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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

17 May 2014

Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause   In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video …

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Cameroon: Lapiro for ever

10 April 2014

The Cameroon musician Lapiro de Mbanga died on the 16 March 2014 in Buffalo in the United States. In Cameroon, his departure was highly regretted in spite of all the problems he had had with the judiciary. Lapiro’s legacy will live on. By Jane Bell In Cameroon, in the weeks …

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Cameroon / USA: Lapiro moves on to the other side

17 March 2014

By Daniel Brown One thing were his words. The other was the man, dubbed “the unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” in his native Cameroon. A ball of intensity who seemed unbent by his three years behind bars and the nigh-constant pressure before and after his release on 24 September 2011. …

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RIP Lapiro de Mbanga

17 March 2014

Singer and musician Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon – the “unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” – has died, 56 years old. By Freemuse Lapiro de Mbanga was a musical “freedom fighter” who articulated the daily injustices he witnessed in his songs – and was punished hard for his right to …

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Cameroon: Music Freedom Day event in Garoua

5 March 2013

COMPTE RENDU MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2013 Samedi 2 mars 2013 à Garoua Par Ebah Essongue Shabba Contexte et justification Dans le monde, on ne compte plus le nombre d’artistes ou de chansons censurés sur les stations de radio, des musiciens menacés ou agressés, des artistes qui se sont vus refuser …

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Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state

14 December 2012

  In the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’, Maran Turner and Alexander Cheparukhin give insight into two cases where artists have been speaking out and as a result ended up in prison. Maran Turner, Executive Director of …

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Cameroon: Petition for musicians

22 November 2012

  At the request of the International Federation of Musicians, LabourStart has launched a new online campaign in defense of the hundreds of members of the Musicians Union of Cameroon who were savagely attacked by police as they peacefully marched. SYCAMU President, Roméo Dika, who is also Vice-President of the …

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Cameroon: Musicians’ demonstration met with violence and arrests

15 November 2012

    On 8 November 2012, a peaceful demonstration was organised in the capital Yaounde by Cameroonian musicians who wanted to protest against the way royalties to artists are being distributed in the country. The demonstration was allegedly violently repressed by more than 1,000 policemen, and the musicians union leader …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US

13 September 2012

  Lapiro de Mbanga, who was imprisoned in Cameroon for three years for a song criticizing President Biya, has been granted asylum in the USA and arrived safely with his family on 12 September 2012. In his song ‘Constipated Constitution’ Mbanga criticized President Paul Biya for changing the constitution in …

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FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro

17 February 2012

Story from AllAfrica FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til den kendte sanger Lapiro de Mbanga, der skrev en ops   Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners? Editorial from The Nation (Nairobi), 12 November 2004, by Philip Mwaniki That Kenyan music has grown tremendously …

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Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

16 February 2012

 One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de Mbanga, one of Cameroon’s most …

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Cameroon: BBC radio interview with singer Joe la Conscience

17 August 2011

“I am the most banned artist in Cameroon today. The radios are afraid to play my music,” reggae artist Joe la Conscience told BBC in August 2011. “I has been arrested 15 times,” he told BBC Network Africa’s Randy Joe Sa’ah who took a bus trip with him from Douala …

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Cameroon: Lapiro back in court

20 June 2011

  Singer Lapiro de Mbanga has filed a case against the Chief Medical Officer of the Douala Central Prison for having denied him access to medical attention while in prison Bisong Etahoben reported from Douala on 18 June 2011 that when the matter came up at the Douala magistrate’s court …

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Cameroon: First video interview after Lapiro’s release from prison

8 May 2011

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed on 8 May 2011 — his first video interview since he was released from prison in Douala on 8 April after three years imprisonment. Interview by Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov          Cameroon       Interview article in French Cameroon-info.net – 24 June 2011: MBANGA: “Si …

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Cameroon: Freemuse visits Lapiro in prison

9 April 2011

After years of international campaigning, Freemuse finally managed to have a personal meeting with the musician Lapiro de Mbanga who has been imprisoned in Cameroon since 2008. Freemuse Programme Officer Martin Buch Larsen recounts that it was an intimidating affair to walk the prison yard of New Bell Prison in Doula and …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from prison

8 April 2011

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on Friday afternoon to hear about his expectations he …

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Cameroun: Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga l

8 April 2011

Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga blev l Presseomtale i Denmark avisen.dk/sangstjerne-parat-til-at-doe-for-frihed www.u-landsnyt.dk/nyhed/11-04-11/kendt-afrikansk-sanger-l-sladt   Presseomtale i Sverige sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=1012&artikel=4449241 contentisking.squarespace.com/blogg/2011/4/8/det-fria-ordet-i-noter www.kulturskaparna.com/i-shall-close-my-dirty-mouth-only-after-death    

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Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court

24 March 2011

  On Thursday 17 March 2011, just three weeks before the musician’s planned release from prison, Lapiro’s case was called to the Cameroon Supreme Court for what appeared to be superflous technicalities. Lapiro wtih his lawyers in front of the Supreme Court in Yaounde By Jen Bell The appearance at …

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Cameroon: Freemuse visits Lapiro in prison

17 March 2011

  After years of international campaigning, Freemuse finally managed to have a personal meeting with the musician Lapiro de Mbanga who has been imprisoned in Cameroon since 2008. Freemuse Programme Officer Martin Buch Larsen recounts that it was an intimidating affair to walk the prison yard of New Bell Prison in Doula …

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Cameroon: Musicians are silent after Lapiro’s imprisonment

20 October 2010

The fact that Lapiro is in prison for his music has discouraged other artists in the country to create any kind of innovative projects or critical song lyrics, writes a reporter from Cameroon about the ‘delicate situation’ in the country’s music industry “The situation of music in Camerooon is not …

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Cameroon: Lapiro fires back at Minister of Communication

30 August 2010

Lapiro de Mbanga, imprisoned since 2008 retaliates at Minister of Communication Issa Bakary Tchiroma, who on 30 July 2010 announced that Cameroon did not host any political prisoners. Lapiro responded swiftly to remind the Minister that he has been detained for his opinions since 2008. The imprisoned singer has now also …

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Cameroon: International Pen and Freemuse in joint appeal for Lapiro

30 June 2010

African Human Rights organisations and monitoring systems are urged to act on behalf of singer Lapiro de Mbanga. In a joint appeal letter International Pen and Freemuse ask for assistance in ensuring that Cameroon act in a manner consistent with its own legal obligations and those of international law and …

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Cameroon/Denmark: Danish minister drawn into Lapiro de Mbanga’s case

22 June 2010

Danish opposition parties demands investigation of financial support to co-owned Maersk company which has been accused of inhuman working conditions and co-responsibility for the imprisonment of popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Søren Pind has been asked to report to the Danish Parliament on the loans …

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Cameroun: Stolthed over “løver” – angst for sangers ord

16 June 2010

Mens Cameroun hylder sine fodboldspillere, sidder landets mest kendte sanger i  fængsel. Hvordan ville verden reagere, hvis Samuel Eto’o sad i fængsel? Af Freemuse Cameroun er med rette stolt af sine ”løver”, og landets præsident Paul Biya har al mulig grund til at være glad for, at verden retter opmærksomheden …

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Cameroon: United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro

9 June 2010

The secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visits Cameroon on 10 June 2010. By sending a letter to him, the American legal advocacy organisation Freedom Now makes use of this opportunity to make a pressure to Cameroon’s president Biya, asking Ban Ki-moon to request that the president releases the …

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Cameroon: Maersk Group accused for involvement in case against Lapiro

26 May 2010

In two articles published by the Danish magazine 3F and the newspaper Information on 22 May 2010, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the worldwide conglomerate operating in around 130 countries, is accused for being partly responsible for the imprisonment of the Cameroonese oppositional singer Lapiro de Mbanga. The Maersk group …

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Cameroon: International PEN releases new protest campaign for Lapiro

28 April 2010

The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN has launched a new protest campaign for the continuing imprisonment of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga in Cameroon. In November 2009, Lapiro de Mbanga was one of five cases highlighted for the Writers in Prison Committee’s annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer. The …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga honoured at Cameroon Music Awards

28 April 2010

Organisers of the Cameroon music and cultural awards, Canal D’Or, have honoured jailed singer Lapiro de Mbanga with a Life Time Achievement Award. The special tribute was presented in Douala to Lapiro’s wife, Louisette Lambo Sandjo, on 9 April 2010 in recognition of the artist’s work, especially his engaging lyrics …

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Cameroon / France: Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga

6 January 2010

Mondomix has launched a free-for-download album in support of the imprisoned cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga. “This album compilation is no ordinary compilation,” writes Mondomix, a French online resource for worldwide music and culture. The album was produced by artists who want to inform about what is happening to Lapiro …

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Press release: Imprisoned singer in Cameroon wins global award

25 November 2009

One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the president of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize.   Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as an “unceremonial sheriff …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award

25 November 2009

  One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the President of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as an “unceremonial sheriff …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

25 November 2009

Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause   In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video …

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Cameroon: Lapiro shortlisted for global award

26 October 2009

High profiled panel with conductor Daniel Barenboim points at imprisoned musician Lapiro for the final shortlist of The Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize. Meanwhile, a lawyers organisation backed up by former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, joins the Freemuse campaign for the singer’s release. Lapiro de Mbanga …

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Cameroun: Underskriftsindsamling for f

7 October 2009

Menneskerettighedsorganisationerne Freemuse og International PEN, jurist-organisationen Freedom Now, guitarproducenten Vigier og webstedet MyMondoMix.com  Deltag i Freemuse underskriftindsamlingen for at f  Placér et link til denne side 

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Cameroon: International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro

7 October 2009

The case against singer Lapiro de Mbanga has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US based lawyers’ advocacy organisation, is now officially monitoring his case. In an interview with Radio France International in the first week of October 2009, Maran Turner, executive director of Freedom Now, said: “Musicians …

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Cameroon: Lapiro is the one who has to pay for all

9 July 2009

  In this complicated case, there are problems of leadership, tribalism and politics, writes journalist Jen Bell in this personal commentary. She is convinced that singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s case is a political persecution in disguise. COMMENTARY by Jen Bell It is clear to me that Lapiro de Mbanga’s case …

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Cameroon: Interview with human rights advocate about Lapiro’s case

3 July 2009

Dr Hilaire Kamga is president of NHRC, New Human Rights Cameroon. He says: “This was an unfair trial. Now there must be lobbying actions.” By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon Freemuse: What are your impressions, now after Lapiro’s judgement? Hilaire Kamga: These were everything but normal proceedings. These were …

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Cameroon: Interview with Lapiro de Mbanga

3 July 2009

”This is the trial of the voiceless”Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed just a few hours before the verdict of three years imprisonment and a fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon in the …

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Cameroon: Lapiro’s case taken to Supreme Court of Appeal

2 July 2009

  “We are full of hope”, said Lapiro de Mbanga’s lawyer, Me Augustin Mbami, in an interview with Freemuse about which procedures are to be undertaken next, after losing the Appeal Court. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon “What I have to do now is to take the case …

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Cameroon: New verdict, same prison sentence to Lapiro

25 June 2009

Lapiro de Mbanga’s sentence of three years imprisonment and the fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. In addition, more than FCFA 500,000 was added to the singer’s fine. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon After nearly ten hours …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga loses appeal court

25 June 2009

 Cameroon power system strikes back at the popular singer. “It seems obvious that he has not got a fair trial,” says Freemuse programme officer. Press alert by Freemuse — 25 June 2009 An appeal court in Cameroon last night, on 24 June 2009, sentenced popular singer Lapiro de Mbango to …

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Cameroon: Singer Mbanga – Flurry in the court room

25 May 2009

 After appearing in court on 28 April 2008, singer Lapiro de Mbanga still found himself leaving the court’s witness box on 13 and 15 May 2009 without a verdict. Instead, he was ordered to reappear in court on 26 May. The adjournments of his case appear to be never-ending. By …

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Cameroon: Singer Mbanga faces endless hearings

23 April 2009

False evidence, delays and rumors appear to play an essential role in keeping the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga in prison. In the meantime, Lapiro de Mbanga’s health deteriorates. Lapiro de Mbanga, the Cameroonian musician and political opponent to the current president of the country, is seemingly facing endless trials …

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Cameroon: Lapiro receives award on Music Freedom Day

9 March 2009

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga finally received his ‘Freedom To Create Award’ when Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed it over to him on Music Freedom Day 2011. Lapiro de Mbanga with the Freedom to Create prize. It was handed over to him by Freemuse Programme Officer Martin Buch Larsen     …

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Cameroun: Musician Lapiro de Mbanga faces new trial

11 February 2009

The government of Cameroon is being accused of severe violations of human rights as the musician Lapiro de Mbanga is confronted with a new trial on absurd charges that it was a song of his that led to the destruction of a banana plantation. Can a song make workers destroy …

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Cameroon: Campaign for release of Lapiro

17 December 2008

  The company Vigier launches a new campaign for the release of the Cameroonese musician Lapiro de Mbanga. Vigier is the company that supplied Lapiro with a guitar that he has used in more than 20 years to create his music. It is seldom that music companies openly protest against …

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Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail

25 September 2008

Several news sites reported that the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga was sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in anti-government riots in Cameroon in February 2008. Protests and appeals The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the three-year prison sentence and exorbitant …

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Cameroon: Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics

7 August 2008

CAMPAIGNS AND ACTION  The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the four-month detention of the well known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga. International Pen Writers in Prison Committee’s Rapid Action Network sent the following appeal on 7 august 2008: The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of …

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Cameroon: Singer taken to court in chains

15 July 2008

One of Cameroon’s best-known singers was in chains when he was brought to a court room on 9 July 2008, accused of causing anti-government riots in February. Lapiro de Mbanga’s case, however, was adjourned to 23 July. Another arrested musician, Joe La Conscience, was released on 16 June. Lapiro de …

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Cameroun: Emprisonn

24 April 2008

Un musicien arrêté, un autre condamné à six mois d’emprisonnement pour avoir critiqué des amendements constitutionnels qui permettent au Président de rester au pouvoir durant toute sa vie, rapporte la Fondation des Médias pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Deux musiciens renommés, Lapiro de Mbanga et Joe La Conscience, ont été arrêtés …

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Cameroon: Imprisoned for singing ‘Constipated Constitution’

24 April 2008

Two musicians have been arrested for criticizing constitutional amendments which allows the president unlimited terms of office, reported Media Foundation for West Africa Two renowned musicians, Lapiro de Mbanga and Joe La Conscience, have been arrested and detained by the authorities in Cameroon for singing songs in which they criticized …

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Cameroun

2 January 2000

Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state Video clip of the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’. 14 December 2012   Cameroon: Petition for musicians LabourStart has launched an online …

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