‘Freemuse Ambassador’ plays Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway

26 November 2007

Televised to 100 countries, ‘Freemuse Ambassador’ Salman Ahmad and his band Junoon will perform with artists from all over the world at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday 11 December 2007.

In just a few years the yearly Nobel Peace Prize Concert has grown to become a major international music event reaching tv-viewers in 100 countries world-wide. This year, Salman Ahmad – who recently was appointed as a Freemuse Ambassador – will join artists Alicia Keys, Juanes, Earth Wind & Fire, and Annie Lennox when they celebrate this years’ Nobel Peace Prize help spread the message of peace.

Salman Ahmad will perform with his band Junoon – Asias’s biggest rock band ever. He has even been requested to play at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony on 9 December 2007 as well, where he will be joined by tabla virtuoso Pandit Samir Chatterjee.

Salman told Freemuse: “I will dedicate these performances to the Pakistan lawyers movement for the restoration of the Supreme Court judges and independance of the judiciary as well as Pakistan’s civil society, media, students and rights activists who have heroically protested against the Musharraf government’s illegal action of imposing emergency in Pakistan.”

Salman Ahmad and Freemuse
Salman Ahmad has collaborated with Freemuse since 2000 and joined a Freemuse seminar in Beirut in October 2005. Earlier this year he visited Denmark and Sweden to show his film “The Rock Star and the Mullahs”, and he is one of seven artists who have agreed to promote the work of Freemuse as an ‘Ambassador’ for the organisation.

Nobel Peace Museum
The concert in Oslo is Freemuse’s second link to the work of the Nobel Peace Foundation. Just two months back the Nobel Peace Museum opened a new exhibition on freedom of expression.

This exhibition includes a section on music censorship developed by Freemuse, and Salman Ahmad will be able to look at his own story at the museum.

Nobel Peace Prize shared
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.





Click to read more about the 'Freemuse Ambassadors'
Salman Ahmad – ‘ambassador’ for Freemuse

Click to see Salman's presentation in CopenhagenSee also:  Salman Ahmad visits Denmark: Focus on arguments against religious music prohibition


Freemuse interview with Salman Ahmad:

‘Salman Ahmad tells about his experience of meeting with clerics in Pakistan’
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About the Nobel Peace Center exhibition in Oslo:

Norway: ‘Exhibition about freedom of expression’

About the Nobel Peace Prize Concert:

About Junoon: (search: ‘Junoon’)
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