• Libya: Anonymity a growing trend among revolutionary singers

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

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

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

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

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Algeria: New trial for the murder of singer Matoub A trial about the murder of the singer Lounès Matoub on 25 June 1998 is scheduled to open on 18 July 2011 in the criminal court in Tizi Ouzou. Lounès Matoub (often credited as Matoub Lounès in French sources) was one of the most […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2012: hidtil st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Tunisia:Freemuse receives international award The International Music Council (IMC) has awarded Freemuse the IMC Inaugural Musical Rights Award for its “courageous global programme advocating freedom of musical expression for creators and performers of music.” The award was presented during the ‘3rd IMC World Forum on Music’ which is currently taking place in Tunisia. […]
  • Egypt: Music officials banned British rock star from performing

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Music officials banned British rock star from performing Egyptian music officials have banned Elton John from performing in Egypt at a private event later this month because of his recent comments that Jesus was gay. The German news agency DPA quoted Mounir al-Wasimi, the head of Egypt’s Musician Union, as saying that […]
  • Somalia: Al-Shabaab bans music like the Taliban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia:Al-Shabaab bans music like the Taliban Somalia is starting to resemble Afghanistan under the Taliban, where hard-line Islamist militia bans music and movies and forbids the public from watching sports on tv, reported the Associated Press. Events in the past years in the failed state of Somalia indicate that Islamist groups like Al-Shabaab […]
  • Western Sahara: Aziza Brahim shortlisted for Freedom to Create Prize

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Western Sahara / United Kingdom: Aziza Brahim shortlisted for Freedom to Create Prize Western Saharan singer and musician Aziza Brahim, who recently performed at WOMEX in Copenhagen and this year’s Lovebox Weekender in United Kingdom, is shortlisted for the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize, in the Main Prize category. Aziza Brahim will perform […]
  • Press release: Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse Roskilde Festival Charity Society donates DKK 500,000 (approximately € 67,115) to Freemuse for its work for musicians’ rights and against music censorship. Freemuse is the only organisation in the world that works internationally with documentation and information about attacks on musicians and composers’ freedom and […]
  • Music Freedom Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY If you would like to participate in Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2014, please contact the Freemuse secretariat.  • The official Music Freedom Day website: musicfreedomday.org • What happened in 2013: musicfreedomday.org/?tag=2013 Count-down to 3 March:Broadcasters and artists in Asia, Africa and Europe join Music Freedom Day 2013Freemuse publishes new report on Mali […]
  • Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis “Artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come,” says the Israeli rabbi Ben Zion Mutsafi. Because of a performance in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women, the singer Erez Yechiel was […]
  • Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody

    NEWS 30 September 2009 Cuba: Rapper momentarily taken into custody Singer and rapper El Aldeano (real name: Aldo Roberto Rodríguez Baquero), member of the popular Cuban rap group Los Aldeanos, was detained at 11:00 AM on 28 September 2009. He was released later the same day. The group quickly published the following statement on the […]
  • Malawi: National radio bans the music of musician Lucius Banda

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malawi:National radio bans the music of musician Lucius Banda Malawi Broadcasting Corporation has banned the music of one the country’s top musicians, Lucius Banda, because songs on his latest album express criticism of the country’s government, reported Africanews.com on 5 January 2010 An article on Africanews.com stated that according to an internal memorandum […]
  • South Africa: Old anti-apartheid song banned on hate speech charges

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Africa: Old anti-apartheid song banned on hate speech charges On 26 March 2010, a South African court prohibited the singing of a controversial anti-apartheid song, ‘Ayesab’amagwala’ (‘The cowards are afraid’). A part of the lyrics translates as ‘kill the boer’, or ‘shoot the boer’, urging to the shooting of white farmers, and […]
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    “Freedom has been attacked, but freedom will be defended.” These were the words of President George Bush shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Bush went on to say that the terrorists “cannot touch the foundation of America” and “we go forward to defend freedom.” Despite Bush’s rhetoric, the actions of […]
  • Palestine: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voices heard

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard Sponsors, studio owners and party organisers shun Mothafar Assar’s Street Band Rappers due to Hamas disapproval, reported the British newspaper The Guardian. Read the full story here: The Guardian – 20 October 2010:‘Last rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard’ Related reading on […]
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    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Tunesien:Freemuse f Prisoverr Omtale i danske medierU-landsnyt.dk – 19. oktober 2009:‘Dansk-baseret NGO mod musikcensur f Omtale i internationale medierIMC Music World News, Issue 35 – 21 October 2009:‘Freemuse receives international award’David Price’s Blog – 21 October 2009:‘IMC Music Awards’freeDIMENSIONAL – 20 October 2009:‘fD congratulates Freemuse for receiving The International Music Council (IMC) Inaugural Musical […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Ban on Western musical instruments

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Ban on Western musical instruments Burma’s Ministry of Culture has ordered the country’s traditional Saing orchestras not to use Western musical instruments — a move likely to reduce the popularity of many of the groups. The new regulations were reported by the Rangoon journal The Voice, which said they had […]
  • Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal

    NEWS 10 May 2010 Germany: Expelled from teachers collage for playing death metal Thomas Gurrath is a member of the Stuttgart-based death metal band Debauchery. Until 28 March 2010 he was training to become a grammar school teacher in the German state Baden-Württemberg. But when his supervisors found out about his musical activities with Debauchery, […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Freemuse in joint campaign for imprisoned comedian

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar/Burma:Freemuse in joint campaign for imprisoned comedian The Free Zarganar Campaign, which advocates for the immediate release of Burmese comedian Zarganar, urges MEP’s to nominate Zarganar for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Price. The Free Zarganar Campaign, was launched by a coalition of human rights and freedom of expression organisations, including Freemuse, following his arrest […]
  • Kuwait: Member of parliament wants music teaching banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kuwait: Member of parliament wants music teaching banned “We will not allow our schools to become centres for graduating dancers. (…) We call for halting this, otherwise, we will use constitutional tools. This could lead to grilling the prime minister,” the Kuwaiti member of parliament Mohammad Hayef told reporters according to Agence France-Presse, […]
  • Roskilde Festival giver 500.000 kroner til musikalsk ytringsfrihed

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## Danmark:Roskilde Festival giver 500.000 kroner til musikalsk ytringsfrihed Foreningen Roskilde Festival donerer en halv million kroner til Freemuse, som arbejder for musikeres rettigheder og imod musikcensur. Donationen g Related reading on freemuse.org Related reading:
  • Press Room Archive

    PRESS ROOM ARCHIVE hi-res press photos Graphics for web Press releases Media coverage of Freemuse Music Freedom Day: 3 March 20103 March 2010 was Music Freedom Day where radio and tv broadcasters as well as musicians world-wide focused on music censorship Press release in A4 PDF format Right-click to download / click to print Freemuse Award 2009 […]
  • Nepal: Song banned in television for religious defamation

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nepal: Song banned in television for religious defamation A promo of an upcoming album of Komal Oli was allegedly banned from Nepal Television because of it is against Hindu sentiments, reported a Nepali blogger. Singer Komal Oli’s promo was broadcasted in Nepali state television, NTV, for a couple of weeks, but then, in […]
  • India: Political party promises to ban Western music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Political party promises to ban Western music The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the Indian state Haryana has promised the voters that if they were to replace the congress government, the party would ban Western music. “Western music and vulgarity in the name of culture will be banned,” declared a party […]
  • News 2010

    NEWS 2010 Read more:News 2009
  • Cameroun: Bes

    FREEMUSE KAMPAGNE ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroun:Bes Den f  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • Smashed Hits 2.0

    PUBLICATIONS 22 September 2010 United Kingdom: Index on Censorship publishes issue on music censorship Index on Censorship, Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression, released a magazine issue on music censorship entitled ‘Smashed hits 2.0’ on 8 September 2010. ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ investigates music and free expression with writing and interviews. The issue is produced in […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro – behind bars in Cameroon, behind a mic in Brooklyn

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:Behind bars in Cameroon, behind a mic in Brooklyn Singer Lapiro de Mbanga joins by phone from jail in Cameroon as U.S. Afro-pop band performs his banned song live in New York Coming to the stage in Brooklyn: The Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga will appear live from prison via […]
  • Kontrovers om reggaestjernen Sizzlas koncert i K

    NYHEDER ##PagePublishedLong## K Efter at Sizzla i et interview i Politiken indr G L Related reading on freemuse.org The Market and Media CensorsPanel debate at the 1st Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship Moderator: Mr. Johan Fornäs, Prof. Stockholm University, Sweden Introduction: Mr. Ole Reitov, Editor, Danish Broadcasting Corporation Panelists:Mr. Noam Ben-Zeev, Music Critic & […]
  • Music Freedom Day in Den Haag on 3 and 4 March 2010

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2010 ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day in The Hague, city of international law The organisation Music Force marked Music Freedom Day in the Netherlands on 3 March 2010. Among the supporters of the Music Freedom Day events in The Hague was the city’s municipality, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Fonds 1818. […]
  • Iran: 80 young people arrested at illegal concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:80 young people arrested at illegal concert Iranian police detained 80 young men and women for “lustful pleasure-seeking” activities at an illegal concert, Tehran’s chief prosecutor was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying. Public prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted in the Kayhan newspaper on 7 May 2010 as saying that moral […]
  • Venezuela: Reggae artist defies government ban on violent images

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma:Two musicians arrested, another released after torture Singer Nyi Paing and songwriter Min Satta have reportedly been arrested by Burmese authorities’ Special Branch. Another report says the singer Htoo Htoo Chay who was arrested in September has been released from prison after being tortured. “We got confirmation that 41 people were […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2011 is marked in more than 20 countries

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2011 This page was last updated on ##PagePublishedLong## Music Freedom Day celebrates freedom of musical expression worldwide Music Freedom Day marked in more than 20 countries 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 […]
  • Iran: No teaching of music in private schools

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:No teaching of music in private schools Teaching music in state schools is already prohibited in Iran. Now, the music ban also applies to Iran’s 16,000 private schools where 1.1 million students no longer are allowed to use any musical instruments, including those played in traditional Iranian music. This was reported in an […]
  • Jamaica: Ban on violent and explicit sexual lyrics

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA, Florida: City council discusses ban on hip-hop A councilman in Fort Myers, Florida, is seeking to have hip-hop music banned at the Harborside Events Center and other venues in Fort Myers. During a council meeting on 5 October 2009, councilman Warren Wright will discuss the possibility of barring all hip-hop shows and […]
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  • Myanmar/Burma: Exiled musicians publish album of protest songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Exiled musicians publish album of protest songs A new album of satire, poetry and music produced by Burmese activists living in exile in India is aired around the world, smuggled into Burma and can even be heard secretly on radios there. In songs and verse, singers and poets attack mismanagement […]
  • Freemuse receives grant from The Sigrid Rausing Trust

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse receives grant from The Sigrid Rausing Trust The Sigrid Rausing Trust has awarded a grant of £50,000 for the next year to the work of Freemuse. “The grant comes at a crucial time for Freemuse,” said Marie Korpe, Freemuse Executive Director. “Our core funding is decreasing and it has become more challenging […]
  • Freemuse: Meet Freemuse at WOMEX – the annual World Music Expo

    ACTIVITIES ##PagePublishedLong## Network meeting:Meet Freemuse at Womex trade fair in Copenhagen On 29 October 2009, Freemuse organises a network-meeting at Womex — the world’s largest trade fair and expo for world music. The meeting includes presentations of three important initiatives which are related to freedom of musical expression The organisers of Womex — which takes […]
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  • Cuba: Censored rap group thrives on YouTube

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Cuba: Censored rap group thrives on YouTube The songs of the Cuban rap group Los Aldeanos are considered ‘too critical’ by Cuba’s authorities and therefore they have been banned on Cuban radio stations and cannot be sold in the shops. According to an article published by Reuters, YouTube has instead become their channel […]
  • Azagaia

    AZAGAIA(Mozambique) ##PagePublishedLong## Rapper Azagaia speaks about freedom of expression in Mozambique Azagaia means light javelin or spear. It is also the name used by a Mozambican hip-hop artist, rapper and sociologist, Edson da Luz. The rawness of his music and the lyrical content of his songs have caused discomfort in some circles, took the Mozambican […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the President of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2010: Messages from participants

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2010 ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse invites musicians and broadcasters to participate in a global event on the subject of music and censorship. Let others know about your plans for 3 March This page is for musicians, broadcasters, journalists and activists who plan to contribute to make Music Freedom Day a global awareness and advocacy […]
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  • Nigeria: Banned Hausa rapper uses internet for alternative distribution

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria: Banned Hausa rapper uses internet for alternative distribution Hausa rapper Ziriums satirical song ‘Girgiza Kai’ (Shake Your Head) was banned by the Kano State government. Instead, Ziriums uses online sites to distribute his songs, reported blogger Carmen McCain. Ziriums has released his album ‘This is Me’ online. During a July 2009 film […]
  • Somalia: Rule no 1: “Music should not be aired”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia: Rule no 1: “Music should not be aired” On 15 September 2009, the newly appointed Al-Shabaab information officer in Belet-Hawo town, in the Gedo region of southwestern Somalia, convened a meeting of journalists in the town and read to them a list of edicts the Al-Shabaab want to see implemented in the […]
  • Syria: Musicians arrested for singing Kurdish songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Musicians arrested for singing Kurdish songs Seven men, including members of a wedding music band, were arrested at a Kurdish wedding party where they were singing. They are accused of singing patriotic Kurdish songs. The Kurdish organisation for the defence of human rights and public freedoms in Syria, DAD, reported that a […]
  • Australia: Controversy over race-hate music festival

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Australia: Controversy over race-hate music festival On 17 April 2010 a white supremacy group in Queensland organised a race-hate music festival on the Gold Coast. The city’s mayor, Ron Clarke, as well as multicultural community groups said that the best defence to such marginal, fanatical groups would be a deaf ear. When flyers for a […]
  • EU policy library refers to Freemuse Visa White Paper

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## EU:EU policy library refers to Freemuse Visa White Paper The Freemuse report ‘Visas / The Discordant Note’ has been included as an official reference document in the EU Commission’s Library of policy documents For two years various experts have met regularly in Bruxelles to discuss mobility and visa issues, and a core group […]
  • Cameroon: International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro The case against singer Lapiro de Mbanga has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US based lawyers’ advocacy organisation, is now officially monitoring his case. In an interview with Radio France International in the first week of October 2009, Maran Turner, executive director of […]
  • Somalia: Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Somalia / Kenya:Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile Fatma Adow is one of 25 women who on November 2008 faced the wrath of Somali militiamen the for taking part in a folklore dance galore in Somalia. She was interviewed in her Kenyan exile by Suleiman Mbatiah for IslamOnline.net “How can our […]
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  • Russia: Concert banned but protest singer continue unplugged

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:Concert banned but protest singer continue unplugged On 22 August 2010 Yuri Shevchuk, a popular rock singer and political critic, defied the Russian authorities’ sudden ban on a staged protest concert and performed without amplification. A protest rally accompanied by a concert led by environmental activists fighting to save the pristine Khimki forest north of Moscow […]
  • Iran: More than 20 musicians banned from radio

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: More than 20 musicians banned from radio Government-owned radio stations in Iran have been ordered to stop broadcasting certain singers’ music and certain songs, reported Ilna and Iran Human Rights Voice. The censorship list is reported to contain names of artists such as: Ali LahrasbiAlireza AfsharAlireza AssarAlireza EftakhariEhsan Khajeh-AmiriEsmailzadehFataali OvaisiFeraydoun AseraeiGolshanHossein ZamanKambiz […]
  • Syria: Interrogated and harassed for listening to metal music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Interrogated and harassed for listening to metal music Young people in Syria are interrogated by the secret police if they listen to heavy metal music, writes Romuald Stankiewicz in this personal travel report from the country. By Romuald Stankiewicz I met Mohammed in Damascus. After finishing high school he came to this […]
  • Cameroon: United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon / USA:United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro de Mbanga The secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visits Cameroon on 10 June 2010. By sending a letter to him, the American legal advocacy organisation Freedom Now makes use of this opportunity to make a pressure to Cameroon’s president […]
  • China: Ministry makes new push to control online music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Ministry makes new push to control online music The Chinese ministry of culture implements new censorship rules for the country’s online music providers by 1 January 2010. This is necessary to ensure that lyrics are “acceptable” and to protect “intellectual property rights”, stated the ministry It was announced on the website of […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2010 becomes a truly global event

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2010 This page was last updated on ##PagePublishedLong## Over four years, the annual Music Freedom Day — observed on 3 March — has grown into a truly global event which inspires increasing numbers of musicians and concert organisers to join, and informs millions of radio listeners about issues of freedom of expression […]
  • Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN has launched a new protest campaign for the continuing imprisonment of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga in Cameroon. In November 2009, Lapiro de Mbanga was one of five cases highlighted for the Writers in Prison Committee’s annual […]
  • Pakistan: Five injured and 10 music shops damaged by bomb blast

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Five injured and 10 music shops damaged by bomb blast Five people were injured and 10 shops damaged in a bomb blast on 28 January 2010 in a music and video market in the small town of Jand in Attock District of Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to press reports, some construction workers […]
  • Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro In two articles published by the Danish magazine 3F and the newspaper Information on 22 May 2010, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the worldwide conglomerate operating in around 130 countries, is accused for being partly responsible for the imprisonment of the Cameroonese oppositional […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro fires back at Minister of Communication

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro fires back at Minister of Communication Lapiro de Mbanga, imprisoned since 2008 retaliates at Minister of Communication Issa Bakary Tchiroma, who on 30 July 2010 announced that Cameroon did not host any political prisoners. Lapiro responded swiftly to remind the Minister that he has been detained for his opinions since 2008. […]
  • Press release: Imprisoned singer in Cameroon wins global award

    PRESS RELEASE ##PagePublishedLong## Cameroon:Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the president of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as […]
  • Guinea-Bissau / USA: Rap artists threatened, appear on live video in New York

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Guinea Bissau / USA: Rap artists threatened, appear on live video in New York In 2009, members of Baloberos Crew were detained and intimidated by members of the military intelligence because of a song which criticises the military and the government. Via a live video feed the group will participate in a performance in […]
  • China / Tibet: Banned Tibetan singer disappears

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet: Banned Tibetan singer disappears Chinese authorities are looking for Pasang, a popular Tibetan singer, who has gone into hiding after his debut album was banned and confiscated, reported Radio Free Asia on 24 September 2010. “The authorities blamed him for singing and recording politically sensitive themes in his songs. They […]
  • Colombia: Young hip-hop singer killed

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Colombia:Young hip-hop singer killed The 20-year-old singer Pacheco of the hip hop group C4 was shot by gunmen in August 2009 Pacheco (full name: Enrique Pacheco Hector Marmolejo) was murdered as he was on his way home at one o’clock in the afternoon, a block from the College Eduardo Santos in the western […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2010 – index

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2010 ##PagePublishedLong## Index 3 March 2010 was observed as a global ‘Music Freedom Day’. Seminars and concerts were held in several countries around the globe.About Music Freedom Day 2010Messages from participantsMusic Freedom Day in The Hague, the NetherlandsMusic Freedom Day in Gdansk, Poland Music Freedom Day groups and pages on FacebookMusic Freedom Day […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Music a vehicle for significant dissent

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Music a vehicle for significant dissent Nine out of 12 songs on Thxa Soe’s most recent album were banned by Burma’s censorship board. How 29-year-old Thxa Soe — one of Burma’s leading hip-hop stars — and the underground group Generation Wave challenge the restrictions of the ruling military junta is […]
  • United Arab Emirates: Censored rap duo ready with new album

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Arab Emirates / (Saudi Arabia / Kuwait):Censored rap duo publishes new album The first and only album of the Emirati hip-hop duo Desert Heat which came out in 2008, was banned in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, reported AFP. It is still unknown if censorship will also be the fate of their next […]
  • Palestine: Singer kidnapped and beaten by gunmen

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine: Singer kidnapped and beaten by gunmen Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped, beaten up, and thrown in a field in Gaza by unidentified gunmen By SKeyes-Gaza, Center for Media and Cultural Freedom 28-year-old Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped at midnight on Monday 19 October 2009 at the entrance of An-Nafaq Street […]
  • Iran: Concert banned because of presence of women musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran Concert banned because of presence of women musicians Iranian authorities have cancelled a concert of traditional Iranian singer Homayoun Shajarian because two members of the band are women, the ISNA news agency reported. Homayoun Shajarian is the son of Mohammad Reza Shajarian – a legendary singer in Iran. Homayou has performed with […]
  • Russia: City bans heavy metal music in caf

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Russia:City bans heavy metal music in cafés, clubs and restaurants Authorities in the West-Russian city of Belgorod has banned performances of heavy metal music in a bid to “save the city’s youth”. Governor Evgenie Savchenko in Belgorod, situated 500 kilometres south of Moscow, wants to “promote the suppression of satanic activity,” and to […]
  • Guatemala: Teacher of indigenous music brutally murdered

    NEWS 31 August 2010 Guatemala:Teacher of indigenous music brutally murdered Leonardo Lisandro Guarcax Gonzalez, promoter and defender of indigenous Maya culture, has been found dead after he was abducted by unknown assailants on 25 August 2010. Guarcax’ body was found lifeless with severe marks of torture the following day, reported the Prensa Libre. Leonardo Lisandro […]
  • USA: Banned music showcased in concert series in New York

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Banned music showcased in concert series in New YorkAustin Dacey and Haroon Bacha. Photo by Quoc Pham A concert with the exiled Pakistani singer Haroon Bacha on 9 December 2009 marks the start of a performance series at Brooklyn’s Littlefield that aims to showcase banned music from around the globe — music literally […]
  • Freemuse Award 2010: Winners honoured in London

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran | Turkey:Freemuse Award winners honoured in London Freemuse Award winners 2010: Ferhat Tunç, with the award statuette created by Swedish glass designer Göran Wärff, and Mahsa Vahdat. Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç, the joint winners of the Freemuse Award 2010, gave a short and impressive performance at the Index Awards ceremony in […]
  • Norway: Festival celebrates musicians who refuse to be silenced

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Festival celebrates musicianswho refuse to be silenced With the theme ‘Freedom and oppression’, the 21st edition of the Førde Folk Music Festival in Norway focuses on musicians’ struggle for human rights, and cultures that struggle for their survival. Opening on 8 July 2010, the festival features several prominent artists who have faced […]
  • China / Tibet: Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## China / Tibet:Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance The film ‘Tibet in Song’ shows Chinese officials and troops persecuting anyone performing Tibetan folk music. It is directed by musicologist and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, and has been described as “a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience”. ‘Tibet in Song’ […]
  • Jordan: Heavy metal musician: “We were rebels”

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Jordan:“We were rebels” “Wherever we came out we were branded Satanists,” writes Rami Abdel Rahman in this personal account of his experiences as a young metal head in the 1990s heavy metal scene of Jordan. By Rami Abdel Rahman One snowy winter afternoon in Sweden about two years ago, I hurried into a […]
  • Music Freedom Day 2009: Messages from participants

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2009 ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse invites musicians and broadcasters to participate in a global event on the subject of music and censorship. Let others know about your plans for 3 March This page is for musicians, broadcasters, journalists and activists who plan to contribute to make Music Freedom Day a global awareness and advocacy […]
  • China / Tibet: Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tibet / China:Singer and music shop owner in Lhasa detained by police Tenzin, a singer from Amdo who owns a music shop in Lhasa, has been detained by the police and accused of downloading ‘illegal music’, reported High Peaks Pure Earth “We are not sure of the exact date of his detention. Our […]
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  • Pakistan: Music stores are rebuilt in Swat valley

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pakistan: Music stores are being rebuilt in Swat valley In 2008, the Taliban militants in the north-western Pakistani valley of Swat imposed a ban on all forms of artistic expression. Now that the Taliban are no longer a force in Swat, culture has made a comeback, reported Shaheen Buneri to BBC South Asia. […]
  • Press release: New Freemuse report about censorship of heavy metal music

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse report about censorship of heavy metal “We play heavy metal because our lives are heavy metal…” From the underground to the mainstream heavy metal is a global phenomenon attracting thousands of fans – but along the way it has gained many enemies too. “Long haired music,” as it has been described […]
  • Austria: Museum of sound preserves banned music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Austria:Museum of sound preserves banned music The Akustikon Museum of Sound in Linz, Austria, has opened a special section dedicated to preserving banned music, entitled ‘The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds’. The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds holds music whose creators have been branded, driven away, oppressed, banned and persecuted in different times and places […]
  • Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

    Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video interview was recorded by Freedom to […]
  • Iraq: Violence against singers continues

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: Violence against singers continues In Iraq, the clerics have conflicting opinions about music prohibition, writes Wisam Tahir from Nasiriya in Iraq in an article published in The Herald Scotland on courtesy of the Institute for War and Peace reporting The article gives an excellent insight in the situation for musicians in Nasiriya, […]
  • China: Uncertainty over ban of concerts with American folk singer Bob Dylan

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Uncertainty over ban of concerts with American folk singer The Chinese government allegedly refused to allow the 68-year-old American folk singer Bob Dylan to perform in Beijing and Shanghai because of his reputation as a protestsinger. We write ‘allegedly’, because other sources refute the reports that Dylan was refused. Jeffrey Wu, operations […]
  • Iran: Petition in support of 26 year-old Iranian musician

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Petition in support of 26 year-old protest musician On 1 October 2010, an online petition in support of Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad was started. After the first two weeks, over 800 people had signed the petition. The 26 year-old musician was imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for singing his famous song ‘Ali […]
  • Help free Lapiro de Mbanga! Sign the petition

    THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA Sign this petition I protest against the three-year prison sentence and US dollar 640,000 fine imposed on the singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (real name Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) and call on […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship of heavy metal music

    FREEMUSE REPORT 25 January 2010 Mark LeVineHEADBANGING AGAINST REPRESSIVE REGIMES – Censorship of heavy metal in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and China Report no. 9 Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2010ISSN: 1601-2127. ISBN 978-87-988163-3-1.    104 pages. Purchase printed version Right-click to download(On Mac: CTRL-click) Review Metalunderground.com – 4 March 2011:Review by Rockstar_Scribbler“Immediately after the first […]

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