• Norway/Russia: Musician cuts song from concert due to Russian pressure

    The Russian Consulate General in Kirkenes, a town in north-eastern Norway near the Russian border, has interfered with a literature festival in the area by voicing its concern over a sold-out concert to be held on 17 November 2016 by Norwegian folk musician Moddi and Russian Arkhangelsk Chamber Orchestra, reported The Barents Observer on 15 […]
  • Egypt: Mahraganat artists challenge limits

    For many youngsters in Egypt, mahraganat artists represent the voice of the people. They address social issues, relationships and drug problems. They operate in a landscape of recognition, occasional public and self-censorship and the consequences of the newly suggested committee for “the development of morals and conscience and the promotion of work ethics and values […]
  • Canada: Controversy over concert cancellation sparks public debate

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has decided to cancel performances by the Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa over what it calls her “deeply offensive language” and “inciting hatred” on Twitter because of her comments on the conflict in Ukraine. This has created an intense public debate in the country’s media and social media about artsfreedom and self-censorship. […]
  • Senegal: Didier Awadi speaks about self-censorship

    You can criticise presidents but not religious leaders, says Didier Awadi, one of Africa’s leading artists, to Freemuse Didier Awadi, for decades considered one of Africa’s most respected and outspoken artists, has criticized neo-colonialism, corrupt presidents and politicians. But even outspoken artists consider the fine balance between what may be important to address and what […]
  • Tanzania – Zanzibar: ‘Give sex or be blacklisted’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Zanzibar, Tanzania:‘Give sex or be blacklisted’ Why do we see and hear little of women musicians in Zanzibar? Read Lingson Adam’s report from an island where radio-DJs are known to have ‘blacklisted’ female musicians who refused them sexual favours, and where parents and husbands are reported to be at the core of strong […]
  • 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 […]
  • Musical responses to 9/11: List of allegedly ‘banned’ songs

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: The list of allegedly ‘banned’ songs In the wake of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, a list of 160 “lyrically inappropriate” songs was said to have been distributed to 1,200 radio stations in the US, and consequently bands such as Rage Against The Machine were allegedly banned from […]
  • Iran: ‘Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:’Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’ Excerpt from Chapter 8 in the report ’Unveiled: Art and Censorship in Iran’, published by Article 19 in September 2006. Chapter 8 is about music in Iran Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh is a lecturer with a doctorate in urban planning, who blends rap music with Persian classical poetry to […]
  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings’ Policies on Censorship of Music

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings’ Policies on Censorship of Music A look at the various censorship policies of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings – which holds a monopoly on broadcasting in the country – and how these policies have affected the musicians in Zimbabwe By Musavengana Nyasha – former Radio Zimbabwe presenter Since Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings holds a monopoly on broadcasting in […]
  • Elton John attacks new ‘era of censorship’ in America

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Elton John attacks new ‘era of censorship’ in America“There’s an atmosphere of fear in America right now that is deadly. Everyone is too career-conscious. They’re all too scared.” British singer Elton John has attacked what he calls a McCarthy-like “era of censorship” in America. Entertainers who speak out against the Bush administration or […]
  • USA: ‘Crash into me, baby!’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Crash into me, baby: America’s implicit music censorship since 11 Septemberby Eric Nuzum “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 […]
  • Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY ##PagePublishedLong## Commentary from South Africa: Music Freedom from self-censorship Day “Buying artists to advance some political party’s cause may not be censorship, but more often than not, it will lead to self-censorship, which equally places us on the slippery slope,”writes Mike van Graan, Secretary General of Arterial Network, in his Music Freedom […]
  • 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 […]
  • Ethiopia: Unanswered question of censorshiip at Teddy Afro’s first concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia:Unanswered question of censorship at Teddy Afro’s first concert since release Was it self-censorship or restrictions that held Teddy Afro back from playing his two most controversial songs at his triumphant ‘back-in-freedom concert’ which gathered 30,000 of his fans on 11 October 2009? By Tsigue Shiferaw — Freemuse’s correspondent in Addis Ababa An […]
  • Radio Freemuse: ‘Music censorship in Africa 2008’

    RADIO FREEMUSE 27 February 2008 Music censorship in Africa today This 15 minutes radio report is produced specifically for African radio stations that wish to inform their listeners about music censorship – for instance on the occasion of the global Music Freedom Day on 3 March Introduction to the programme (suggestion)“If you listen carefully the next […]
  • Somalia: Dilemmas facing Somali music and musicians

    ARTICLE 23 April 2008 Somalia:Dilemmas facing Somali music and musicians Musicians and singers in Somalia are continuously facing targeted killings, intimidation, injuries, and deprivation of their basic rights to work and express themselves freely by all sides in the country’s conflict, but these violations against Somali artists are not reported, writes journalist and author Abdulkadir […]
  • Tanzania: Self-censorship and fear in the “Island paradise”

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Zanzibar, Tanzania:Self-censorship and fear in the “Island paradise” Zanzibar is marketed to tourists as an “Island paradise”. The reality for its local musicians is quite different: Threats and intimidations to critical thought expressed through music have reduced musical creations and performances in Zanzibar to mere entertainment function. By Lingson Adam, writing for Freemuse […]
  • Ruba Saqr

    RUBA SAQR(Jordan) ##PagePublishedLong## In this interview the Jordanian singer Ruba Saqr speaks about the impact of music censorship – and in particular: artists’ self-censorship – in the Middle East. She connects the music censorship issue with development problems in society in general – in Jordan as well as in the rest of the Middle East. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Denmark/Tunisia: Danish orchestras cancel concerts in Tunisia

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark / Tunisia:Danish orchestras cancel concerts in TunisiaChris Poole & Kasper S Cyborg.dkChrisPoole.dkOriental-Mood.dk Related reading
  • Denmark: CD-album recalled due to fear of misinterpretation

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark: New CD-album recalled due to fear of misinterpretation Launch of new Danish album has been cancelled because the cover shows Jomi Massage in burka-like outfit in the colours of the Danish flag By Freemuse Postponing the release of Jomi Massage’s new album “may feel and be interpreted as self-censorship but it is […]
  • Denmark / Morocco: Danish DJ boycotted in Morocco

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Denmark / Morocco:Danish DJ boycotted in Morocco Moroccan night club has cancelled engagement of the Danish house-DJ Rune RK for “political reasons” The hit song ‘Calabria’ is created by Rune RK from Denmark, presently gaining popularity in many countries, including Morocco. But because Danish goods are being boycotted in Muslim countries due to […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship in post 9/11 USA

    FREEMUSE REPORT 13 February 2006 Eric Nuzum’Singing in the Echo Chamber’Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2005ISSN 1601-2127 Soon after the 9/11 attacks, the discussion concerning the long-term impact on free expression and personal privacy became heated and intense. Musicians have participated (directly and indirectly) in the public discourse, both through word […]
  • Germany: Opera show cancelled over fear of terror

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:Opera show cancelled over fear of violent reactions from radical Muslims After state security officials warned it could provoke dangerous reactions, a leading opera house in Berlin called off a production of Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ that features the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad Hans Neuenfels’ production of Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ had its premiere in […]
  • Germany: Cancelled Mozart opera show possibly reinstated

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:Cancelled Mozart opera possibly reinstated The Berlin opera house which cancelled a Mozart opera show because of concern it could provoke violence by Muslims now says it might consider staging the production after all Michael Schindhelm, head of the foundation that oversees Berlin’s opera houses, told German radio that he is working with […]
  • Bob Titley: Artists afraid to speak out

    INTERVIEW ##PagePublishedLong## US Music executive: Artists afraid to speak out Launching the new Freemuse report in Nashville, Freemuse founding member, Ole Reitov, met with one of Nashville’s leading music executives, Bob Titley, to discuss corporate censorship and self censorship in the US Bob Titley is one of the founding members of Music Row Democrats, which […]
  • UK/USA: David Byrne about self-censorship in 1981

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA:David Byrne about self-censorship: “We didn’t want to provoke” In the current debate in the Western world about self-censorship contra freedom of expression, and whether it is acceptable that musicians use samples from religious rituals, such as prayer or recital from the Qur’an, singer David Byrne and producer Brian Eno […]
  • Zimbabwe: Censorship of Locally Recorded Music

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Censorship of Locally Recorded Music in Zimbabwe Censorship, both voluntary and forced, is still part of the local recording industry in Zimbabwe By Emmanuel Vori – Gramma Records Marketing Director Censorship, both voluntary and forced has been part of the local recording industry in Zimbabwe from its early beginnings in the mid seventies […]
  • Senegal seminar 2005 video English

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  • Musicians and Censorship in Zimbabwe

    ARTICLES 12 May 2005 Musicians and Censorship in Zimbabwe Is enough being done to educate musicians on what the Censorship Board or Act requires? How has this affected members of the Musicians Union of Zimbabwe? By Albert Nyathi, musician and secretary general of Zimbabwe Union of Musicians General Introduction What might we say censorship is, ladies […]
  • Zimbabwe: A Case of Music Censorship Before and After Independence

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: A Case of Music Censorship Before and After Independence Why censor music? About the legislation, self–censorship, and propaganda, then and now By Omen Muza – researcher and art critic Why Censor Music? People in power the world over know the power of music – otherwise they would not be scared stiff of […]
  • 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 […]
  • Tracing the Footsteps – Censorship and Music in Zimbabwe

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Tracing the Footsteps – Censorship and Music in Zimbabwe In the aftermath of independence and the twenty-five years that have passed between 1980 and now, Zimbabwe’s music has taken on various roles in the political and social psyche of the country By Nyasha Nyakunu – journalist and researcher, MISA-Zimbabwe   A number of academics […]
  • PraCh

    PraCh(USA / Cambodia) ##PagePublishedLong## Born in Cambodia, but raised mostly in Long Beach, California, praCh is known as Cambodia’s first rap star. His first album reached number one in Cambodia, but was temporarily banned during election time. His music tells stories about the horror of living under Pol Pot and the ensuing hardships. On 21 […]
  • Six articles on music censorship in Zimbabwe

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Six articles on on music censorship in Zimbabwe Prepared in connection with a seminar on Music Censorship in Zimbabwe held Thursday 28th April 2005 at Mannenberg Jazz Club, Harare Read the articles as PDFContent of the pdf document: 1. Musicians and Censorship in Zimbabweby Albert Nyathi 2. Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings’ Policies on Censorship of […]
  • Zimbabwe: Blacklisted – My Personal Experience

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Blacklisted – My Personal Experience “The last five years have been my worst in as far as my artistic career is concerned,” states the Zimbabwean musician Leonard Zhakata in this personal account of how being blacklisted has affected him By Leonard Zhakata – Musician   I grew up in my rural village of […]
  • Zimbabwe: Singing The Walls Down

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe: Singing The Walls DownProtest music may be dead in the West, but it’s alive and well in Zimbabwe, where the oppressed and the impoverished find hope and strength in the songs of Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi.Extensive article with background information, interviews with Mapfumo, Mtukudzi, and with government officials. Article from Time […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Postscript to report on censorship in Zimbabwe

  • Musical responses to 9/11: From Conservative patriotism to radicalism

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalismby Martin Cloonan Read about 9/11 and music censorship in “Musical responses to September 11th: From conservative patriotism to radicalism” – a chapter by Freemuse chairperson Martin Cloonan, from the book “9/11 – The world’s all out of tune Populäre Musik nach dem 11. […]
  • Eminem censors himself

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Eminem censors himselfDespite the liberal use of expletives in the average Eminem sentence it appears that Slim Shady draws the line at playing his music to his young daughter, Hailie. Talking to MTV about a song on which his daughter contributes a few lines he revealed that he insists that she listens to […]
  • Damon Albarn: Music is destroyed by censorship

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Damon Albarn: ‘Music is destroyed by censorship’Three musicians took part in a press conference about music censorship during this year’s Roskilde Festival. The big business of the record industry exerts a covert censorship, which makes it incredibly difficult for musicians across the world to express themselves freely. That was the message from Damon […]
  • Adults only! New book on censored album covers

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Adults only! New book on censored album coversRoland Seim, Josef Spiegel (Ed.)  “Nur f Related reading:
  • Ban the bomb

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ban the bombPrimal Scream’s new album looks set to be banned in the US – for featuring their controversial song ‘Bomb the Pentagon’. The song, a bitter attack on US foreign policy, was premiered live just before the September 11 terror attacks.From New Musical Express See also the special section on September 11 […]
  • Primal Scream change title and lyrics

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Primal Scream change title and lyricsAs reported in April, Primal Scream’s new album looked set to be banned in the US – for featuring their controversial song ‘Bomb The Pentagon’. The song, a bitter attack on US foreign policy, now has a new title (‘Rise’ ) and totally different lyrics. Lead singer Bobby […]
  • Roskilde Festival 2003, Damon Albarn on music censorship

    FREEMUSE PRESS CONFERENCE, ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2003 ##PagePublishedLong## At the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Freemuse organized a press conference on freedom of musical expression, with Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Ty in the panel. Excerpts from the conference (RealVideo): The panel – from left; Ty, Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Katrine N. S 1. SELF-CENSORSHIP/MUSIC DURING WARTIME 9:46 […]
  • Freemuse report on music censorship in Zimbabwe

    FREEMUSE REPORT Banning EyrePlaying with Fire: Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music.Freemuse, Copenhagen, October 2001, ISSN 1601-2127Banning Eyre, one of the United States’ foremost journalists on African music, on the situation in Mugabe’s increasingly repressive Zimbabwe. Watch video from the official presentation of the report at WOMEX 2001, click Read abstract Read the reportRead postscript, […]
  • Press release: Post 9/11 USA report

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## ’Singing in the Echo Chamber’ Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11th New Freemuse report written by Eric Nuzum Publishing Date: 13 February 2006 Media contact : ‘As a result of their outspoken actions, many musicians have experienced strong resistance, sometimes resulting in censorship’ Soon after the 9/11 attacks, the discussion […]
  • Music during wartime

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Music during wartimeThe war on Iraq has in many ways affected freedom of musical expression; from The Dixie Chicks receiving death threats and being boycotted by many radio stations, to a new wave of protest music. Below is an extensive collection of links to articles related to music and the war on Iraq. February […]
  • Freemuse report on censorship in Nigeria: “Which way Nigeria?”

    FREEMUSE REPORT Jean-Christophe Servant“Which way Nigeria?” Music under Threat: A Question of Money, Morality, Self-Censorship and the ShariaFreemuse, Copenhagen, April 2003 ISSN 1601-2127 Many Nigerian musicians battle for economic and professional survival, as the NTBB (Not To Be Broadcasted) code at national radio/TV, payola, and Islamic Sharia Laws affects the freedom of musical expression in […]
  • Pop lyrics and their censors

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pop lyrics and their censors” Political correctness has imposed a new restraint on free speech.”Interview with Freemuse co-chair Martin Cloonan on music censorship today, from BBC;http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3395823.stmHow do pop lyrics get past the censors? Cloonan interviewed by BBC Front Row 12th of January 2004 (audio interview)http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/frontrow_20040112.shtml Related reading
  • Presentation of Zimbabwe report by Banning Eyre

  • Somalia: Attacks on music practitioners

    ACTIVITIES 09 October 2008 Somalia:Attacks on music practitioners in Somalia On 18 June 2008, unidentified men armed with knives killed a multi-skilled musician singer in Mogadishu: the musician Abdulkadir Adow Ali was stabbed to death. This is the report of a one-day seminar about music censorship and attacks on music practitioners in Somalia, which was […]
  • Australia: Rock band self-censored over fear of influencing trial

    NEWS Australia:Rock band changed song lyrics The Australian rock band Powderfinger changed the lyrics to one of its songs on its forthcoming album over fears it could prejudice an upcoming court case – or over fears of legal complaint An Aboriginal 36-year-old man, Mulrunji Doomadgee, died in custody on Palm Island in north Queensland in […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

    | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP 25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being implemented in countries all […]
  • Afghanistan: Strict self-censorship on Afghan music tv

    NEWS Afghanistan:Strict self-censorship on Afghan music tv “If I play that, I’ll get a letter the next day. Then, I’m out,” television producer Jamshid Matin told the Journal News on a visit in USA in November, 2005. Now back in Kabul, Jamshid was interviewed by Freemuse.By Ole Reitov, Freemuse How do you see the limits […]
  • Afghanistan: Wajiha Rastagar

    WAJIHA RASTAGAR(Afghanistan) The two wings against music censorship Wajiha Rastagar is one of the most famous Afghan female singers. Dr Samay Hamed talks with Wajiha Rastagar about her first steps towards music, how she became a singer, and how she sees the present situation in Afghanistan today An obvious symbol of freedom and change? If […]
  • Shoot the Singer! Book

    SHOOT THE SINGER! MUSIC CENSORSHIP TODAY 25 May 2004 Edited by Marie Korpe (Executive Director, Freemuse), published by Zed Books, London.Publication date: 18 May 2004. CD included. Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today was presented on 18 May 2004 at a combined book launch and one-day seminar on music censorship at SOAS (School of Oriental […]
  • United Kingdom: Britain at War

    ARTICLE Britain at War“Broadcasters have a history of being sensitive about certain material. I think it is probably true to say that it is not a matter in Britain of the central state saying, “you can’t play this”. It is a matter of broadcasters saying, “we’re supporting our boys in this one, we’re not going […]

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