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Kenya: LGBT music video banned

7 March 2016

The Kenyan Film and Classification Board banned Art Attack’s video for its remix of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights song ‘Same Love’ on the grounds that “it does not adhere to the morals of the country”, Kenyan newspaper The Star reported on 23 February 2016. Board chairman Ezekiel Mutua …

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Kenya: Three musicians accused of propagating hate speech

2 July 2012

  Three popular live musicians – John De’ Mathew, Muigai wa Njoroge and Kamande wa Kioi – have been accused of propagating hate speech. The Mugithi singers, who are popular live musicians, are allegedly singing songs in Kikuyu language that border on ‘hate speech’ against Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who …

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Somalia/ Kenya: Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile

10 February 2010

Fatma Adow is one of 25 women who on November 2008 faced the wrath of Somali militiamen the for taking part in a folklore dance galore in Somalia. She was interviewed in her Kenyan exile by Suleiman Mbatiah for IslamOnline.net “How can our own culture be ‘un-Islamic’?“ asks Fatma Adow. …

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Somalia: Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile

10 February 2010

Fatma Adow is one of 25 women who on November 2008 faced the wrath of Somali militiamen the for taking part in a folklore dance galore in Somalia. She was interviewed in her Kenyan exile by Suleiman Mbatiah for IslamOnline.net “How can our own culture be ‘un-Islamic’?“ asks Fatma Adow. …

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Kenya: Improved space for political lyrics

29 March 2007

Popular Kenyan singer and songwriter Eric Wainaina, who adresses issues of corruption and social injustices, compliments the government for not trying to strain his freedom of expression, although he has been kindly requested not to sing about corruption while the president is present By Morten Bonde Pedersen, MS, reporting for Freemuse from Nairobi …

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Kenya: Students Burn School in Protest Over Disco Ban

27 October 2003

Kenyan students set fire to their school, ransacked the kitchens and looted computers in a three-hour orgy of destruction after teachers banned video shows and discos, newspapers reported Monday. Police using tear gas dispersed teenagers at the Kinyui Boys School in eastern Kenya after many of its 760 pupils went …

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