music videos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Authorities close tv channel for broadcasting vulgar music videos The Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry has closed SS Music, a multi-lingual music channel, for seven days for showing nudity. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has prohibited the transmission or re-transmission of SS Music on any platform throughout India with effect from midnight on […]
  • Angola

    ANGOLA
  • Syria: Danish pop singer interrogated by secret service

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Danish pop singer interrogated by secret service Mazen Ismail, a 25-year-old Danish pop singer and a student at the University of Damascus studying Arabic as an exchange student in Syria, was picked up by armed guard and interrogated by the Syrian secret service, reported the Danish newspaper BT During a three-hour interrogation, […]
  • The Nordic countries: Academic network for reseaching music censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The Nordic countries: Academic network for reseaching music censorship Over 40 professors, university researchers and students from the Nordic countries have established a network to provide an informed knowledge of the role of culture and music in a global world, and of the practices which cause restrictions and silencing of targeted musicians. The […]
  • Kazakhstan

    KAZAKHSTAN Meet the banned! Freemuse conference session on music censorship in Turkey, with Şanar Yurdatapan, Turkey (artist, human rights activist) and Ferhat Tun
  • Somalia: Radio station wins award from Reporters without Borders

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Radio station wins award from Reporters without Borders On 9 December 2010 the press freedom advocacy organisation Reporters without Borders awarded the Somali radio station Radio Shabelle with the 2010 Media of the Year prize. Radio Shabelle defied the deadly addicts of Islamists of not to air songs and music by re-starting […]
  • Armenia

    ARMENIA
  • Burkina Faso: Reggae singer banned for stirring up youth revolt

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burkina Faso: Reggae singer banned for stirring up youth revolt The singer, radio programme director and radio host Sams’K Le Jah (real name: Sama Karim) who hosted a weekly reggae show on Ouaga FM has been denied access to the radio because of a song he wrote — and broadcasted — about the […]
  • Russia: Minister to censor online music of the youth

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia: Minister to censor online music of the youth Russia’s Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev wants to stop young people from listening to music which, according to the minister, undermines traditional values and leads to cultural decay. “They have forgotten the love of old songs, the waltzes , everything that united us, our background […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cameroun: Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga l

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga l Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga blev l Presseomtale i Denmark avisen.dk/sangstjerne-parat-til-at-doe-for-frihed www.u-landsnyt.dk/nyhed/11-04-11/kendt-afrikansk-sanger-l-sladt   Presseomtale i Sverige sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=1012&artikel=4449241 contentisking.squarespace.com/blogg/2011/4/8/det-fria-ordet-i-noter www.kulturskaparna.com/i-shall-close-my-dirty-mouth-only-after-death L Related reading on freemuse.org
  • Libya: Anonymity a growing trend among revolutionary singers

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Libya: Anonymity a growing trend among revolutionary singers Since the 17 February revolution began in Benghazi, new songs by unknown, young singers are being uploaded and distributed almost daily via the Internet. The singers of ‘The Arab Spring’ disregard all copyright-concern and the possibility of establishing a name for themselves from their music-making. […]
  • Cameroon: BBC radio interview with singer Joe la Conscience

    RADIO PROGRAMMES 17 August 2011 Cameroon:Radio interview with singer Joe la Conscience “I am the most banned artist in Cameroon today. The radios are afraid to play my music,” reggae artist Joe la Conscience told BBC in August 2011. “I has been arrested 15 times,” he told BBC Network Africa’s Randy Joe Sa’ah who took […]
  • Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Broadcaster ignores death threats and plays music Somali Islamic extremists have banned music on the airwaves, but the organisers of Somalia’s newest radio station, Bar-Kulan, ignore their death threats and music ban, reported Globe and Mail. Because Bar-Kulan (Somali phrase for “meeting place”) refuses to obey the extremists, its 50 employees of […]
  • Cameroon: Freemuse visits Lapiro in prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Freemuse visits Lapiro in prison After years of international campaigning, Freemuse finally managed to have a personal meeting with the musician Lapiro de Mbanga who has been imprisoned in Cameroon since 2008. Freemuse Programme Officer Martin Buch Larsen recounts that it was an intimidating affair to walk the prison yard of New Bell […]
  • Press release: Music Freedom Day 2011

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day 2011  Songs smuggled out from Burma, Dj returns to Kabul, singer in court room in Cameroon. Choir sings about the Arab revolution… and secret guests in New York. Music Freedom Day is being celebrated in more than 20 countries. The plight of imprisoned musicians Win Maw, from Burma, and […]
  • Algeria: New trial for the murder of singer Matoub

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 the most […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2012: hidtil st

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day 2012:Den hidtil st Planl
  • News 2011

    NEWS 2011 Read more:News 2010
  • Tunesien og Egypten: Musikere i skudlinjen i det arabiske for

    ARTIKEL ##PagePublishedLong## Tunesien og Egypten:Musikere i skudlinjen i det arabiske for Der var musik med i spillet, da folkelige opstande f Andre artikler om samme emne – p “Den egyptiske  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • Freemuse bel

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Danmark / Sverige:Freemuse bel CKU m Related reading on freemuse.org
  • Myanmar/Burma: Zayar Thaw barred from singing at a live concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Zayar Thaw barred from singing at a live concert Zayar Thaw, a famous hip hop singer who was released from prison under an amnesty in May after serving three and a half years of a five-year sentence for his political activities, was barred by Mingla Taung Nyunt township authorities from singing […]
  • South Korea: Ban on North Korean praise music upheld

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: Ban on North Korean praise music upheld The Supreme Court in South Korea has ruled that possessing instrumental music with titles praising communist North Korea is a crime, reported Radio New Zealand. Read the full story here: Radio New Zealand – 08 November 2010:‘Banned: music with titles praising North Korea’ Related […]
  • Egypt and Tunisia: The artistic revolution in the Middle East

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt and Tunisia:The artistic revolution in the Middle East “This was a very artistic revolution,” Noor Ayman Nour, son of a famous dissident Egyptian politician and founder of the Egyptian metal band Bliss, told Andy Morgan — a writer, journalist, researcher and event programmer with a background in the music industry who has […]
  • Saudi Arabia: Ministry bans music and dancing in schools

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Saudi Arabia:Ministry bans music and dancing in schools Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education issued on 9 June 2010 a circular to all schools in the kingdom ordering that no music or dancing be allowed during upcoming graduation celebrations, reported Muhammad Al-Sulami of Arab News on 10 June 2010. Graduation celebrations, the circular added, are […]
  • Niger

    NIGER
  • Pakistan: Threats from the Taliban sends sarod player into exile

    NEWS 22 August 2011 Pakistan: Threats from the Taliban sends sarod player into exile Asad Qazalbash, Pakistan’s only accomplished sarod player, has left the country due to a declaration by the Pakistani Taliban that music is un-Islamic, wrote blogger Mohammad Shehzad on 10 August 2011. Asad Qazalbash who was living and working as a musician […]
  • Pakistan: Musicians and artists are returning to Swat Valley

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Musicians and artists are returning to Swat Valley After a military operation against the religious extremists, artists are now returning back to Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, reported The Express Tribune. Fazal Khaliq wrote for The Express Tribune: “The Swat valley, once famous site for shooting local Pashto dramas and video songs, […]
  • Syria: Kurdish singer Bave Selah released

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Kurdish singer Bave Selah released Bavê Selah was released on 5 March 2011, according to Gemyakurda.net. ‘Abd al-Rahman Mohammed ‘Omar, also spelled Abdulrahman Omer, and known by his artist name Bavê Selah, has received phone calls from many friends asking how he is. According to Gemyakurda.net he is fine, and he thanks […]
  • Sweden: Hip-hop performances cancelled because of controversial lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Hip-hop performances cancelled because of controversial lyrics The hip-hop group Labyrint from Uppsala was stopped from performing in Växjö and Värnamo after a notice from police authorities saying their lyrics glorify drugs. Labyrint was scheduled to perform in a youth club in Växjö. But when police drew the attention of the Municipality […]
  • Syria: Protest singer Ibrahim Kashoush had his throat cut

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria:Protest singer Ibrahim Kashoush had his throat cut “One of many grim videos to emerge from the Syrian city of Hama purported to show the body of protester Ibrahim Kashoush after his throat had been cut by the security forces,” reported the British newspaper The Guardian on 5 July 2011 at 4:41 PM. […]
  • Morocco: Rapper allegedly set up and arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## “Free Lhaqed or arrest us all!” states the writing on the t-shirts of these four protesters photographed at a demonstration on 11 September 2011 Photo: from Lhaqed’s support group on Facebook Morocco: Rapper allegedly set up and arrestedThe journalist and political activist Ghassan Waïl, who lives in Casablanca, reported that the rapper Mouad […]
  • Tunisia: Rapper allegedly arrested and released

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia: Rapper allegedly arrested and released Freemuse has sent a letter to the Tunisian Ministry of Culture requesting information about the reported arrest of the Tunisian rapper Hamada Ben-Amor, also known as El General. According to several news media the 21-year-old rapper was arrested on Thursday 6 January 2011 in Sfax for releasing […]
  • Syria: Musicians call for outright revolution

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Musicians call for outright revolution The lyrics to the latest underground anthem of the Syrian uprising are bold and could galvanize a movement that has spread in fits, wrote Los Angeles Times on 5 April 2011 “Statement number one / the Syrian people are revolting…” The song ‘Biyan raqam wahid’ (‘Communique No […]
  • Savage Rose-forsanger skriver st

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Danmark / Tyrkiet: Savage Rose-forsanger skriver st “Jeg er rystet over, hvad der sker i Tyrkiet. Jeg ser mine venner og musikvenner blive anholdt i en verden, hvor musikken skulle spille og sangene flyve.” S ArtiklerNûdem.dk – 16 May 2011:‘Savage Rose har skrevet et brev til N Related reading on freemuse.org
  • Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Death threats to DJ for Facebook debate about gender issues A seemingly uncontroversial post on the Facebook profile of the club and concert hall Slakthuset in Stockholm resulted in death threats against DJ Tova Wellton. “Book more women, please” said Tova Wellton’s Facebook post to Slakthuset that ended in a heated debate […]
  • Darg Team

    DARG TEAM(Palestine) ##PagePublishedLong## Rappers Fadi and Bess speak about freedom of expression in Palestine Freemuse interview with two members of the hip-hop group Darg Team from Gaza Town — about their experiences with censorship because they use their music to communicate critical and political messages, and about the negative image hip-hop has in Gaza because […]
  • China: 18th-century German opera censored in Beijing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: 18th-century German opera censored in Beijing Zhang Huan’s production of the Handel opera ‘Semele’ concerned Chinese censors. The officials insisted on a number of changes. “As any artist or performer in China knows, it is impossible to predict what will set off the mercurial culture censors who have sweeping power over the […]
  • Niger: Playing his music he was risking his life

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Niger: Playing his music he was risking his life It has only been since the peace treaties of late 2009 that it has been safe for musicians from Niger to return from exile and perform their music inside the country borders. In a review of a new album by Group Doueh from Niger, […]
  • Egypt: State broadcaster allegedly banned songs of Hany Shaker

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: State broadcaster allegedly banned songs of Hany Shaker Two of the famous Egyptian singer Hany Shaker’s latest songs, ‘Eid Wahda’ and ‘Sout El Shohy’, allegedly have been banned from broadcasting by the country’s public service radio and tv channels, reported Ahram Online on 15 August 2011 “In spite of the Egyptian State […]
  • C

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## C Two musicians, Fadal Dey and Lago Paulin, alleged on 22 May 2010 that Côte d’Ivoire’s national television station has refused to air their popular music because it contains social and political commentary. The newspaper L’Expression quotes musicians Fadal Dey and Lago Paulin as saying that their ‘subversive’ music is seen as critical […]
  • South Korea: Music and oppression in Korea in the 1970s

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea:Music and oppression in Korea in the 1970s “In the history of Korean music, the 1970s was the darkest era. So many songs were banned, and so many musicians had to give up music,” writes Kim Seon-joo in a column in The Hankyoreh where he describes the era in the background of […]
  • Cameroun: Premi

    INTERVIEW VIDEO ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:Première interview avec Lapiro après la libération de prison Le chanteur Lapiro de Mbanga a été interviewé sur le 8 mai 2011. C’est le première en video depuis son liberation de prison à Douala le 8 avril, après trois ans d’emprisonnement. Interview par Freemuse Gestionnaire de Programme, Ole Reitov        Cameroun In English […]
  • ذبح ابراهيم القاشوش، مغني الثورة السوريّ?

    NEWS 07 July 2011 ذبح ابراهيم القاشوش، مغني الثورة السوريّة في حماة بحسب جريدة الغارديان البريطانيّة الصادرة في 5 تمّوز: “أظهر أحد الفيديوهات الآتية من مدينة حماة السوريّة جثّة المتظاهر ابراهيم القاشوش بعد ذبح حنجرته من قبل قوات الأمن” بزغ نجم ابراهيم القاشوش مؤخراً في ساحة اعتصام مدينة حماة، بعد أن انتشرت فيديوهات يردّد فيها […]
  • USA: Controversy over album cover with photo of World Trade Center attack

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Controversy over album cover with photo of World Trade Center attack The cover of Steve Reich’s new album ‘WTC 9/11’ stirred up such controversy that he asked the publishing company, Nonesuch, to withdraw the image. Nonesuch complied. When advance publicity unveiled the cover art in early August 2011, a month before the […]
  • Hungary: Radio station receives censorship notice for broadcasting rap song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Hungary: Radio station receives censorship notice for broadcasting rap song Hungary’s newly established media authority has opened an inquiry into a small private radio station, Tilos, for broadcasting the song ‘Warning, it’s on’ by US rapper Ice-T, Agence France-Presse reported on 1 January 2011. Hungary’s new legislation came into force on 1 January […]
  • El G

    EL GENERAL
  • Mexico: Bomb attack on singer El Coyote and his band

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico:Bomb attack on singer El Coyote and his band During a concert on 20 March 2011 by grupera singer El Coyote (real name: Jose Angel Ledezma) and his band Tierra Santa in the western state of Nayarit, someone in the audience hurled an explosive device on stage that wounded three musicians. The injured […]
  • Iran: Government bans famous Ramadan singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Government bans famous Ramadan singer The 70-year-old singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian’s beloved Ramadan song ‘Rabbana’ is banned by the Iranian authorities, reported Karen Zarindast from Iran in a video clip for the BBC. In August 2010, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reported the same, but at that time the Iranian state television official […]
  • Darg Team

    DARG TEAM
  • Turkmenistan: Popular singers sentenced to two years in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Turkmenistan: Popular singers sentenced to two years in prison Two popular Turkmen singers and rock musicians have been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, reported Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights. The following is a newsletter from the Austrian-based human rights organisation: According to the family members, the case of a young singer Maksat Kakabayev (also spelled: Kakabaev – […]
  • Radio Without Borders: Listen to the Banned

    RADIO PROGRAMMES 10 November 2010 USA: Radio Without Borders: ‘Listen to the banned’ Here on Earth — Radio Without Borders, a one-hour live weekday global cultural affairs programme on Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasted a special feature programme about the album ‘Listen to the banned’ on 10 November 2010. Guests: * Deeyah, singer, musician, human rights […]
  • USA: Jazz musician suspected as terrorist because of his Arabic name

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Jazz musician suspected as terrorist because of his Arabic name An American jazz pianist’s Arabic-sounding name allegedly made over-zealous US officials suspect a link between his payment for a performance in Europe and possible terrorist activities. The pianist Ahmad Jamal is reported by a Swiss newspaper to have been prevented from collecting his […]
  • Algeria: Death threats did not silence rapper Solo Montana

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Algeria: Death threats did not silence rapper Solo Montana In 2008, the young Algerian rapper Solo Montana stopped performing, left Algeria and took refuge in Canada after he had received death threats against his family in the end of 2007 because of his song-writing. Solo Montana also suffered several incidents of harassment following […]
  • China: Jeroen De Kloet traces the politics of rock in China

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## China:The politics of rock in China Dutch researcher Jeroen De Kloet traces the politics of rock music in China, which he says is both rebellious and compliant. He explains about ‘Dakou’ which stands for far more than just CDs that infringe copyright legislation; it stands for a lifestyle very much in vogue among […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro receives award on Music Freedom Day

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Lapiro receives award on Music Freedom Day Singer Lapiro de Mbanga finally received his ‘Freedom To Create Award’ when Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed it over to him on Music Freedom Day 2011. Lapiro de Mbanga with the Freedom to Create prize. It was handed over to him by Freemuse Programme Officer […]
  • Press release: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on […]
  • Algeria: Loun

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 will […]
  • Tunisia: Released rapper free to perform

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia: Released rapper free to perform Hamada Ben-Amor, the artist who gave voice to the anger that spilled into protests that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, is now courted by music houses and making videos in plain sight. Hamada Ben-Amor, who shot to Internet fame with his rap song “President”, a dig […]
  • Hamada Ben-Amor

    HAMADA BEN-AMOR (El General)
  • Pakistan: CD markets bombed – once again

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: CD markets bombed — once again The bombings of CD markets in Chato Chowk Mardan and Umarzai Charsadda in beginning of February 2011 suggests that militants are once again threatening the entertainment industry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province as well as elsewhere in Pakistan, reported Central Asia Online. A 2007-2008 wave of CD […]
  • South Korea: In the past two years 2,607 songs have been banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: In the past two years 2,607 songs have been banned The South Korean Ministry of Gender Equality & Family has caused distress amongst fans in recent months for a series of bans they’ve made on songs they considered ‘hazardous media’ to the youth. In this context, a representative clarified that a […]
  • Generation Wave

    GENERATION WAVE
  • Egypt and the Middle East: The musicians are taking incredible risks

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## The Middle East: The musicians are taking incredible risks “As we all enjoy the stories of how music has become a potent weapon in the struggles for freedom across the Arab world, let’s bear in mind that the situation could change for the worse,” writes author Mark LeVine in this personal commentary based […]

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