• 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 […]
  • Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher

    NEWS 03 October 2011 Germany: Norwegian band censored by German publisher When the Norwegian band Honningbarna wanted to release their debut album in Germany they were told by their publisher to leave the song ‘Free Palestine’ out. German fans of Honningbarna will have one song less than the Norwegian fans when the album ‘La alarmane […]
  • Tibet/China: How singers sidestep an oppressive law

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet: How singers sidestep an oppressive law In a review of a concert by three Tibetan musicians performing in London, Samuel Ivor describes how hidden messages are conveyed in the Tibetan folk music: “In Tibet, due to the rule of Chinese law which bans the use of naming His Holiness the […]
  • Tunisia: The rapper Volcanis arrested on drug charges

    NEWS 30 January 2012 Tunisia:The rapper Volcanis arrested on drug charges On 25 January 2012, four-six security agents handcuffed and arrested the Tunisian rapper Vôlcànis, allegedly after having asked him if he was the composer of the song ‘Matbadal Sheia’ (‘Nothing Has Changed’). On youtube.com, ‘Elwazirlibre’ wrote on 26 January 2012 that the police ransacked […]
  • South Korea: Teenagers prohibited from attending American pop concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea: Teenagers prohibited from attending American pop singer’s concert American pop singer Lady Gaga’s upcoming Seoul concert has been restricted to over-18s by the Korea Media Rating Board, as the Gender Ministry considers one of her songs, ‘Just Dance’ which is to be performed at the show, as “inappropriate” for minors, reported […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Authorities release political detainees in an amnesty

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Authorities release political detainees in an amnesty The popular satirist Zarganar is among dozens of political prisoners who have been released on 12 October 2011 as part of a wider amnesty. There is still no news about the musician Win Maw, who is sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment. Around 70 […]
  • Belarus: Concerts cancelled with short notice

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Concerts cancelled with short notice A concert with Zmicier Vajcjushkevych (also spelled: Vaitsyushkevich) at the café Mistral in Minsk was cancelled just three hours before it was supposed to have started in the evening of 22 November 2011. The music portal Tuzina Hits quoted the singer as saying: “Again it was a call […]
  • Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Conductor kidnapped by drug cartel In July 2011, a successful Mexican musician residing in Germany was abducted by gunmen while on holiday in northern Mexico. 36-year-old Rodolfo Cazares is a Mexican pianist and symphony conductor, leader of the Bremerhaven city orchestra in Germany. While visiting his parents in northern Mexico, Rodolfo Cazares […]
  • Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad prosecuted for his songs

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: Singer Arya Aramnejad prosecuted for his songs Freemuse has received information that Iranian authorities started new prosecution against the popular 28-year-old Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad, who was recently released after his second term in prison. The singer has allegedly received information that he has been given a one-year prison sentence. Security […]
  • Belarus: Prosecutor wants singer prosecuted for insulting the president

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus:Prosecutor wants singer prosecuted for insulting the president Singer Sergej Michalok is reportedly going to be sued by a Belarusian prosecutor for his remarks against president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, wrote Ingo Petz in an article for the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 31 October 2011. In mid-October a Minsk prosecutor announced that […]
  • Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper Several web sites has published a call for immediate release of rapper & pro-democracy activist Mouad « L7a9d » Belghouate: “December 20, 2011 On September the 9th, 2011 Mouad Belghouate, 24, aka « L7a9d », rap artist, was arrested on charges of assault and battery on […]
  • Mexico: Popular music group banned in Chihuahua

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mexico: Popular music group banned in Chihuahua Authorities in the capital of Mexico’s most violent state, Chihuahua, which lies on the U.S. border, has banned the popular group Los Tigres del Norte from performing in the city after the band sang ballads glorifying drug traffickers during their concerts. “The musical group will not […]
  • Cuba: Singer Pablo Milan

    NEWS 03 October 2011 Cuba: Singer allegedly banned from public broadcasting Songs of the famous Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés have been banned on Cubas nationwide network of radio stations from 26 September 2011, reported Café Fuerte. Pablo Milanes has been a symbol of Cuban revolutionary culture for decades, but he now seems to have ended […]
  • Pakistan: Freemuse network will document attacks on musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Freemuse network will document attacks on musicians At a two day workshop held in Islamabad 12-13 November a Pakistani network was set up in support of musicians and composers at risk. During the past years several artists have been abducted, killed and persecuted in Pakistan. Hundreds of CD shops have been bombed, […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • El G

    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 […]
  • Azer Cirttan

    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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Mongolia

    MONGOLIA
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • UK / Scotland: Offensive football songs criminalised

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

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Silent airwaves – This is the sound of censorship The music died in Somalia when, on 14 April 2010, radio stations in the country’s capital Mogadishu were ordered to cease playing all music. In a nation under a government that has already banned wearing bras, musical ringtones and in some areas made […]
  • Pakistan: Anti-music militancy increases in the north-western mountain region

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Anti-music militancy increases in north-western mountain area Militants groups are targeting music, films and everything else they see as obscene, and the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (previously known as the North-West Frontier Province) is deteriorating, reported Hanan Habibzai from Peshawar on 11 March 2011. Music shops in Peshawar are struggling to stay […]
  • Syria: 29-year-old musician arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria:29-year-old musician arrested Musician and composer Wael Adham Alkak, 29, is reported to have been arrested by Syrian authorities on 10 May 2011 at 9 PM at the Syrian-Lebanese border. He has since then been held incommunicado at an unknown location. According to Freemuse’s source, Wael Adham Alkak was arrested by the Syrian Secret Intelligence […]
  • Algeria: Tunesian singer expelled and banned by Algerian authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Algeria: Tunesian singer expelled and banned by Algerian authorities “After the two concerts in Algiers and Bejaia, the Algerian authorities have expelled me and banned me from reentering Algerian territory,” wrote the singer Bendir Man on his Facebook profile on 14 August 2011. Bendir Man performed two concerts in a row in Algeria […]
  • Libya

    LIBYA
  • Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from prison

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from 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 Friday afternoon to […]
  • Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Forbids punk-rock band from touring in Europe Authorities in Cuba forbids three members of Porno Para Ricardo from performing at the United Islands music festival in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, on 25 June 2011 It would have been their first concert performance in Europe. But although the Czech organisers as […]
  • USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics A 1,000-student college in Indiana State has banned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at all sporting events because the school’s president considers the US national anthem’s lyrics to be too violent and glorifying war. On 26 August 2011 NBC Sports reported that Tiny Goshen College — […]
  • Sweden: Music associations should engage in freedom of speech

    NEWS 17 November 2010 Sweden: Music associations should engage in freedom of speech for musicians When the daily music programme ‘Mitt I musiken’ on Swedish national radio interviewed several representatives of musicians’ associations and asked them about their lack of interest in freedom of speech issues, the message was clear: “It is about time that […]
  • Belarus: List of banned actors and musicians published

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Belarus: List of banned actors and musicians published Belarusian, Russian and British bands, among them NRM, Neuro Dubel, and the pop-duo Pet Shop Boys, and many other artists, have been put on a “blacklist” of artists banned in Belarus state media, according to bloggers who published a scanning of the list. A list […]
  • China: Rock musician arrested in airport

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Rock musician arrested in airport The Chinese rock musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou was detained for over 12 hours by police in Shanghai’s airport, a Hong Kong-based rights group said on 28 April 2011. Zuoxiao Zuzhou (real name: Wu Hongjin) had publicly expressed his support for the detained artist and rights campaigner Ai Weiwei […]
  • Danmarks kulturminister: Kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed skal beskyttes

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Danmark: Kulturminister: Kunstnerisk ytringsfrihed skal beskyttes Kulturminister Per Stig M MedieomtalePolitiken – 29. juni 2011:‘Nyt initiativ s Artikler p
  • Lebanon: Brief arrest of singer Zeid Hamdan caused uproar

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon: Brief arrest of singer Zeid Hamdan caused uproar The arrest of the singer and composer Zeid Hamdan, a well-known figure of the Beirut underground music scene, for defamation over a song he wrote in 2008 about the country’s president caused ‘Internet shock waves’ both nationally and internationally. He was released seven hours […]
  • Pakistan: Singer kidnapped by religious militants

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Singer kidnapped by religious militants On 26 November 2010, unidentified militants kidnapped Musharraf Bengash, a Pashtun singer from the Mir Ali area in North Waziristan. Later, a jirga negotiated his release, reported Shaheen Buneri from Radio Mashaal. Musharraf Bengash sings mainly of rural themes, with his music embodying a nationalistic zeal. Shaheen […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2012 – main page

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 This page was last updated on ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day celebrates freedom of musical expression worldwide Join! Freemuse invites musicians, music clubs, cultural institutions, broadcasters and media workers to join the annual Music Freedom Day on Saturday 3 March 2012. Musicians and composers rights to freedom of expression are violated worldwide. […]
  • Brazil: Mayor bans rap music

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

    HONDURAS
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Kazakhstan

    KAZAKHSTAN Meet the banned! Freemuse conference session on music censorship in Turkey, with Şanar Yurdatapan, Turkey (artist, human rights activist) and Ferhat Tun
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2012: hidtil st

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day 2012:Den hidtil st Planl
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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
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    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Danmark / Sverige:Freemuse bel CKU m Related reading on freemuse.org
  • 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 […]
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]

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