UK seminar: ‘Music and censorship: who calls the tune?’

1 December 2010
SOAS Department of Music and Index on Censorship invite you to attend a panel discussion on music and censorship on Friday 3 December at School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Music is the most censored of all the arts – from the restrictions facing musicians in Iran to the pressures of the global market. Join us for a panel discussion with leading performers, broadcasters, producers and commentators with:

• David Jones, director of Serious and London jazz festival
• Daniel Brown, journalist and broadcaster
• Malu Halasa, writer and editor
• Lucy Duràn, broadcaster and academic
• Khyam Allami, musician

Chair: Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censorship

The event will include a special short-film screening by Aramram, an independent film production company based in Jordan. Baddil Musiqah (7 minutes, Arabic with English Subtitles) is a no-budget short web-film which gives an insight into what is on the minds of young independent Arab musicians in the region today.

For more information please email Khyam Allami:

Location: Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG, London, United Kingdom




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Biographies of the speakers

Khyam Allami is a musician. This year he was the first recipient of the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy scholarship and made his debut at WOMAD and the BBC Proms. He is an alumnus of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University (BA Music, MMus Performance) and is currently teaching the ‘ud (Middle Eastern Lute) there.

Daniel Brown is the senior journalist, DJ and producer of a weekly radio music programme ‘World Tracks’. He is also vice-chair of Freemuse, the Danish-based NGO that defends musicians’ human rights worldwide. He was involved in the feature-length documentary ‘An Independent Mind’, directed by Rex Bloomstein, on freedom of expression…and its limits.

Lucy Durán is a university lecturer specialising in West African and Cuban music, and is based in the music department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She is also a broadcaster (BBC Radio 3’s World Routes), for which she has travelled around the world and is music producer of albums by several leading West African artists, including Toumani Diabate, Manecas Costa, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoniba and Kasse Mady Diabate.

Jo Glanville is editor of Index on Censorship, an award-winning quarterly publication dedicated to supporting freedom of speech and examining the politics that surround the issue. The current issue ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’ focuses on music and censorship. Contributors include Daniel Brown, Malu Halasa, Khyam Allami, Femi Kuti, Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and Daniel Barenboim.

Malu Halasa is a writer, journalist and editor covering the culture and politics of the Middle East. A former music journalist, and one of the first to write about hip hop in the UK press, her books include the acclaimed Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie (Chronicle) and Transit Tehran. Former managing editor of the Prince Claus Fund Library, she was a founding editor of Tank magazine.

David Jones is a director of Serious and the London Jazz Festival. Serious is a creative producer of international music. Responsible for a wide range of concerts and special events, the company works with artists, venues and festivals in Britain and internationally. David has a particular interest in working with artists to develop events that explore international and cross-media ideas. He is currently developing the River of Music programme for the Olympic Games in London in 2012, and Central Asian work with the Aga Khan Music Initiative.

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