• Mali: Rapper receives death threats for political song and campaign

    Rapper and activist Master Soumy (real name: Ismaïla Doucouré) received death threats from anonymous phone calls and cyber-attacks after launching a song and campaign to mobilise people against planned constitutional amendments that would increase the powers of the presidency, reported MaliActu.net on 11 June 2017. In his song ‘An Tè A Bana’ (‘Don’t Touch My […]
  • Georgia: Rappers arrested for alleged drug possession

    Both members of Georgian rap duo Birja Mafia were arrested on 8 June 2017 for allegedly purchasing and possessing several grams of ecstasy (MDMA) in what they claim was a response to a recent video they released featuring a police officer being treated like a dog, reported several local Georgian sources. In the video, an […]
  • USA: Christian retailer pulls rap album from shelves over offensive word

    Christian retailer LifeWay dropped Christian rapper Sho Baraka’s latest album ‘The Narrative’ from its stores after customers complained about offensive language, specifically the word “penis” in the album’s final song, reported The Washington Post on 8 February 2017. “Like any retailer, LifeWay has a responsibility not to carry resources with content our customers consider inappropriate,” […]
  • Tanzania: Two rappers and a producer abducted from studio by unknown people

    Tanzanian rappers Roma Mkatoliki (real name Ibrahim Mussa) and Moni, as well as producer Bello bin Laden, went missing on 5 April 2017 after unidentified people raided Tongwe Records in the Masaki area of Dar es Salaam and abducted the three artists, along with another person who was in the studio at the time. Member […]
  • Spain: Rapper appeals three-and-a-half-year prison sentence over lyrics

    Spanish rapper Valtonyc (real name Miquel Arenas Beltrán) and his lawyer confirmed they presented an appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court to repeal his three-year-and-six-month prison sentence on various charges related to his lyrics, reported Europa Press on 9 March 2017. The Spanish National Court, a High State Court directly under the Supreme Court that […]
  • Tanzania: Rapper released after being detained over song

    Tanzanian popular rapper Ney wa Mitego (real name Emmanuel Elibariki) was released on 27 March 2017 without charges from police custody after he was held for nearly two days for his new song, ‘WAPO (They are There)’, which allegedly ridiculed the government. Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Harrison Mwakyembe said Tanzanian President John […]
  • USA: Rapper sues city, police over “unlawful” arrest for rap lyrics

    Rapper Tiny Doo (real name: Brandon Duncan) filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego and two police officers on 10 January 2017 for what he claims was his unlawful arrest in July 2014 on gang conspiracy charges.    The charges were based on rap lyrics about shootings and gang activity featured on Tiny […]
  • Angola: Rappers’ concerts cancelled, one shut down by police

    Rappers Ikonoklasta (real name: Luaty Beirão) and MCK planned to hold joint concert ‘Ikopongo’ on 5 November 2016 at a venue in Angolan capital Luanda, but had to reschedule the event for the next day at a different venue after management cancelled the show; the relocated show was then shut down by police, reported Deutsche […]
  • France: TV channel censors political message on rapper’s T-shirt in new video

    In an act that sparked public outrage on social media, French TV channel W9 decided to blur out rapper Black M’s T-shirt when airing his new video for his song ‘Je Suis Chez Moi’ due to a political message referring to a controversial death under police custody, reported Le Parisien on 19 September 2016. The […]
  • USA: Schools reverse radio station ban on buses

    Portland Public Schools in the capital of US western state Oregon have gone back on their ban of particular radio stations on public school buses, which included radio stations playing rap music, reported Oregon Live on 30 August 2016. A memo sent out by director of student transportation Teri Brady on 9 March 2016 listed […]
  • Mauritania: Rapper harassed and attacked by police

    Police stopped Mauritanian rapper Yëro Gaynääko (real name Yéro Abdoulaye Sow) on 16 August 2016 while on the road back to the capital Nouakchott, forcibly removing the rapper out of the car, accusing him of being drugged and taking him to a police station where he was assaulted and verbally abused, reported human rights organisation […]
  • Malaysia: Artist detained over allegedly “insulting Islam” in music video

    Police detained Malaysian artist Namewee upon his return from being abroad on 21 August 2016 at the Kuala Lampur airport and are investigating him after groups filed reports that his latest music video “insulted Islam”, reported The Star Online on 22 August 2016. “Malaysian authorities must release Namewee and drop all charges against him,” said Freemuse […]
  • Malaysia: Rapper threatened with censorship and arrest

    Police plan to arrest rapper Namewee (real name Wee Meng Chee) when he returns to Malaysia over his recent video for a song he performed with Taiwanese hip hop trio Jiu Yi Yi (Nine One One) called ‘Oh My God’, which has allegedly insulted religion, reported Free Malaysia Today on 2 August 2016. Penang police […]
  • Tanzania: Rapper banned from music industry indefinitely

    The Tanzanian National Arts Council (Basata) banned popular rapper Nay wa Mitego (real name Emmanuel Elibariki) from participating in the music industry indefinitely due to “immoral content” in his latest song ‘Pale Kati Patamu’, reported Tanzanian news outlet The Citizen on 28 July 2016. “We have barred him from performing in Tanzania indefinitely,” Basata executive […]
  • USA: Anti-Donald Trump song censored

    US presidential nominee Donald Trump and the secret service demanded changes be made to two songs by rapper YG on his latest album released in June 2016 for anti-Trump lyrics, reported entertainment news outlet Vulture on 16 June 2016. The two censored songs – ‘FDT’ (an abbreviation for Fuck Donald Trump) and ‘Blacks and Browns’ […]
  • Angola: Rapper MCK barred from leaving the country

    The Angolan immigration services have barred the rapper MCK from leaving Luanda’s International Airport. He was invited to perform at a rap festival in Brazil on 26 November 2015, reported Rafael Marques de Morais from Angola. Immigration officials told MCK that they had ‘superior orders’ to prevent him from leaving the country, MCK told Rafael […]
  • China: Malaysian rapper told to make no controversial statements

    The Malaysian rapper Namewee (real name: Wee Meng Chee) has become the latest to join a growing number of artists and brands facing limitations on their performance in China. Namewee posted a statement on Facebook on 19 October 2015 that he had been forced by his Hong Kong concert promoter to declare that he wouldn’t […]
  • Morocco: Rapper prosecuted over song deemed insulting

    The Moroccan rapper Al Muntaqim was arrested in August 2015 and accused of inciting violence and drug abuse through his song ‘Korsika’. He has since been released, but his court case is still pending. In August 2015, the Public Prosecution at the Court of First Instance in Khenifra city in Morocco instructed the judicial police […]
  • Tunisia: Rapper Klay BBJ released from custody

    The Tunisian rapper Klay BBJ was released from custody on 21 October 2015 after having been detained over the weekend on suspicion of “possession and use” of cannabis, his lawyer was quoted as saying by various media. Freemuse welcomes the news which was confirmed by Freemuse’s partner in Tunisia, CIHRS. “He has just been released, […]
  • Tunisia: Calls for the release of arrested rapper Klay BBJ

    On 17 October 2015, the public prosecution of the Court of First Instance in Tunis permitted National Security officers in Bab Swika district to arrest the rapper Klay BBJ (real name: Ahmed Ben Ahmed) along with two other men. They were allegedly apprehended for possession of drugs. The news agency AFP quoted a judicial source […]
  • Angola: Freemuse calls for immediate release of detained rapper

    On 15 October 2015, the 33-year-old Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão entered his fourth week of hunger strike in protest of his detention without trial since June – along with 14 other opposition activists accused of ‘rebellion’ and of seeking to ‘attack the president’. Freemuse holds the Angolan authorities responsible for Luaty Beirão’s well-being and calls […]
  • United Kingdom: American rapper banned because of lyrics

    The 24-year-old American rapper Tyler, the Creator says he has been banned from the United Kingdom because of the nature of his lyrics. The Odd Future co-founder recently cancelled four dates in the UK and Ireland and tweeted that it was because the UK authorities were unhappy with his subject matter: BASED ON LYRICS FROM […]
  • USA: Freedom of expression violated when concert was shut down

    Chicago rapper Chief Keef was to appear via hologram from California in a concert in a public park in Hammond, Indiana, on 25 July 2015, but police officers shut down the concert because they were concerned that the hologram would pose a threat to public safety. Chief Keef appeared via hologram on stage, but within […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haqed – besieged, alienated and oppressed

    Freemuse interview with the Moroccan rapper El Haqed, who was awarded with the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Arts. By Shaima Aly Mouad Belghouat (also spelled: Belrhouate) is better known under his artist name, El Haqed – the now world-famous Moroccan rapper and human rights activist who criticises the widespread poverty […]
  • Gambia: Rapper forced to flee after song criticising president goes viral

    A few days after Gambian rapper Killa Ace (real name: Ali Cham) released a song critical of the Gambian regime, he started receiving threats that lead him to flee the country. In the song, entitled ‘Ku Boka C Geta G’, Killa Ace speaks against social injustices, oppression, corruption and lack of freedom of expression under […]
  • France: Verdict of three years imprisonment to rapper in Marseilles

    The court in Marseilles summoned the French-Algerian rapper Lacrim (real name: Karim Zenoud), but he didn’t show up in court. He was consequently given status as a fugitive and sentenced in absentia to three years imprisonment. Lacrim was charged in court because of the video for his song ‘Viens, je t’emmène’, in which he uses […]
  • Sweden: Rap group’s concerts cancelled after free speech controversies

    Hip-hop flirting with political violence causes controversy and debate around the world. The Swedes have recently been having a thorough public discussion about where to draw the line between illegal hate speech on one side, and artists’ democratic right to express themselves on the other. Here is a run-down of Kartellen’s free speech journey in […]
  • Morocco: Freemuse calls for release of imprisoned rapper

    Freemuse calls for the release of Moroccan rapper Abdul Mou’men Al Shuaibi, who was imprisoned after having criticised Moroccan Police in a song Freemuse condemns the conviction and harsh treatment of Moroccan rapper Abdul Mou’men Al Shuaibi and calls for his immediate and unconditional release ahead of the appeal hearing. Al Shuaibi was arrested in […]
  • USA: Hip-hop artist prosecuted for rapping about shootings

    The rapper Tiny Doo was charged with “criminal street gang conspiracy” over a music album, ‘No Safety’, reflecting gang culture. Tiny Doo (real name: Brandon Duncan) has no criminal record and says he has no knowledge of the crimes, which involved several shootings in San Diego from May 2013 to February 2014. But the district […]
  • Morocco: Take action against the prosecution of rapper El Haqed

    Take action to help create public pressure in support of the Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghaoute – also known as ‘Lhaqed’, ‘L7a9d’ and ‘El Haqed’ – meaning: ‘the enraged one’ El Haqed has been imprisoned on spurious charges three times in as many years, most recently for four months in 2014 amid concerns that the trial […]
  • Iran: Ministry announces permanent ban on hip-hop concerts

    According to MTV, citing The Jerusalem Post, a spokesperson for Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance said hip-hop concerts are now against the law in the country unless approved by the ministry through a lengthy process. This ban will continue indefinitely. “This music encourages wild behavior that could have a detrimental effect on society,” […]
  • Iran: Rapper arrested in Mashhad

    Underground rap singer Hossein Eblis was arrested in Mashhad on 15 December 2014. Security forces confiscated several of his musical instruments and sound equipment, reported IranWire, quoting Khorasan Newspaper. According to a police report, Hossein Eblis, 27, frequently mocked the language of authorities in his songs, many of which contain obscenities. The arrest followed a […]
  • South Africa: Call for ban of song allegedly romanticising violence

    South Africans discuss whether the song ‘Larney Jou Poes’ by Cape Town band Dookoom is political hip-hop or hate speech: When does an artistic expression of anger become incitement to violence or “romanticising” of imminent violence? ‘Larney Jou Poes’ was published on youtube.com on 15 October 2014. It was viewed more than 50,000 times during […]
  • Morocco: 17-year-old rapper released after three months imprisonment

    Othman Atiq, a 17-year-old Moroccan rapper known as Mr Crazy, was released on 12 November 2014 after completing a three-month sentence for “offending a state institution,” “harming public morality,” and other offenses related to his lyrics.
 Atiq, whose songs and music videos depict the gritty lives of Casablanca’s unemployed youth, is the second performer in […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haqed speaks of freedom and flaws

    If the Moroccan authorities meant to silence the dissident Moroccan rapper El Haqed by locking him up in a prison cell on trumped up charges, it didn’t work. The first thing he wanted to do when he stepped out in freedom after four months imprisonment was go to the studio and record more of the […]
  • Morocco: Dissident rapper Mouad El Haqed released

    Having served his third prison sentence since Morocco’s February 20th Movement uprising started, Morocco’s dissident rapper Mouad Belghouat known by his stage name El Haqed has been released from Ain Borja prison in Casablanca on 18 September 2014. By Nadir Bouhmouch, Freemuse Arrested on 18 May 2014, El Haqed was charged by a lower Casablanca […]
  • Morocco: Imprisoned rapper El Haqed on two-day hunger strike

    On 13-15 August 2014, the Moroccan rapper and member of the 20 February protest movement did a 48-hour hunger protest against “humiliating treatment” in prison, reported Huffington Post. Relatives said that El Haqed (also spelled: Lhaqed. Real name: Mouad Belghouat) undergoes considerable psychological pressure from the staff of the prison. On 1 July 2014, El […]
  • United Kingdom: Two concerts with Ugandan rapper cancelled

    Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine (real name: Robert Kyagulanyi) has had two planned performances in the UK pulled after venues learned of the singer’s anti-LGBTI stance, reported Gay News Network on 31 July 2014. A theatre in London and a venue in Birmingham have refused to host upcoming shows by the rapper after news surfaced the […]
  • Morocco: Open letter to Moroccan minister about El Haqed

    The Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghaoute – also known as Lhaqed or El Haqed, ‘the enraged one’ – was sentenced on 1 July 2014 to four months in prison amid concerns that the trial was unfair, and that he is being held because of his popularity and lyrics that condemn corruption and police brutality. Arrested on […]
  • Morocco: Rapper sentenced to four months in prison

    The Moroccan rapper Mouad Belghaoute – known by his stage name El Haqed (also spelled: Lhaqed) – has been sentenced to four months in prison. He is furthermore to pay a fine of 1,350 euros to the two police officers he was accused of attacking. An accusation of selling tickets in the black market was […]
  • Senegal: Rapper Fou Malade acquitted in court

    The procecutor had asked for six months imprisonment to the rapper Fou Malade but eventually, the judge didn’t listen to him and gave him his freedom. Fou Malade – whose real name is Almamy Malal Talla – was detained after having delivered a speech where he said some controversial remarks about the Senegalese Minister of Interior […]
  • United Kingdom: American rapper Eminem banned from show

    Eminem was reportedly banned from performing a show because of ‘offensive’ and ‘unsuitable’ lyrics. » See also: www.dailymail.co.uk ‘This artist flagged risks across the board’: Eminem is banned from performing in Hyde Park due to ‘offensive’ lyrics   » Source: www.noise11.com
  • Senegal: Rapper faces six months in prison for criticising authorities

    On 19 June 2014, at a ceremony in the suburbs of Dakar on the mobilisation against drugs, Fou Malade, one of the rappers from the Y’en a marre movement (‘Enough’s enough’), said aloud to the Senegalese Minister of Interior and to the Director General of Police what everyone thinks quietly. His remarks led him straight […]
  • Morocco: Heated discussions as El Haqed trial continues

    The trial against Moroccan rapper El Haked was once again postponed after a court meeting in Casablanca on Tuesday 17 June 2014. The next and seventh hearing will be on Tuesday 24 June 2014. The sixth hearing on 17 June took several hours and lasted till late in the evening. Once again, the exchanges were […]
  • Morocco: Rapper in trial that seems to never end

    Within just one week, the Moroccan rapper El Haqed has appeared twice at the trial court of Ain Sebaa, Casablanca. After which the trial was postpone once again, this time until Tuesday 17 June 2014. By Dounia Benslimane, reporting from Casablanca Accused of illegal ticket sales, of being influenced by alcohol in public and of […]
  • Comoros: Rapper detained 24 hours for insulting president

    MC Cheikh, one of the Comoro Islands’ most popular rappers, was arrested for tagging a wall denouncing president Ikililou and holding up a sign saying ‘Ikililou hates us’.   MC Cheikh wrote: “On 5 June 2014 at around 12:00, I was arrested and placed in custody with a group of other young people for ‘insulting […]
  • Morocco: El Haqed’s hearing postponed

    On 5 June 2014, Mouad Belghouate, the Moroccan rapper known as El Haqed or Lhaqed, passed by the trial court of Ain Sebaa in Casablanca, Morocco, for the third time since his arrest on 18 May 2014. Freemuse attended the hearing. By Dounia Benslimane, reporting from Casablanca At the entrance of the building, plain clothes […]
  • Tajikistan: As Tajik rap gets political, authorities resort to bans and pressure

    The mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan banned rap and rock music from the capital’s buses, minibuses (marshrutkas), and taxis, suggesting that the genre was “alien to national and universal human values,” earlier this year. The initiative received the full backing from the country’s Minister of Education who stated that tunes which “do not conform to national […]
  • Morocco: Interview with attorney of arrested rapper El Haqed

    The detained Moroccan rapper El Haqed will stand trial again on 29 May 2014. Freemuse talked with El Haqed’s attorney, Mohemed Messoudi, who provides new information about the case.  By Daniel Brown   Could you describe the circumstances of El Haqed’s arrest? “Haqed was arrested on Sunday 18 May at around 2pm along with his […]
  • Morocco: Music is not a crime – free El Haqed

    The following is a blogpost from www.freel7a9ed.wordpress.com, republished here with permission from the author. On Sunday 18 May 2014, Moroccan authorities arrested – for the third time in three years – artist and human rights activist Mouad Belghouat, alias El Haqed (The Indignant) or L7a9ed. El Haqed has been targeted for his political views and […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haqed arrested again

    The Moroccan rapper El Haqed – also known as ‘L7a9ed’ – has been arrested again by Moroccan authorities, reported BelmKaddem. Belmkaddem – 19 May 2014: Moroccan Rapper El Haqed – L7a9ed – Arrested again by Moroccan Authorities By repetitively arresting and beating an artist who doesn’t sugar-coat Morocco’s dark side, and uses rap as a […]
  • USA: Open letter against censorship of hip-hop artists in Portland

    In an open lettert to Portland’s music community, Casey Jarman, managing editor of The Believer, former music editor of Willamette Weeks and co-founder of Party Damage Records, speaks out against what he calls “a systematic attempt to silence local hip-hop artists.” » Source:  www.wweek.com » See also: Hip-Hop Stopped The tension between Portland rap artists and police […]
  • Greece: Rapper murdered

    On the night of 17 September 2013 approximately 25 Golden Dawn neo-nazis murdered the 34-year-old rapper Pavlos Fissas, known as ‘Killah P’, in Keratsini, a working class neighborhood in Piraeus, Athens. » Information can be found in Twitter.com: @antireport, #antireport, #KillahP » This is one of his songs on youtube.com, roughly translated as ‘I won’t […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Introduction to Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene An animated video by Scott Bateman and Edith Mirante. SourceSalon.com – 22 May 2008:‘Bateman: Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene’ Related reading on freemuse.org Read more:
  • France: Rap musician under legal fire for ‘defamation’

    NEWS France:Rap musician under legal fire for ‘defamation’ For the last six years one of France’s leading underground rap groups, La Rumeur, has been locked in a legal battle against current French President Nicolas Sarkozy. On 3 June 2008, the fourth trial took place, pitting one of the band members, Hamé, against the Ministry of […]
  • Iran: ‘Rap-e-Fars’ – Persian rap and the Iranian rap scene

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Persian rap still illegalIn May 2007, the web site World Music Central published an article about rappers in Iran. Amir Azizmohamadi describes the Persian rap, ‘Rap-e Fars’, as “underground, unofficial, and illegal”. However, the Persian rap scene is alive and kicking – vigorous and musically stunning. ‘Rap-e-Fars’ is very popular among Iranian teenagers. […]
  • USA: Music tv channel bleeps the word ‘suicidal’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Music tv channel bleeps the word ‘suicidal’ American rapper Sean Kingston’s song ‘Beautiful Girl’ is about a girl so beautiful that he is afraid that their relation will never work: “You’ll have me suicidal, suicidal – When you say it’s over.” But on the MTV show ‘Total Request Live’, Sean Kingston’s summer […]
  • Iran: About 230 people arrested during a ‘satanistic’ music event

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:About 230 people arrested during a ‘satanic’ music event The news agency Reuters reports that more than 200 people were arrested during a police raid on an underground rap and rock concert in Iran. The raid was a part of an annual summer crackdown on “immoral behavior”. In Iran, alcohol as well as […]
  • Lebanon: Hip hop band’s censored album debut

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Lebanon:Hip hop band’s censored album debut The Beirut-based rap duo Ashekman has come up against censorship several times in its young career, reports The Daily Star, as they are about to publish their debut album with an Arabic parental advisory warning on the cover “They give voice to Lebanon’s disaffected youth through music,” […]
  • Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change During the last seven years, there has been a frightening rise in the number of censorship attempts on musicians, outspoken activists and journalists in Senegal. In the 2007 elections in Senegal, music played a vital part of political campaigning, reports Freemuse’s West Africa correspondentBy Rose Skelton, Freemuse   […]
  • Syria: ‘Silenced voices’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Syria: Silenced voices In Syria, music is a mirror which shows the soul of the listener. The hedonist youth of Damascus sees fuel for the fun of their parties, fundamentalists suspect moral corruption, the authocratic regime fears the output of subversive minds. And just a few young musicians perceive a magic language of […]
  • Canada: ‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada:‘Gangsta rap’ seeked banned in music stores A Toronto activist has filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against Canadian music store chain selling ‘gangsta rap’ that glorifies the mistreatment of women The Canadian activist Valerie Smith is represented by the lawyer Cynthia Watson of Watson Labour Lawyers – a cutting […]
  • ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by US

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Kill Bush’ rappers rapped by USGatans Parlament – a Norwegian rap group that criticised US President George W Bush by setting up a website whose name means “Kill him now” is in trouble with US authorities.Washington’s embassy in Oslo has reported hip-hop artists Gatans Parlament to the police, accusing them of threatening the […]
  • Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Reggae stars dropped because of ‘homophobic’ lyricsA collection of articles and background information on the current debate, where Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, the two controversial reggae acts accused of inciting violence against homosexuals, have been dropped from the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards after refusing to provide their promised written apologies. […]
  • Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas libraries

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Albums with ‘objectionable material’ removed from Kansas librariesThe Kansas attorney general has withheld more than 1,600 compact discs from distribution to state libraries because officials determined the albums promote violence or illegal activity, records show.The albums removed by Attorney General Phill Kline’s office were part of 51,000 discs given to Kansas as part […]
  • French minister warns ‘hate’ rap bands over lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## French minister warns ‘hate’ rap bands over lyricsFrench minister warned “hate lyric” French rap groups they faced legal action if they performed in public material that was racist or anti-Semitic. The band Sniper has outraged deputies in the governing UMP party with “La France,” which taps the deep sense of alienation of disaffected […]
  • China: Danish singer banned by censorship authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Danish singer banned by censorship authorities The Danish singer and rapper Linkoban, known as Ling Ly in China, performed twice in Beijing in July 2012, despite the fact that she had been banned by the Chinese censorship authorities. Linkoban and her crew of dancers had to make a number of last-minute changes […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked’s sentence upheld in Casablanca’s court of appeal

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco:Rapper El Haked’s prison sentence upheld in Casablanca’s court of appeal On 27 July 2012, the Casablanca court of appeal upheld the one year prison sentence given to rapper El Haked in May. The court confirmed that his police-critical song circulating on Youtube together with a ridiculing photo-montage was ‘detrimental to public servants’. […]
  • Colombia: Ten rappers murdered for criticizing the system

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Colombia: Ten rappers murdered for criticizing the system Ten rappers have been murdered in the last two years in the Colombian city Medellín. Their “crime”: that they volunteered to help getting young people away from paramilitary groups and drug gangs. 14 rappers have gone underground, and even more fear for their lives, reported the […]
  • Kyrgyzstan: Court bans rap song for ‘hate speech’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Kyrgyzstan: Court bans rap song for ‘hate speech’ A court in the city of Osh, where violent ethnic clashes claimed hundreds of lives in 2010, has banned an Uzbek-language rap song for promoting separatism and inciting hatred between Kyrgyz and Uzbek people. Two years after the ethnic clashes between Uzbek and Kyrgyz residents […]
  • 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 […]
  • Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detention

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: El Haked is unlawfully kept in detentionMoroccan rapper El Haked is still kept in detention, waiting for the judge to set a date for his trial. Freemuse has previously reported about El Haked’s arrest in Casablanca on 9 September 2011. The rapper is accused of physically attacking and injuring somebody in a scuffle, but […]
  • New Zealand: Controversial American hip-hop group’s concert cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## New Zealand: Controversial American hip-hop group’s concert cancelled Promoters of the travelling ‘Big Day Out’ festival removed the American rap group Odd Future from the festival’s Auckland lineup due to objections from locals over the group’s homophobic lyrics. Odd Future is a ten-member cult rap collective from Los Angeles, USA, aged between 16 […]
  • Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Norway: Rap duo threatened with violence The rap duo Prayaz from Holmlia in the Norwegian capital Oslo sing about violence against women, and they are themselves threatened with violence because of that, reported the Norwegian public service broadcaster NRK. “What really struck us was the message that we should remember what happened to […]
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  • Tunisia: The rapper Volcanis arrested on drug charges

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 the rapper’s […]
  • Egypt: Stopped performing “in a kind of limbo”

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 free now, […]
  • Morocco: Rapper El Haked is finally set free

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Morocco: El Haked is finally set free After spending more than four months in jail, rapper Mouad El Haked is finally a free man. He received a conditional release until his case is to be continued in the court. The 24-year old rapper is one of the monarchy’s most audacious critics and has […]
  • Colombia: Rappers fighting for peace

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## 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 one of […]
  • 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 […]
  • Morocco: Call for immediate release of rapper

    NEWS 22 December 2011 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Mozambique: Hip-hop artist Azagaia arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 Gera Video interview The hip-hop artist, rapper and sociologist Azagaia […]
  • China: Controversial rap song banned and deleted from websites

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China: Controversial rap song banned and deleted from websites On 29 May 2011, one day before a planned large-scale Mongolian demonstration in Hohhot, the regional capital of Southern Mongolia, a rap song was banned and removed from all Chinese Internet sites immediately after it was posted, reported The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information […]
  • Egypt: ‘The Voice of the Street’ in Cairo could not be silenced

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: ‘The Voice of the Street’ in Cairo could not be silenced Despite censorship and harassment from the Egyptian military regime, the biggest ever line up of Arabic rappers and the spirit and resilience of the Cairo youth made Friday 4 November 2011 a night to remember, wrote Martin Fernando Jakobsen in his […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • Comrade Fatso

    COMRADE FATSO(Zimbabwe) ##PagePublishedLong## 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 Toyi, radical […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Hip-hop er soundtrack til ungdomopr

    ARTIKEL ##PagePublishedLong## Hip-hop er soundtrack til ungdomopr Hip-hop spiller en central rolle i opr Andre artikler om samme emneRitzau TV – 26 April 2011:‘Opr  Placér et link til denne side p L
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sudan: Young hip-hop artist detained in 12 days and beaten

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

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

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Group of rappers arrested The rap group Keur Gui from Kaolack was arrested for organising a “protest road show”. They were released four hours later. “I think that, sadly, this kind of intimidation is pretty standard,” said Freemuse correspondent Rose Skelton, explaining that arrests in Senegal have become standard procedure to anyone who […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Israel/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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Iran: Authorities warn about punishments for playing banned music in taxis

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Authorities warn about punishments for playing banned music in taxis If taxi drivers play banned music in their taxis, it could lead to cancellation of their taxi permit and confiscation of their cars, warned a government official. This was reported to Radio Free Europe by Golnaz Esfandiari. Rasul Abbasi, the director-general for transportation […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Iran: Music from ‘below the radar’ distributed on free CD

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Music from ‘below the radar’ distributed on free CD From a country where music is sometimes considered a crime, a compilation of underground rock, hip-hop and heavy metal music, compiled by the music centre Bar-Ax, was published as a free bonus-CD with the April-May 2010 issue of the British music magazine Songlines, no. 67. The […]
  • 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 […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip hop musician’s third year in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Hip hop musician’s third year in prison The magazine The Irrawaddy reminds us about an imprisoned musician, Burma’s popular hip hop artist Zayar Thaw, who is serving his third year under detention in a prison at Kawthaung. As well as being a musician, Zayar Thaw is also a social activist […]
  • 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 […]
  • Iran: 12 ‘satanist’ musicians reportedly arrested in Orumiyeh

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran: 12 ‘satanist’ musicians reportedly arrested in Orumiyeh On 25 October 2009 the news agency Reuters India quoted an Iranian newspaper which reported that 12 musicians accused of promoting satanism had been arrested in northwest Iran. “A number of people in the city of Orumiyeh who engaged in the promotion of satanism through […]
  • France: Censorship row over festival’s ban on rapper

    NEWS 20 July 2009 France: Censorship row over festival’s ban on rapper 27-year-old rapper Orelsan was removed from the programme of a major French music festival in the last minute — and then quickly became the centre of a national debate over censorship. Should rappers be able to sing whatever they like in the name […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Malaysia: Muslims barred from hip-hop concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia: Muslims barred from hip-hop concert The American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas is scheduled to perform at a theme park near Kuala Lumpur on 25 September 2009, but because the concert is spnsored by a brewery, the Irish beermaker Guinness, “the party is only open to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above,” […]
  • Iraq: First rap concerts in Baghdad

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iraq: First rap concerts in Baghdad “They say that this is something that is banned by religion. But I do what I want to do — nobody can tell me what to do,” the Iraqi rapper Mr Passion is quoted as saying in an AFP report from one of Baghdad’s first rap concerts […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop artist released from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma: Hip-hop artist released from prison On 6 January 2009, the Burmese military junta authorities released popular hip-hop singer Yan Yan Chan, who was arrested in April 2008, reported Mizzima News. The popular singer was released on Tuesday evening by the western district court in the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop performer sentenced to six years in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: 27-year-old performer sentenced to six years in prison One of the most popular performers on Burma’s music scene, hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, was sentenced to six years imprisonment by a Rangoon court on 20 November 2008 for his involvement in anti-regime protests, reported The Irrawaddy. Zayar Thaw (also known as […]
  • EU/USA: Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / Europe / USA:Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music Within a growing scene for Islamic hip-hop in the United Kingdom, women rappers are facing a tough time. When a woman tries to break into the scene she is often intimidated, or even threatened, reported the New Statesman magazine. […]
  • South Africa: Rap song banned for incitement to violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Africa: Rap song banned for incitement to violence The song ‘Get Out’ by Zimbabwean-born hip-hop artist Zubz has been banned on the South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC. This followed a complaint to the Broadcasting Compliants Tribunal of South Africa by a right wing party called Freedom Front Plus stating that the song […]
  • Mozambique: City authorities called rapper in for questioning

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Mozambique:City authorities called rapper in for questioning The rap artist Azagaia was summoned before prosecutors to explain the allegedly violent lyrics of a song he has written about the February 2008 riots in Maputo “The shadow of censorship has fallen across the Mozambican musical world,” writes Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique’s Paul Fauvet […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musicians are being arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma:Musicians are being arrested Two members of the controversial Burmese hip-hop group Acid have recently been arrested, possibly because of lyrics in some of their songs referring to the lack of press freedom in the country. Artists in Burma have had a hard time since the September 2007 demonstrations. In November […]
  • Nigeria: Actor jailed for releasing an uncensored music video

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria:Actor jailed for releasing uncensored music video The actor Adam A. Zango was imprisoned for producing and releasing an uncensored hip-hop video. The incident was a part of the ongoing crisis within the Kannywood film industry in northern Nigeria. Article by: Kristina Funkeson, Freemuse According to an article in Weekly Trust, Zango was […]
  • Tanzania: Hip-hop musicians threatened by religious group

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Tanzania:Hip-hop musicians threatened by religious group ‘Stern and prompt measures’ will be taken against any musician who use the name of Jesus Christ in song lyrics, warned a religious spokesperson to the newspaper Majira    By Lingson Adam, reporting for Freemuse from Arusha in Tanzania A member of Common God International, a Christian denomination in […]
  • USA: Gangsta rap condemned by local police

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Gangsta rap condemned by local police Police in Colorado Springs publicly condemned the music genre gangsta rap in a news release after a killing in July 2007, writes The New York Times After a spate of shootings, and already 19 homicides this year, the police in Colorado Springs are saying that gangsta rap […]
  • Malaysia: Student faces imprisonment for “seditious” rap

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Malaysia:Student faces imprisonment for ‘seditious’ rap Malaysian authorities to act against student over socalled ‘seditious’ national anthem rap on YouTube By Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Bangkok (SEAPA/IFEX) – Malaysian authorities are looking to come down hard on a student in Taiwan who has allegedly insulted nationalistic and Islamic sensibilities in a music […]
  • USA: Feminist critique censored for indecency

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Feminist critique censored for indecency The Federal Communications Commission censored Sarah Jones’ song ‘Your revolution’ for indecency. Ironically, Jones’s song is in fact feminist critique and a statement against indecency and more particularly the sexual exploitation of women in pop music. The spoken-word song ‘Your revolution’ was aired on the KBOO-FM radio station […]
  • Iran: Gradual changes through modern technology

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Gradual changes through modern technology The daily pan-Arabic newspaper Ashark al Awsat reports that changes are introduced gradually among the citizens of Iran – despite official bans and censorship. The article describes how there are two worlds in the country – contradicting each other and yet existing side by side. Mohammed Hossien Saffar […]
  • Zimbabwe: Rapper advised to change album title

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Rapper advised to change album title Maskiri, an urban grooves rapper with an explicit and cutting tongue, has been forced to change the title of his upcoming album in order for him to get airplay from the state broadcaster. By Zenzele Ndebele, reporting for Freemuse from Zimbabwe Maskiri (real name Alishias Musimbe) was […]
  • Iran: Official campaign against rap music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Official campaign against rap music Iranian police have been instructed to close rap studios in an official nationwide campaign to stamp out “obscene” rap music. A similar crackdown on online access to rap music in Farsi langauge is in the cards, reports Agence France Presse and BBC News. In an attempt to maintain […]
  • South Korea: Censors attempted to silence hip hop group

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## South Korea:Censors attempted to silence hip hop group Because the top-selling Korean hip hop group Epik High talks about social issues, the South Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism has tried to censor their songs, tells the group in an interview with The Korea Times Epik High is a three-member hip-hop group whose […]
  • USA: Grammy awards to blacklist songs containing the n-word

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Sing ‘nigger’ and your song will be blacklisted New York’s City Council has asked The Recording Academy, home of the Grammys, not to nominate musicians for Grammy awards if they use the word ‘nigger’ in their lyrics. Critics say it is a limitation of free speech On 28 February 2007 the City Council […]
  • USA: Rapper banned from New York radio station

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Rapper banned from New York radio station After being shot in the buttocks outside of the radio station Hot 97 in New York on 26 April 2006, rapper Gravy’s music has been banned from the station’s airwaves, reports Vibe Magazine “Gravy’s records will never play on Hot 97 again,” radio presenter Funkmaster Flex announced […]
  • Senegal: Self-censorship among rappers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Senegal:Self-censorship among rappers Rappers in Senegal are offered financial rewards if they agree to sing positive things about the political life in the country, but if they refuse to comply they are served backdated tax bills, reports Reuters’ Rose Skelton from Dakar. Harassment and death threats drives some artists to tone down their […]
  • Iran: Forbidden rap album becomes a hit

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Forbidden album becomes a hit A new album made by the group Dalu mocks the Islamic Republic’s top clerics. It has taken the country by storm, reports Iran Focus Iranian youths, who make up more than two thirds of the total population of 68 million people, have taken a liking to rap music, […]
  • China: Concert by American rapper Jay-Z censored

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China:Authorities censor concert by American rapperThe Chinese government has canceled an upcoming concert by the American rapper Jay-Z. It was due to take place at Shanghai’s Hongkou Football Stadium this month According to a spokesperson for promoter KS Production Company, Sun Yun, China’s Cultural Ministry had taken the decision of canceling the rapper’s […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Angry Islamists break up hip-hop concert with Kalashnikovs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Palestine:Angry Islamists break up hip-hop concert with Kalashnikovs Stone-hurling and stick-swinging teenage Hamas supporters chased the rap group P.R. (‘Palestinian Rappers’) off the stage. As pioneers of Palestinian hip-hop from the Gaza Strip, P.R. have learned the hard way that hip-hop is not popular among conservative muslims and Hamas (the Islamic Resistance Movement) […]
  • The music industry from the perspective of women

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## The music industry from the perspective of women These are the stories of two African women, living in a Muslim country, but more important is that these are the stories of two musicians and feminists. Above all, the author would like to point out that there are many similarities between these women and other women […]
  • Senegal seminar 2005 video English

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  • Wal-Mart: Market censors and market mechanisms

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Wal-Mart: Market censors and market mechanismsBackground information and articles on the biggest retailer in the US, who is often accused of censorshipIn 1996, singer Sheryl Crow caused controversy with the lyrics “Watch out sister, Watch out brother, Watch out children while they kill each other, with a gun they bought at Wal-Mart discount […]
  • Hip-hop, black Islamic nationalism and the quest of Afro-American empowerment

  • Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate Censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate CensorshipA collection of articles which examines the role of Clear Channel as market leader and, as some will say, the biggest corporate censor in U.S. history, with special focus on their role in the censorship debate following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The day after the September […]
  • Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11Over the years, the rapper Jadakiss has depicted a world of drug dealing, murder and other assorted mayhem without raising many eyebrows. But seven words in his new song “Why” – “Why did Bush knock down the towers?” – has gotten Jadakiss the most mainstream attention, and […]

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