• 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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  • 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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    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 […]
  • Ramy Essam

    RAMY ESSAM
  • Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detention

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detentionMoroccan rapper El Haked is still kept in detention, waiting for the judge to set a date for his trial. Freemuse has previously reported about El Haked’s arrest in Casablanca on 9 September 2011. The rapper is accused of physically attacking and injuring somebody in a scuffle, but […]
  • Pakistan: Four CD shops destroyed in explosion

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Four CD shops destroyed in explosion Four music shops were completely destroyed after an explosion in a market in the Takhtbhai district situated in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province, reported Pakistan Press Foundation via IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange. 21 other businesses were partially damaged along with the four CD shops. The […]
  • Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police The sentencing of a rapper on 11 May 2012 to one year in prison for “insulting the police” shows the gap between the strong free-expression language in Morocco’s 2011 constitution and the continuing intolerance for those who criticize state institutions, Human Rights Watch […]
  • Pakistan: Bomb blast destroys music and video market in Peshawar

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Bomb blast destroys music and video market in Peshawar Six people were killed and over 37 injured in a bomb explosion on Monday 19 September 2011 that targeted a music and video CD market in Peshawar, reported Pakistan Press Foundation and other news agencies. After a couple of years where the terrorists […]
  • Iran: Musicians are losing hope

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Musicians are losing hope While on tour in the US, members of the Iranian electronic rock band The Casualty Process spoke with Jamie Kim about being censored and suppressed by Iranian religious authorities, and expressed what their participation in the Impossible Music Sessions in New York had meant to them. In a question-and-answer […]
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    DARKO C(Myanmar / Burma) 13 January 2012 Censorship boundaries in Burma unclear and unpredictable As authorities in Burma are loosening censorship controls over media and the arts, musicians in Rangoon are excited by their newfound freedom. But they remain unsure of the new limits, reported Voice of America on 12 January 2012. “They have reduced […]
  • Kuwait: BBC reports how musicians in Kuwait struggle with censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kuwait: BBC reports how musicians in Kuwait struggle with censorship Video report by Howard Johnson, BBC While the music industry in the Gulf is a lucrative one, government censors are proving a big barrier to commercial success for some artists. In February 2012, Virgin Megastore, the region’s biggest music retailer, closed its flagship […]
  • Freemuse Award 2011

    NEWS 25 October 2011 Freemuse: 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 eight […]
  • Freemuse Award 2011: Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm

    NEWS 21 November 2011 Sweden: 2011 Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm Award ceremony from SKAP. On 21 November 2011 the Egyptian singer Ramy Essam received the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. “My dream is to spread the voice of Egypt all over the world. Thank […]
  • Lhaqed – المغرب: ينبغي إسقاط التهم عن مغني الراب ال

    NEWS – أخبار 18 April 2012   المغرب: ينبغي إسقاط التهم عن مغني الراب المعتقل إنفاذ قوانين قمع حرية التعبير على الرغم من دستور داعم للحقوق (الدار البيضاء، 18 أبريل/نيسان 2012) – قالت هيومن رايتس ووتش اليوم إنه ينبغي على السلطات المغربية إسقاط التهم والإفراج عن مغني الراب الذي أمضى ثلاثة أسابيع رهن الاعتقال الاحتياطي […]
  • Syria: 35 top artists reported to have left the country

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: 35 top artists reported to have left the country Within just three months, 35 artists from the first row of stars in Syria have decided to move to recidences outside of the country, reported SyrianRevolution.org on 24 October 2011. According to a press statement from the Syrian Association of Artists, this is […]
  • Indonesia: Punk concert raided by the police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Indonesia: Punk concert raided by the police Police in the Aceh province raided a punk concert, detaining 65 punk fans – shaving the young men’s heads and cutting the women’s hair, stripping away their body piercings and throwing them in pools of water for “spiritual cleansing”. After the bath and change of clothes, […]
  • Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests In the lead up to Senegal’s controversial presidential elections on 25 March 2012, musicians are at the forefront of a campaign to stop president Abdoulaye Wade from running for a third term. While outspoken and engaged musicians have suffered threats, attacks and arrests, an increasing number […]
  • China: Tibetan singer arrested and taken to unknown location

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China:Tibetan singer arrested and taken to unknown location Fear for the safety of Tibetan singer Lo Lo who was arrested on 19 April 2012 and whose whereabouts and fate since then are unclear. According to the information received, the 29-year-old singer Lo Lo was arrested in Yushu region of eastern Tibet on 19 […]
  • US visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA: Visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts An American festival had to cancel two shows and two workshops by international artists due to visa problems and alleged embassy discrimination. Alleged embassy discrimination forced Somali born singer Aar Maanta and his band to cancel a concert performance, as […]
  • The Casualty Process

    THE CASUALTY PROCESS
  • Pakistan: Punjab Assembly bans concerts in educational institutions

    NEWS 25 January 2012 Pakistan: Punjab Assembly bans concerts in educational institutions On 24 January 2012 the Punjab Assembly in Lahore passed a resolution that bans holding of ‘objectionable’ musical concerts in all public and private educational institutions of the province with 90 million people. This move came two weeks after three students were killed in […]
  • 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 […]
  • Tibet/China: Young Tibetan singer arrested by Chinese authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China/Tibet: Young Tibetan singer arrested by Chinese authorities The singer Hortsang Lhalung Tso was detained by the socalled Public Security Bureau in Tsoe-town of Sangchu county in the Amdho region of eastern Tibet, reported YC. Dhardhowa in The Tibet Post International. Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from Drepung monastery based in South India, told […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize Burma’s famous musician and human rights activist Win Maw received the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize in absentia. Launched in 2008, the Freedom to Create Prize is a celebration of the courage and creativity of artists, and the […]
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    AZERBAIJAN NORWAY
  • Morocco: Drop charges against detained rapper

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: One year prison sentence for rapper who criticized police Repressive speech laws enforced despite rights-friendly constitution. Statement and report from Casablanca by Human Rights Watch Moroccan authorities should drop charges and release a rapper who has spent three weeks in pretrial detention on charges that he insulted the police in his […]
  • Bahrain: Freemuse appeal: Stop persecution of artists

    NEWS 26 October 2011 Bahrain: Freemuse appeal: Stop persecution of artists In a letter to the Bahraini Minister of Culture, Freemuse has protested against the sacking of cultural workers and artists following the popular uprisings in the country in March 2011, which further led to the conviction of hundreds of intellectuals and cultural workers in […]
  • Morocco: Surprise hearing of Mouad El Haked

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Surprise hearing of Mouad El Haked After being held in custody for three months, the court in Casablanca opened the case of El Haked on 6 December – without informing his lawyers, or his family. One of the rapper’s lawyers is quoted on the support web page: “I was surprised when the […]
  • Somalia: New stage for music and threatre in Mogadishu

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: New stage for music and threatre in Mogadishu On 19 March 2012, live music sounded in Mogashu, Somalia’s capital, when the country’s national theatre was reopened. The Somali National Theatre closed in the early 1990s when civil war broke out. Now, for an audience of around 1,000 people, the reopening of the […]
  • Cheb Hasni – الشاب حسني: ذاكرة الرومانسية العربية

    NEWS فريميوز ##PagePublishedLong## الشاب حسني: ذاكرة الرومانسية العربية   سعيد خطيبي رغم مرور سبعة عشرة سنة على رحيل أمير أغنية الراي العاطفية الشاب حسني، إلا أن ذكرى الرجل وأعماله الفنية ما تزال تشكل جزءا لا يتجزأ من يوميات الجزائريين.. الأربعاء 28 سبتمبر 1994، في حدود الساعة السابعة مساء.. التقى الشاب حسني، بالقرب من بوابة المحطة […]
  • Uzbekistan: Official ban on use of religious themes in art

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Uzbekistan:Official ban on use of religious themes in art The Uzbek national security service (SNB) has issued a strict warning to the country’s leading artists against using religious themes in their work, reported Uznews.net. The warning was issued at a special conference held at the end of October at the Tashkent Academy Theatre. […]
  • Egypt: Stopped performing “in a kind of limbo”

    NEWS 25 January 2012 Egypt: Band stopped performing “in a kind of limbo” The Egyptian band Sandouk Eldonia stopped playing their political songs after the revolution broke out. “Before we have come further in Egypt, we cannot make art,” told lead singer Omar Essam to the Danish newspaper Information. The idea that the word is […]
  • Malaysia: Committee to evaluate whether song should be banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia: Committee to evaluate whether song should be banned The Malaysian song ‘Bawaku Pergi’, which is sung by Kaka and actor-comedian Zizan, was suggested to be banned because it contains lyrics which could encourage young people to run away from home. The minister of culture wants to give it a second thought. The […]
  • Libya: Musicians for the first time on national radio

    RADIO REPORT 11 October 2011 Libya: Musicians for the first time on national radio Three weeks earlier, guitarist Fuad Ramadan could have been arrested for performing most of his songs in public. Now he is for the first time invited to perform live on national radio, reported the American public service radio NPR Musicians and other […]
  • Ramy Essam

    RAMY ESSAM(Egypt) 24 November 2011 Ramy Essam comments on music censorship in Egypt. This interview with Ramy Essam was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 November 2011. 18 days at the Tahrir Square in February 2011 catapulted singer and guitarist Ramy Essam to fame. All of a sudden, he was on CCN, BBC, […]
  • Venezulea: Reggae singer Onechot shot in the head

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Venezulea: Reggae singer Onechot shot in the head On the night of 27 February 2012, on returning to pick up some of his recorded material, the reggae singer Onechot (real name: Juan David Chacón) was attacked by a group of criminals who shot him, wounding him in the head, reported Global Voices. The […]
  • Sweden: Concerts with Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 few hours […]
  • Spain: Sixth festival against censorship in northern Spain

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Spain: Sixth festival against censorship in northern Spain Tuareg musicians, exiled Sierra Leonean musicians, a Malaysian cartoonist, a Cuban blogger, a Zimbabwean visual artists, and many more, are heading for Bilbao in Spain in the second week of November 2011 to attend the annual Festival against Censorship, ‘Zentsura At!’       Front […]
  • Mauritania: Rap artist injured by grenade

    NEWS 16 December 2011 Mauritania: Rap artist injured by grenade The newspaper Alakbar reports that rap artist Abou Fall, aka Abou Ngabou, was injured by a grenade during a protest march organized by the organization “Touche Pas A Ma Nationalité”. The grenade was thrown by the police when they tried to disperse the crowd. The […]
  • Zimbabwe: Platform for free artistic expression awarded

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

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: Meeting in December about global network for artistic freedom of expression Artistic freedom must be protected. In collaboration with Danish Pen, Freemuse is in the process of inviting key international artists’ organisations to Copenhagen with the aim of creating a global network for the protection of artistic freedom of expression. “We are […]
  • Iran: New music censorship law

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:New music censorship law Mohammad Mirzamani, the General Director of the Music Office in the Ministry of Culture in Tehran, told that a new music censorship law is being prepared by the ministry concerning how to receive permission for performing a concert or publishing a music album. According to the new censorship law, […]
  • Sweden: What do Swedish music associations do for freedom of speech?

    COMMENTARY ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: What do Swedish music associations do for freedom of speech? In this commentary, composer and acting chairman of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance, Alfons Karabuda, writes about artistic creators and freedom of expression. The commentary was published in Swedish in his blog on Kultururskaparna.com on 23 November 2010. “I shall close my […]
  • Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd Music Freedom Day was celebrated in a carnival mood in Harare on 3 March 2011 at the Book Café. Over a hundred music hungry punters attended the event organised by leading arts organisations Magamba the Cultural Activist Network and Pamberi Trust. It kicked off […]
  • Press release: SKAP award to Freemuse for its fight against music censorship

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## ##PageSearchDescription## SKAP award to Freemuse for its fight against music censorship The surroundings are splendid when SKAP – the Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers – celebrates its 85th anniversary on Monday 16 May and in addition to presenting annual grants will give a special prize to Freemuse. Stockholm City Hall’s Blue […]
  • Matoub Loun

    Matoub Lounès: Procès et contradictions Saïd Khatibi Le tribunal criminel de Tizi Ouzou (à 100 Km à l’est d’Alger) a enfin condamné les deux auteurs présumés de l’assassinat du chanteur algérien engagé Matoub Lounès à 12 ans de réclusion criminelle couverte par leur détention préventive. Ayant déjà purgé prés de la totalité de la peine, […]
  • Syria: Campaign for singer who has been arrested by security agents

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Campaign for singer arrested by security agents Members of the Syrian security authorities have arrested the Kurdish singer Bavê Selah in his appartment in Aleppo on 24 January 2011, reported Kurdwatch. Amnesty International has started a campaign for his release. The reason for the arrest and Bavê Selah’s current whereabouts remain unknown. […]
  • Senegal: Group of rappers arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Group of rappers arrested The rap group Keur Gui from Kaolack was arrested for organising a “protest road show”. They were released four hours later. “I think that, sadly, this kind of intimidation is pretty standard,” said Freemuse correspondent Rose Skelton, explaining that arrests in Senegal have become standard procedure to anyone who […]
  • Russia: Rock critic faces prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia: Rock critic faces prison The Russian rock critic and cultural commentator Art Troitsky (Artemy Troitsky) is in court facing four lawsuits, including a two-year prison sentence for “criminal slander”, for being too outspoken for modern Kremlin sensibilities. “Having four lawsuits against me and being forced to go to court twice every week […]
  • China: Controversial rap song banned and deleted from websites

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Controversial rap song banned and deleted from websites On 29 May 2011, one day before a planned large-scale Mongolian demonstration in Hohhot, the regional capital of Southern Mongolia, a rap song was banned and removed from all Chinese Internet sites immediately after it was posted, reported The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information […]
  • Generation Wave

    GENERATION WAVE(Burma / Myanmar) ##PagePublishedLong## Generation Wave speak about freedom of expression in Burma Freemuse interview with four members of Generation Wave — a group which is part of an underground political network both inside and outside Burma. 21 members of the group are presently held as political prisoners in Burma. Generation Wave use hip-hop […]
  • Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day “Buying artists to advance some political party’s cause may not be censorship, but more often than not, it will lead to self-censorship, which equally places us on the slippery slope,”writes Mike van Graan, Secretary General of Arterial Network, in his Music Freedom […]
  • Middle East: Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## The Middle East: Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt Hip-hop plays a central role in the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Libya. Rap songs create an important platform for communication creating moral support and encouraging a spirit of resistance and revolt against the regime.  A new music anthology, ‘Khala’s […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro back in court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro back in court Singer Lapiro de Mbanga has filed a case against the Chief Medical Officer of the Douala Central Prison for having denied him access to medical attention while in prison Bisong Etahoben reported from Douala on 18 June 2011 that when the matter came up at the Douala magistrate’s […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes In order to weed out vulgar jokes about government officials and ministries, all Burmese traditional dance troupes who wish to make a video of a performance are required to perform a full-dress rehearsal in front of censorship board officials three days prior to a […]
  • UK: Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers A campaign to remove short-term visiting artists from unnecessary visa bureaucracy nears a policy breakthrough, according to its campaigners – Manifesto Club, English PEN and the Earl of Clancarty. The proposal was outlined in a letter which was published in the […]
  • Pakistan: Music school closed after threats from extremists

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Music school closed after threats from extremists A group of religious extremists threatened Asad Qazilbash, a renowned sarood player in Islamabad, to stop giving lessons and remove the signboard for his music school. Asad Qazilbash was shell-shocked when he learned that his 12-year-old son, while playing in the street with his friends, […]
  • Zimbabwe: Journalists and musicians discussed freedom of expression issues

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

    ARTIKEL ##PagePublishedLong## Hip-hop er soundtrack til ungdomopr Hip-hop spiller en central rolle i opr Andre artikler om samme emneRitzau TV – 26 April 2011:‘Opr  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • Belarus: State radio reportedly bans politically sensitive song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: State radio reportedly bans politically sensitive song State-controlled Belarusian Radio is reported to have banned a 25-year-old song titled ‘Peremen’ (‘Change’) by the rebellious Soviet rock musician Viktor Tsoi after the song has been adopted as a kind of revolutionary anthem by the growing youth protest movement. The lyrics of the song […]
  • Canada: Old Dire Straits hit song deemed unacceptable for broadcast

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:Old Dire Straits hit song deemed unacceptable for broadcast ‘Money for Nothing’, a song by the rock band Dire Straits, was pronounced unfit for Canadian ears after a lone woman in Newfoundland complained about the word faggot in the lyrics. 25 years after the song ‘Money for Nothing’ first took off on the […]
  • Pakistan: Terror campaign by religious militants against Sufi worshippers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Terror campaign by religious militants against Sufi worshippers In the sixteenth attack on Sufi shrines in two years, Taliban suicide bombers killed 49 and injured 93 Sufi devotees at a shrine where they were celebrating the anniversary of its founder’s death with music and meditation. Sufi Muslim devotees are condemned as ‘un-Islamic’ […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Interviews with rapper Thaw after his release from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Interviews with rapper Thaw after his release from prison The Burmese rapper Zayar Thaw is ‘hot news’ after he was released from prison. Two exiled Burmese news agencies have published interviews with him, republished below with their kind permission. Irrawaddy reporter Ko Htwe spoke to Zayar Thaw shortly after his release […]
  • Egypt: BBC radio interview with singer Ramy Essam

    RADIO PROGRAMMES 10 August 2011 Egypt: Radio interview with singer Ramy Essam Listen to BBC’s interview with Ramy Essam, the Egyptian singer-songwriter who became famous for turning protesters chants into catchy songs The 24-year-old singer Ramy Essam was one of the first to stand up on stage on Tahrir Square in January 2011 and directly […]
  • Iran: Iranian authorities inspired by the Nazis?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Iranian authorities inspired by the Nazis? ‘Degenerate music’ (Entartete) was a term used by the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s to describe certain forms of music. The same term is increasingly being adapted by Iranian authorities. According to Tehran-Emrouz, an Iranian daily newspaper, Tehran’s chief of police Hossein Sajedi-Nia has revealed […]
  • Zimbabwe: 2,000 musicians unite in protest on Music Freedom Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:2,000 musicians unite in protest on Music Freedom Day Close to 2,000 music composers in Zimbabwe have resolved to protest non-payment of royalties by ordering the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, to stop playing music for six hours on this year’s Music Freedom Day By Maxwell Sibanda – reporting for Freemuse from […]
  • Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten In February, a young Sudanese hip-hop artist, Ahmad, who asked to be identified only by his first name for security reasons, was detained for 12 days that included beatings by police, reported Alan Boswell for the American McClatchy Newspapers He was arrested for […]
  • Anis Dridi

    ANIS DRIDI(Tunisia) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Anis Dridi comments on music censorship in Tunisia. This interview with Anis Dridi was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Originally trained as a religious singer, Anis Dridi has since moved on to more unconventional genres such as Arab-African fusion, rap and hip hop. […]
  • UK: 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 […]
  • Honduras: Musicians persecuted with death threats and concert closure

    NEWS 10 December 2010 Honduras: Musicians persecuted with death threats and concert closure A midday concert of the band Café Guancasco in downtown San Pedro Sula on 15 September 2010 was attacked by the police and military. The Real News producer Jesse Freeston spoke to Pavel Núñez, lead singer and guitarist for the band. Video […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court On Thursday 17 March 2011, just three weeks before the musician’s planned release from prison, Lapiro’s case was called to the Cameroon Supreme Court for what appeared to be superflous technicalities. Lapiro wtih his lawyers in front of the Supreme Court in Yaounde By Jen […]
  • USA/Cuba: Impossible Music Session 4 – Not appearing: Escuadr

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA / Cuba:‘Impossible Music Session’ no 4 – Not appearing: Escuadrón Patriota Friday 10 June 2011 at 8:00 PM in Pfizer Auditorium in Brooklyn, New York, USA In Cuba, hip-hop artists who uphold “revolutionary” doctrine are supported by the government’s Rap Agency. Those who don’t are barred from state-controlled media and subject to […]
  • Palestine: Dutch street band attacked with tear gas

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Dutch street band attacked with tear gas During their performance in the Palestinian village Kufr Qadum in northern West Bank, the street orchestra Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht (The First Night of Love Brass Band) from the Netherlands was attacked with tear gas by the Israeli army, reported Palestine News Network on […]
  • Libya: Imprisoned Berber musician on hunger strike

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Libya: Imprisoned berber musician on hunger strike Abdullah Ashini, a popular Amazigh singer in Libya, is reported to have started an indifinite hunger strike in his prison cell. In December 2010, he was convicted and given a five-year prison sentence on charges for ‘illegal migration’. The popular Berber singer from the village of […]
  • China: American folk singer agreed to Chinese censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / USA: American folk singer agreed to Chinese censorship The 69-year-old American folk singer Bob Dylan, famous for his songs against injustice and for civil rights, agreed to perform in China only with a heavily censored list of songs — which caused an uproar in his home country. On 6 April 2011, Bob […]
  • Lebanon: American pop song banned by Lebanese radio

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon: American pop song banned by Lebanese radio The American superstar, singer and songwriter Lady Gaga — topping the music charts in 21 countries, presently UK’s most played artist in the radio — has stirred religious controversy for being ‘offensive to Christianity’. The song ‘Judas’ from Lady Gaga’s top-selling new album ‘Born This […]
  • Mongolia

    MONGOLIA
  • USA: Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship

    NEWS 11 November 2010 USA:Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship The Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the banned’ and discussions on the power of music and music censorship was in focus at a one hour live broadcast from Wisconsin’s Public Radio on 10 November 2010. Artist and human rights activist Deeyah and Freemuse […]
  • Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Marie Korpe, Executive Director of Freemuse: Local ownership to the event develops great diversity of innovative events Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returned to Kabul, music was smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed over a much awaited award. Lapiro de Mbanga with the Freedom to […]
  • Pınar Sağ

    PINAR SAG
  • Mehdi R2M

    MEHDI R2M(Tunisia) ##PagePublishedLong## Musician Mehdi R2M comments on music censorship in Tunisia. This interview with Mehdi R2M was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Deriving from a family of music lovers, Mehdi R2M brings together the best of rap, RnB and Ragga. He is now an established name in […]
  • Iran: How they rocked in Tehran before the revolution

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: How they rocked in Tehran before the revolution “The sun is not going to stay behind the clouds forever,” said Kaveh, a musician in Vancouver, Canada, who is the son of an Iranian guitar hero of the 1970’s, Kourosh, in an interview with Los Angeles Times. In her article about music in […]

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