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Let Women Sing

21 July 2017

In 2017, Freemuse began its Let Women Sing campaign, shining a spotlight on female artists, who face some very violent and direct censorship restrictions globally. The right to perform at a festival isn’t the same for everyone. In some countries, female musicians are censored, attacked, threatened or even killed, simply …

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Afghan Star

19 December 2016

Afghan Star   A Channel 4 Documentary Foundation production in association with Tolo TV Directed by Havana Marking With the singers Setara Hussainzada, Rafi Nabaazda, Hameed Sahkizada, Lima Sahar, Daoud Sediqi In English, Dari and Pashtun with English subtitles. Running time: 88 minutes Distributor: Zeitgeist Films Film website: Afghanstardocumentary.com Afghanistan. 2008 …

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Afghanistan: Kandahar authorities ban broadcast of songs by women

26 May 2016

Local Ministry of Information and Culture authorities in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan have banned women’s songs from being broadcast across local media, directly affecting the 11 radio stations in operation in the area, reported Afghanistan’s TOLONews on 23 May 2016. Head of Wranga Radio in Kandahar told TOLONews …

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FILMS AND VIDEO ABOUT MUSIC CENSORSHIP

26 March 2015

A list of films and documentaries relating to music and music censorship Last updated on 26 March 2015     Please note that only few of the film titles listed below are about ‘music censorship’ as the only topic. In numerous cases, coverage and story telling about music censorship and …

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Afghanistan: Theatre performance attacked by suicide bomber

13 December 2014

On 11 December 2014 a 17-year-old suicide bomber blew himself up inside a school auditorium in Kabul where a theatre play condemning suicide bombing, ‘Heartbeat: Silence After the Explosion’, was being presented by students of Kabul University’s Cinema and Theatre Department of Fine Art Faculty Several persons were killed by …

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Afghanistan: Religious leaders stopped ‘immoral’ eid celebration concert

22 August 2012

An eid celebration concert by the popular young singer Shafiq Mureed was cancelled after local mullahs had labelled his music ‘immoral’, reported Freemuse’s regional network partners in Afghanistan. The city of Herat is one of the most sophisticated and culturally active towns in Afghanistan. A call from religious leaders in …

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Afghanistan: Music is making a comeback

4 July 2012

After decades of civil war and the Taliban’s ban on music, Afghanistan is trying to resuscitate music, and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music is one avenue toward that goal, reported Zia Ur Rehman in July 2012. Many musicians fled the country during the Taliban’s crackdown, but now some are …

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Dari

12 January 2012

          Wimpy Wasp Player   Flash Player upgrade required     ساره ابوی 3:15 مدت     به آن عده از موسیقی دانان ، شعرا و نویسنده گان و همچنان خبر نگاران ، نویسنده گان انترنت و فلم سازان که بخاطر اظهار عقاید شان از طریق …

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Afghanistan: Freemuse workshop in Kabul

25 November 2011

  At a workshop in Kabul participants from all over the country identified some of the key problems that make life difficult for Afghan musicians and composers. Musicians in Afghanistan continue to face several security problems. The problems are not only related to threats from Taliban but even from warlords. …

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Afghanistan: First rock music festival

14 September 2011

  Afghanistan’s first rock music festival, ‘Sound Central – The Central Asian Modern Music Festival’ is an advocacy event for freedom of expression at a critical time. “Sun, peace, and amplifiers”, wrote the organizer of Afghanistan’s first rock music festival as a kind of slogan for the event. But then …

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Afghanistan: Witnessing a resurge in music

24 November 2010

Pashto music can now be heard in almost every nook and corner of Afghanistan, reported PRlog. Today many Pakistani film makers are coming to Afghanistan to engage Pashto performers and artists for tv serials and movies. Although they are regularly receiving threats from the Taliban and religious fundamentalists, they are …

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Afghanistan: Bomb blast at Farhad Darya’s concert

30 September 2010

A bomb blast at a concert by Afghanistan’s top singer held in the Westerm city of Herat wounded at least 13 people on 14 September 2010, reported ABC News. Read the full story:     Afghanistan ABC News – 15 September 2010: ‘Bomb blast at Afghan concert injures 13 fans’ …

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Afghanistan: Music stores have become a new target

6 September 2010

A string of music stores have become a new target for militants suspected to be Taliban enforcers — even in once-stable havens such as Jalalabad, reported Hashim Shukoor, a special correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, along with The Guardian’s correspondent Jon Boone. In Jalalabad, roving enforcers have started targeting music stores …

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Afghanistan: Protest singer forced into exile after receiving threats

17 June 2010

Afghan singer Shakib Mosadeq dared sing songs of political protest, and was subsequently forced to leave his country, reported Global Post on 16 May 2010 “Freedom of speech in Afghanistan is allowed only if the speech remains void of substantial political content,” wrote Nushin Arbabzadah in her article for Global …

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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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Afghanistan: Ban on women singers debated in Herat

15 March 2010

A Morality and Knowledge Association recently established in Herat wants to ban women’s voices from the airwaves, reported Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda from Herat The privately owned association has about 60 staffers, says its director, Aminullah Mohtasem, all of whom work voluntarily. Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda wrote in …

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Afghanistan and Pakistan: Understanding the Taliban’s campaign against music

23 June 2009

  Renowned British ethnomusicologist John Baily and Freemuse executive director Marie Korpe spoke to Radio Liberty correspondent Abubakar Siddique about the Taliban’s campaign against music and musicians in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Excerpts: By Abubakar Siddique, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty correspondent The Taliban justifies their crackdown on artists by …

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Afghanistan: Afghan idol: ‘My life is under threat’

1 April 2009

20-year-old Lima Sahar charmed her way into the third spot of the 2008 version of the wildly popular ‘Afghan Star’ competition, beating more than 2,000 rivals in votes sent by mobile telephone text message. Now in exile, she fears for her life.   Lima Sahar   A year ago Lima …

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Afghanistan: Music programmes lead to arrest

25 March 2009

0n 23 March 2009, Afghanistan’s attorney general office arrested Fahim Kohdamani, the manager of Amroz TV, allegedly for broadcasting “anti-Islamic” and “vulgar” programmes on his music show ‘Biya wa Bibin’ (‘Come and See’).. According the general attorney’s office, he was arrested because of a letter from the Commission for Media …

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Dari

12 January 2009

Wimpy Wasp Player   ساره ابوی 3:15 مدت   به آن عده از موسیقی دانان ، شعرا و نویسنده گان و همچنان خبر نگاران ، نویسنده گان انترنت و فلم سازان که بخاطر اظهار عقاید شان از طریق کارکرد های هنری مورد تعقیب و تخویف قرار می گیرند بائیست توجه …

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Afghanistan: Musicians kidnapped by Taliban

17 December 2008

A group of six Afghan musicians has been kidnapped by the Taliban for defying a ban on music. This was reported by Agence France-Presse and various news media in Asia and Australia. According to Times of India one of the six musicians abducted on 13 December 2008 was found dead …

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Afghanistan: Short video about music and ‘community censorship’

14 July 2008

In a short documentary video about music and ‘community censorship’ in Afghanistan, the 19-year-old Afghan singer Mariam says she gets verbal abuse all the time as well as stones thrown at her in the street. Even though Mariam is regularly insulted and attacked, and her family wants to stop her …

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Afghanistan: New media restrictions according to Sharia law

21 April 2008

On 21 April 2008 the Ministry of Culture and Information in Afghanistan sent out a letter entitled ‘Letter 653’ to all Afghan tv, radio and printed media houses, ordering a new kind of restriction – or self-censorship – in the country’s media. By Samay Hamed – reporting for Freemuse from …

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Afghanistan: Restrictions on music discussed in parliament

2 April 2008

On 1 April 2008 a commission for cultural and religious affairs in Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament suggested to impose new restrictions on music and dance performance in Afghanistan. By Samay Hamed reporting for Freemuse from Kabul The main articles in the proposal from the commission for cultural and religious affairs …

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Afghanistan: Singer becomes symbol in the struggle for music freedom

13 March 2008

18-year-old Lima Sahar has placed herself in the middle of Afghanistan’s continous gender and music struggle. She could become the winner of the tv show ‘Afghan Star’ – the war-torn country’s answer to ‘American Idol’ which is drawing millions of viewers despite being condemned as ‘un-Islamic’ by Kabul’s Islamic council …

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Afghanistan: Singing ban is illegal, says governor

4 March 2008

The governor of Balkh province, Ata Mohammed Noor, said that the decision of the religious council to ban singing of young male artists in weddings is illegal. He promised to solve this problem soon. Ata Mohammed Noor’s statement was sent in a message on the occasion of the annual Music …

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Music Freedom Day 2008 – index

3 March 2008

 See the Music Freedom Day concert at Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center: nrk.no/nett-tv What happened on Music Freedom Day in 2008?3 March 2008 was observed as a global ‘Music Freedom Day’. Seminars and concerts were held in Norway, Afghanistan and Congo-Brazzaville. The concert in Oslo was broadcasted on national radio in …

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Afghanistan: Ghazal Ahmadi

25 February 2008

  Ghazal Ahmadi is a film actress in Afghanistan, and is also known for performing in music videos. Click on the photo two times to start the video.   In this interview Ghazal Ahmadi speaks about her experience as a music student who stopped learning how to play the guitar …

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Afghanistan: Safdar Tawakoli

25 February 2008

  Safdar Tawakoli is a leading Hazara folk singer and dambura player in Afghanistan. Since the 1950’s Tawakoli’s song ‘We are all brothers’ has been famous as a national unity song. It was re-recorded by the singer Farhad Darya in 2002.   Click on the photo two times to start the …

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Afghanistan: Sahar Afarin

25 February 2008

  Sahar Afarin is an up-and-coming star. She had her national break-through in 2006 when she recieved the honourary titles ‘Artist of Radio Television Afghanistan’ and ‘Golden Star of National TV’. Click on the photo two times to start the video. In this interview the 21-year-old singer explains how she …

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Afghanistan: Zhakfar Hussaini

25 February 2008

  Zhakfar Hussaini was censor in Afghanistan Writers Association in Balkh in 1986-1992. Today he is a poet and a graphic designer. He is also head of Afghanistani PEN’s publication section. Click on the photo two times to start the video.   In this interview Zhakfar Hussaini explains the way …

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Afghanistan: Aiab Gul Delshad

25 February 2008

  Aiab Gul Delshad is the head of Afghanistan’s Music Union, and also a famous folk singer. He started working with Radio Afghanistan in 1950. Aiab Gul Delshad was arrested once, and imprisoned and tortured another time, because of a few words in two song lyrics.   Click on photo …

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Afghanistan: Aziz Ghaznawi

25 February 2008

    Aziz Ghaznawi is an authority on music administration in Afghanistan. Aziz Ghaznawi is also a singer, and his songs have been broadcasted on air since 1965. He was employed by Radio Afghanistan in 1968 where, during a period, he was head of the music production department. Click on …

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Afghanistan: Baktash Kamran

25 February 2008

  Baktash Kamran is a lead singer in his own band, Kamran Music Group, famous amongst young Afghans. Baktash Kamran is the son of the popular Afghan comedian, Haji Mohammad Kamran. Click on the photo two times to start the video.     In this interview Baktash Kamran speaks about …

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Afghanistan: Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat

25 February 2008

  Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat is a famous Pashto folk singer from the south of Afghanistan. He is a board member of Afghanistan Music Union, and has been working for Radio Television Afghanistan since 1978. Click on the photo two times to start the video.     In this interview Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat …

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Afghanistan – special report: The cage is singing

25 February 2008

  In-depth report with ten video interviews about music censorship in Afghanistan – past and present By Samay Hamed During the Taliban regime all music was banned in Afghanistan. But even before this dark chapter of Afghan history musicians suffered from censorship. This special report presents 10 unique video interviews …

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Afghanistan: Nairez

25 February 2008

  Fazl-u-Rahman Nairez is a famous singer in Afghanistan, mostly known from national tv performances. Nairez was one of the singers who were forced to sing praisal songs for the Taliban regime in 1996-2001. Click on the photo two times to start the video. In this interview Nairez speaks about …

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Afghanistan / UK: Film festival celebrates banned music

18 February 2008

A film festival entitled ‘Reel Afghanistan’ celebrates the Afghan art form which was banned by the Taliban: music. A concert featuring two bands, Kharabat and Qawali Sham Sufi, takes place on 24 February in Edinburgh. When the Taliban ransacked Afghanistan’s national film archives, some canny employees hid reels with 100,000 …

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Afghanistan: Female musicians put their lives in danger

15 January 2008

A report from a music school in Kabul, published in San Francisco Chronicle, is a story about the kind of difficulties and dangers female musicians face in present day Afghanistan. They must practice music under cover, work in secret, and be careful to protect their names and never show their …

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Afghanistan: Broadcast of Colombian singer censored

20 November 2007

Senior Muslim clerics and members of Afghanístan’s Ministry of Culture warned the country’s largest private television station Tolo TV of “serious consequences” and possible legal action following the broadcast of a concert by Shakira, even though Tolo TV had covered her chest with computer pixellation.A performance by the Colombian pop …

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Afghanistan: Bomb hits music shop

23 October 2007

A bomb exploded in a music shop in a small town in Eastern Afghanistan and hurt the shopkeeper, an official said to AFP The official said that the attack on the music shop may have been carried out by Taliban extremists who say secular music is un-Islamic and corrupting. Attacks …

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Afghanistan: Famed exiled singer returned after 18 years

23 October 2007

 One of “Afghanistan’s living treasures”, singer Farida Mahwash stepped foot in Afghanistan for the first time in almost two decades to give a series of benefit concerts in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif in October 2007, reported San Francisco Chronicle “I’ll have programs there and collect money, and give this money …

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Afghanistan: Music download shop attacked, two killed

9 May 2007

Two people were killed and several wounded by a bomb that exploded in a music download shop in Afghanistan’s southeastern town of Khost on 22 April 2007 A bomb blast in a mobile telephone shop where residents regularly download music into their mobile phones, two men were killed and seven …

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Mirwaiss Sidiqi: Music in Afghanistan 2006

11 January 2007

  Mirwaiss Sidiqi of the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia works with music education in Afghanistan. In this interview he speaks about the present situation concerning music in Afghanistan – as it appeared by the end of 2006 – and also more generally about the power of music. …

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Afghanistan: Fewer music prohibitions on religious grounds

28 September 2006

According to a new report from U.S. Department of State conditions for music in Afghanistan are improving. The Afghan government rejects claims that Afghan authorities should have issued a list of restrictions on broadcasting in June 2006  The broadcasting restriction case is mentioned in a report which was released on …

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Afghanistan: Interview with Jamshid Matin X

1 June 2006

“They may actually kill me” Presenting music on tv in Afghanistan can be a dangerous job. Recently, one tv presenter was killed, and two others had to go in exile. This is an interview with Jamshid Matin X – a presenter and producer for a daily music show and a …

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Afghanistan: Singing about women critised by imam

8 May 2006

According to The Times’ correspondent in Kabul, Afghan DJ Besho has been criticised by an influential cleric among Afghanistan’s religious élite In public, few Afghans are willing to question the authority of the clergy or the inviolability of Islamic law. As such, it can have a significant influence on DJ …

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Afghanistan: First female music performance in a decade

25 January 2006

As the first female singer to take to the stage in Afghanistan in more than a decade, Tajik singer Maniza Daulat performed for 1,500 male fans in Kabul. Afghanistan’s host of female singers, most of whom live overseas, are still reluctant to take to the stage, especially for live concerts. …

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Afghan singer Farhad Darya poisoned in Los Angeles

17 January 2006

On New Years Eve, the popular Afghan singer Farhad Darya fell ill and had to interrupt his concert in California. He was rushed to hospital where the doctors found remains of poison in his body By Hamid Roashan, Afghan2afghan.com On 31 December 2005, Afghan singer Farhad Darya was giving a …

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Afghanistan: Strict self-censorship on Afghan music tv

10 January 2006

“If I play that, I’ll get a letter the next day. Then, I’m out,” television producer Jamshid Matin told the Journal News on a visit in USA in November, 2005. Now back in Kabul, Jamshid was interviewed by Freemuse. By Ole Reitov, Freemuse How do you see the limits of …

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Afghan Children CD: ‘Alocha’

14 December 2005

Freemuse and Rebelle Records have supported the ever first production of a CD by and for Afghan children. It was recorded in Hamburg, where Hadia Rastagar and her German classmates sing 15 songs arranged by Farid Rastagar. The 15 songs CD has received massive coverage through Afghan and international media. …

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Afghanistan: Tolo TV wins Reporters Without Borders’ yearly prize

12 December 2005

This year’s winner of ‘2005 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize’  is Afghanistan’s main privately-owned TV station, Tolo TV. It was founded by an Afghan-Australian media group, Moby Capital Partners, and broadcasts very independent news and music programmes that contrast with the dry style of the government tv station. …

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Afghanistan: Bittersweet success of secret girl band

13 October 2005

The Afghan girl group, ‘Burka Band,’ continues to receive media attention and draw new fans, even though they are no longer active. The names of the three female band members remain secret to ensure their security.   They are labelled “Afghanistan’s first serious pop band since the fall of the …

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Afghanistan: Seven musicians killed by gunmen

26 September 2005

The popular singer Qhurban Nazar and six musicians have been killed by gunmen in northern Afghanistan, reports BBC News The singer Qhurban Nazar (also referred to as Qorban or Quarab) and six members of his orchestra was sprayed with bullets and killed as they were returning by car from a wedding party in north-western province …

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Afghanistan: music tv presenter receives asylum in Sweden

12 September 2005

On September 5, 2005, a refugee nightmare for the Afghan TV music show presenter Shakeb Isaar came to an end when he received the news that the Swedish authorities has accepted his application for asylum, giving him the rights to live and work in Sweden. “The paper from Freemuse and also from RSF helped, and I …

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Afghanistan: Wajiha Rastagar

30 May 2005

The two wings against music censorship Wajiha Rastagar is one of the most famous Afghan female singers. Dr Samay Hamed talks with Wajiha Rastagar about her first steps towards music, how she became a singer, and how she sees the present situation in Afghanistan today   An obvious symbol of …

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Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship

25 May 2005

130 Afghans have established a new musician’s organisation, the Afghanistan Music Foundation, with the objective of creating unification among musicians in the country – and to fight against music censorship and oppression of musicians   Text and video by Mik Aidt, journalist & Freemuse’s web editor Photos by Hafizullah Haidar, CSHRN …

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Just chant

4 May 2005

Report writer John Baily interviewed at the release of the Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan. Reuters    

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Abdul Samay Hamed: Censorship conference in Afghanistan

26 February 2005

  Dr. Hamed was facilitator of the first national conference on music and censorship in Afghanistan, held in the capital Kabul in April 2005. In this 3-minutes interview he explains about the outcome of the conference. Dr. Hamed is a renowned poet in Afghanistan. Apart from being a doctor, he is also …

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Breaking the Silence: Afghanistan documentary out on DVD

6 December 2004

Under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan musical instruments were destroyed and burned. The only music allowed was unaccompanied Taliban chants. Breaking the Silence was shot in Kabul just after the fall of the Taliban regime and portrays, among other things, the first concerts in the bombed-out city. Simon Broughton’s award …

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Afghanistan pulls cable channels

12 November 2004

Cable TV channels showing raunchy Bollywood movies and foreign music videos have – again – been taken off air in Afghanistan by the government. Viewers have been able to watch foreign channels, including much-loved Indian films, since the Taleban fell in 2001. Bollywood movies were banned under the hardline Taleban …

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Afghan TV U-turn on women singers

16 January 2004

Afghan state television has gone back on a decision to show female singers, saying the country is not yet ready for such broadcasts.     A song by the popular artist, Salma, was shown on Monday, the first time such images were broadcast since 1992. But the programming chief of …

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Woman singer angers Afghan judges

16 January 2004

Afghanistan’s supreme court has complained to the government over the appearance of an Afghan woman singing on state television“This has to be stopped,” Deputy Chief Justice Fazel Ahmed Manawi told the Reuters news agency.Story from BBC; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3396283.stm  

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Afghanistan report Post Scriptum, 2003

24 September 2003

A lot has happened in Afghanistan since John Baily first wrote the report for Freemuse in 2001. Read about the latest developments in this PS, which is also published in the latest edition of the print report. POST SCRIPTUM When I wrote this report for Freemuse in January 2001 I …

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Singing Kharabat’s praises

24 January 2003

Kabul’s musicians defy violent and abusive conservatives Despite harrasment and killings, the sound of music can be heard once again coming from the ruins of Kabul’s Kharabat Street, the cradle of traditional Afghan songs for centuries. Article from The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR)  

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Afghans ban cable TV

22 January 2003

  ”We are Afghans, we are Muslims, we have Islamic laws and values in our country.” Story from BBC    

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Aghan police beat musicians defying ban

16 October 2002

Police beat two Afghan musicians and threatened to bomb their office for violating a local ban on music reminiscent of that imposed by the former Taliban regime, a state-controlled newspaper reported today. The Anis Daily quoted the musicians as saying the incident occurred on Monday night at a wedding party …

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Afghan music: Concerto for shattered instruments, broken lives and new dreams

10 March 2002

Concerto for shattered instruments, broken lives and new dreams “Music was once the glue that held Afghanistan’s fissiparous society together,” says Baily. “We hope it may become so again.” Article on the charity concert for Afghanistan, and the BBC documentary ‘Breaking the Silence – Music in Afghanistan’. Story from The …

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Breaking the Silence: Music in Afghanistan

1 March 2002

Under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan musical instruments were destroyed and burned. The only music allowed was unaccompanied Taliban chants. Breaking the Silence was shot in Kabul just after the fall of the Taliban regime and portrays, among other things, the first concerts in the bombed-out city. ‘Breaking the Silence: …

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Afghanistan: Farhad Darya (2002)

17 January 2002

“The music is the strongest weapon ever. You could send your message through it’s magic, as far and as deep as you want. It brings hope! That’s why all dictators are afraid of it’s magic, it’s power. So they try to ban it – they try to censor it.” Farhad …

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Taliban Killed the Radio Stars

16 November 2001

Taliban Killed the Radio Stars As Afghanistan teeters toward liberation from Taliban rule, expect its music to change in sympathy with current events. While no Velvet Revolution waits in the wings, Islam being Islam after all, voices that have been stilled by threats to families still residing there may once …

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Afghanistan: The hills are alive

15 November 2001

The hills are alive No sooner had the Taliban left Kabul than the city resounded to the beat and keening melodies of Indian and Iranian songs, together with the long-hidden favourites of the Afghan popular canon. Music-kiosk merchants whipped out their bootlegged cassettes and pushed aside the only kind of music …

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Khoshnawaz brothers keep Herat’s music alive

10 November 2001

The Khoshnawaz brothers, Herat’s folk musicians who used to perform at weddings, have been exiled to Iran. Five generations of folk music in their family, the brothers only know their rubab, tabla and harmonium. They sing to survive. The independent Afghan culture magazine Lemar – Aftaab has interviewed the three …

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A culture muted

13 October 2001

A culture muted In December 1998 an official notice was placed in a local newspaper in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. It reported that a “number of unlawful instruments and goods” had been collected and publicly burned. The inventory included televisions, cassette players and VCRs and thousands of …

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Press launch: Afghanistan report launched in London

1 June 2001

  On Tuesday 24th April 2001 Freemuse launched its very first report; “Can you stop the birds singing?” – The censorship of music in Afghanistan, written by Dr. John Baily. The launch took place at London’s Kufa Gallery in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the …

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Freemuse report on censorship of music in Afghanistan

1 May 2001

  John Baily “Can you stop the birds singing?” – The censorship of music in Afghanistan Freemuse, Copenhagen, April 2001, ISSN 1601-2127 Dr. John Baily is a reader in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths College, London, and one of the worlds’ leading experts on Afghan music. Read abstract     Read the …

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Afghanistan report launch: welcome speeches

1 May 2001

The launch took place in cooperation with International PEN and attracted quite some interest from the media; several BBC units, Associated Press, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others were present. Read more about the launch Read welcome speeches by Moris Farhi Marie Korpe  Read the report Welcome speech by Mr. Moris Farhi, …

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Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music

1 January 2001

Speech by Mr. Naim Majrouh, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998  Ladies and Gentlemen! In the last 20 years due to war, political and social instability, disorder and lawlessness many aspects of our culture have been devastated. Museums have been looted, libraries have been burned, important and valuable …

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1980-2000 Asia

1 January 2001

1980s. Pakistan. Music was banned on PTV, the national tv station in Pakistan. 1980s til today. North Korea In North Korea, music is controlled by a government which encourages light, state-sponsored music, or music with patriotic worker-driven themes played on radios or in public by large worker’s orchestras. Kim Jong …

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Afghanistan

2 January 2000

Sorted according to date:   Norway/UK: “My first love was always music” Interview with Deeyah and video clip of the session ‘STOP THIS FILTH: ARTISTS UNDER THREATS’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’. 14 December 2012   Afghanistan: Religious leaders stopped ‘immoral’ eid celebration concert An eid …

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Non-artists on censorship

1 January 2000

NON-ARTISTS ON MUSIC CENSORSHIP Audio and video interviews on freemuse.org with researchers, experts, scholars and others Most recent Jeroen de Kloet – Dutch researcher, about China Mario Masvidal – professor from Cuba Maxwell Sibanda – journalist from Zimbabwe Maya Medich & Lemez Lovas – UK researchers, about Belarus Mirwaiss Sidiqi – director, about Afghanistan Introduction video – about Freemuse’s …

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