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INSIGHT publication: Targeting the Arts 2015

18 May 2016

» Read on issuu.com Targeting the Arts Documenting incidents of censorship has never been enough. From the very beginning Freemuse has attempted to put censorship of music and arts into a larger context. In 2015 we introduced INSIGHT – a series of articles providing readers with analytical stories on censorship of …

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Mali: Three years after the music ban

14 December 2015

When the religious music ban in the northern part of Mali was lifted in 2013, Andy Morgan wrote the book ‘Music, Conflict and Culture in Mali’. Here is his account of what has happened in the country since then. By Andy Morgan    INSIGHT  One of the accusations often levelled at …

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Mali: What the musicians have to say

1 March 2013

Quotes from musicians and a festival organiser in Mali who were interviewed by Andy Morgan for the Freemuse report: ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’ Rokia Traore: “Under shari’a, it would mean that people like me could no longer live in Mali. Obviously, I’m a Muslim. I’ve always been a believer, …

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Recommended Mali music for airplay

1 March 2013

New CD in support of Mali musicians Freemuse has supported Clermont Music’s production of a new CD with music which was recorded at the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu, Mali. Clermont Music supports the mission of the Festival au Désert and manages and releases recordings primarily from the western Sahara …

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Freemuse report: Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali

28 February 2013

    ANDY MORGAN: ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’ In relationship to Music Freedom Day 2013, Freemuse publishes a very extensive documentation of how music has been affected in Mali.The 64-pages report, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, is written by Andy Morgan — one of UK’s most respected …

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Holland: Music Freedom Day ‘wake-up call’

28 February 2013

On 13 February 2013 in Bimhuis, Amsterdam, the Dutch World Music Forum NL, a part of the World Blend Cafe, will organise a special Freemuse event on Mali. World Blend Cafe is an indepent platform for everybody and everything to do with world music in Holland. More information about the …

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Freemuse Award winner 2013: ‘Festival in the Desert’ in Mali

6 February 2013

“The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, Executive Director, Freemuse. From Bamako, Founder and Festival Director …

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Freemuse Award 2013: Ørkenfestivalen Festival au Désert

6 February 2013

Malis verdensberømte ørkenfestival ‘Festival au Désert’ modtager Freemuse Award 2013. “På trods af militante ekstremisters forsøg på at forbyde al form for musik i Mali har festivalen kæmpet videre for at holde musiklivet i Mali levende – og dermed forsvaret retten til musikalsk ytringsfrihed,” siger Marie Korpe, leder af Freemuse, …

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Press release: Freemuse Award 2013 to Festival au Desert

6 February 2013

“The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, Executive Director, Freemuse. From Bamako, Founder and Festival Director …

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Lauréat du Freemuse Award 2013 : Festival au Désert – Mali

6 February 2013

Le Freemuse Award est attribué à Festival au Désert qui s’efforce de maintenir en vie la musique au Mali. Ceci en dépit de menaces constantes émises par les extrémistes liés à Al-Qaïda installés dans la région depuis plus d’un an. Depuis Bamako, Manny Ansar, le fondateur et directeur du festival, …

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Freemuse Award winner 2013: ‘Festival in the Desert’ in Mali

6 February 2013

“The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, Executive Director, Freemuse. From Bamako, Founder and Festival Director …

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Mali: Music festival exiled to Burkina Faso

10 January 2013

Radio report from a music catastrophe area: The al-Qaida-linked militants in northern Mali have banned music of any kind, even cellphone ringtones, and have also put an end to the ‘Festival in the Desert’, which had been held for the past decade near Timbuktu. The festival will now transform into …

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Music Freedom Day theme: Musicians in Mali

21 December 2012

Over 3,500 musicians are reported to have been seriously affected by the religious ban on music in northern Mali. Many have left the region in order to be able to continue their lives as musicians. On Music Freedom Day 3 March 2013, Mali will be a focus area of the …

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Mali: The day the music stopped

18 October 2012

In the session ‘THE DAY THE MUSIC STOPPED: MALI’, journalist and Freemuse Vice Chair Daniel Brown talks to Manny Ansar who is Festival Director of the Desert Festival in Mali. Manny Ansar gives an insight into the difficulties faced by musicians in the Northern regions of Mali. The conversation is followed by …

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Mali: Rose Skelton reports from Bamako: Can musical Mali play on?

21 August 2012

  Islamism is on the march and threatening to wipe out the country’s cultural heritage, wrote freelance journalist Rose Skelton in the British newspaper The Independent on 18 August 2012. Malian artists have exported their music with more success than perhaps any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. And Malian music …

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Mali: Music banned from the radio in Timbuktu

4 June 2012

  Rebels captured the town of 50,000 citizens in northern Mali in April, and since the takeover in April, the Islamists of Ansar Dine, supported by Al Qaeda, have gained the upper hand over the Tuaregs. They are now aggressively promoting their hard-edged brand of Islamic law, Shariah, which means …

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Mali: Islamists have banned music in northern region

11 April 2012

  In Kidal, heartland of the Islamist Ansar Dine group, music has been replaced by prayer readings on the local radio. The group wants to impose strict sharia law across Mali. In three short days in the beginning of April 2012, a mix of rebel forces seized the three main …

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Articles

7 April 2010

Sorted alphabetical by author’s first name: Somalia: Music ban on radio stations was expected On 3 April 2010, the commander for Hisbul Islam in Mogadishu issued a 10-day ultimatum to radio stations to stop broadcasting music or face Sharia-based penalties By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays 07 April 2010 Somalia: Music suppressor …

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Mali: Religious song self-censored from computer game

22 October 2008

The launch of a new Sony Playstation 3 video-computer game ‘LittleBigPlanet’ has been delayed because it contained sung verses from the Qur’an and Sony feared this could cause anger among religious Islamic groups. ‘LittleBigPlanet’ was supposed to be one of the biggest game releases of the season in the Western …

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Mali: Salif Keita

1 September 2002

This is part of an interview with Salif Keita, conducted by AfroPop’s Banning Eyre and Sean Barlow in September 2002. Interview S.B.: You said that culture is rich but badly used, poorly exploited, as you put it. What do you mean? There are so many musicians with great careers, so …

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1970-1989 Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

1978 til 2011. Libya. Various artists The 1970s saw two urban trends emerge in Libya, as well as the emergence of the country’s first modern female signers. All this diversity pretty much ended in the late 1970s. Gaddafi’s aggressive ideological dictates began to infiltrate all cultural production in Libya. The …

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