Democracy in Dakar

19 December 2016

  Democracy in Dakar Documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal Directed by Magee McIlvaine, Chris Moore and Ben Herson Produced by Nomadic Wax and Sol Productions Language: Wolof and French with English subtitles. App. 60 minutes Senegal. 2008 Read more…  

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Senegal: Singer arrested and detained for indecency

22 June 2016

Singer Déesse Major was arrested and released after three days of detention on indecency and assault on morality charges brought on by complaints of the artist wearing provocative clothes, reported French global radio RFI on 22 June 2016. Troubles for the singer began in October 2014 when Adama Mboup, president …

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Senegal: Rapper Fou Malade acquitted in court

27 June 2014

The procecutor had asked for six months imprisonment to the rapper Fou Malade but eventually, the judge didn’t listen to him and gave him his freedom. Fou Malade – whose real name is Almamy Malal Talla – was detained after having delivered a speech where he said some controversial remarks about …

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Senegal: Didier Awadi speaks about self-censorship

1 October 2013

You can criticise presidents but not religious leaders, says Didier Awadi, one of Africa’s leading artists, to Freemuse Didier Awadi, for decades considered one of Africa’s most respected and outspoken artists, has criticized neo-colonialism, corrupt presidents and politicians. But even outspoken artists consider the fine balance between what may be …

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Senegal: Musicians at the forefront of protests

13 March 2012

In the lead up to Senegal’s controversial presidential elections on 25 March 2012, musicians are at the forefront of a campaign to stop president Abdoulaye Wade from running for a third term. While outspoken and engaged musicians have suffered threats, attacks and arrests, an increasing number of songs addressing the …

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Senegal: Freedom of speech record under fire

22 December 2011

Senegal, celebrated for being a bastion of peace and stability in a troubled region, is preparing for presidential elections in which 86 year old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade hopes to win a third term in office. The opposition say that Wade’s bid for re-election is unconstitutional and riots have already rocked …

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Senegal: Rapper arrested for criticising the president

2 August 2011

On 25 July 2011 Senegal’s police arrested the rapper Thiat to question him about his criticising of President Abdoulaye Wade. Dozens of his fans protested, and he was released after 24 hours in detention, on 26 July. Thiat (real name: Oumar Cyrille Touré) is a member of Senegal’s popular rap …

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Senegal: Group of rappers arrested

11 March 2011

The rap group Keur Gui from Kaolack was arrested for organising a “protest road show”. They were released four hours later. “I think that, sadly, this kind of intimidation is pretty standard,” said Freemuse correspondent Rose Skelton, explaining that arrests in Senegal have become standard procedure to anyone who makes …

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Senegal: Cote d’Ivoirian reggae singer banned in Senegal

8 January 2008

Reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly from Côte d’Ivoire was declared ‘persona non grata’ in Senegal in December 2007, after critizing Senegal’s president and calling for democracy. The Senegales authorities described his declarations on President Abdoulaye Wade and his critique of the rising corruption and maladministration in Senegal as “sensational, insolent …

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Senegal: Rappers’ quest for change

2 March 2007

During the last seven years, there has been a frightening rise in the number of censorship attempts on musicians, outspoken activists and journalists in Senegal. In the 2007 elections in Senegal, music played a vital part of political campaigning, reports Freemuse’s West Africa correspondent By Rose Skelton, Freemuse   In …

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Senegal: Self-censorship among rappers

1 September 2006

Rappers in Senegal are offered financial rewards if they agree to sing positive things about the political life in the country, but if they refuse to comply they are served backdated tax bills, reports Reuters’ Rose Skelton from Dakar. Harassment and death threats drives some artists to tone down their …

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Freemuse conférence au Sénégal

10 May 2005

This page in English.     Du 9 au 10 avril 2005 un conférence régoinal sur la Musique et la liberté d’expression en Afrique de l’Ouest a eu lieu à l’Institut de Gorée, Dakar, Sénégal. Par Aminata Touré Sagna, journaliste indépendante   Ce séminaire de 2 jours a regroupé une vingtaine …

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9 May 2005

This page in English.       Des artists sénégalais sur la censure musicale Pendant le séminaire au Sénégal Freemuse a interviewé Didier Awadi, Myriam et Ajah Sy, trois musiciens sénégalais. Dans ce clip vidéo ils nous parlent de la censure, l’autocensure, des sujets tabous et l’importance de la critique …

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Senegal seminar 2005 video English

9 May 2005

Pour la page en version fran   Senegalese artists on music censorship During the seminar in Senegal Freemuse interviewed Didier, Myriam and Ajah, three Senegalese musicians. In this video clip they talk about censorship, self censorship, taboos and the importance of constructive criticism. The clip is in French, but you …

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Senegal, le Quotidien: Quand la musique entre en conflit

29 April 2005

Par Simon Doniol et Babacar Diop – Le Quotidien, 11 avril 2005     Freemuse, organisation internationale basée au Danemark, mène depus 1998 un combat pour la liberté d’expression des musiciens et des compositeurs. L’organisation a donné rendez-vous aux acteurs du monde musical de l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour un week-end …

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Freemuse conference in West Africa in April 2005

26 April 2005

Pour la page en version fran Fruitful Freemuse conference in Senegal A regional conference on Censorship and West African Music was held at the Gorée Institute in Dakar, Senegal, on the 9th and 10th of April, 2005 By Aminata Touré Sagna, independent journalist   Video documentation   The event gathered …

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