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USA: Christian music festival drops band due to gay singer

22 September 2016

Christian band Everyday Sunday was dropped from northern California Christian music festival Joshua Fest as 11 production staff threatened to walk out if the recently out lead singer of the band, Trey Pearson, took the stage, reported Billboard on 12 September 2016. Joshua Fest owner Aaron Diello said that his production …

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USA: Schools reverse radio station ban on buses

12 September 2016

Portland Public Schools in the capital of US western state Oregon have gone back on their ban of particular radio stations on public school buses, which included radio stations playing rap music, reported Oregon Live on 30 August 2016. A memo sent out by director of student transportation Teri Brady …

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USA: Anti-Donald Trump song censored

9 August 2016

US presidential nominee Donald Trump and the secret service demanded changes be made to two songs by rapper YG on his latest album released in June 2016 for anti-Trump lyrics, reported entertainment news outlet Vulture on 16 June 2016. The two censored songs – ‘FDT’ (an abbreviation for Fuck Donald …

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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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USA/Algeria: Heavy metal music keeps stirring up controversy

14 September 2015

Heavy metal bands continue to face bans and controversies around the world. In the United States, two scheduled concerts with an Australian deathcore group have been cancelled. In Algeria, heavy metal fans have been accused of Satanism in a tv programme, causing an uproar in social media. Whenever and wherever …

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USA: Freedom of expression violated when concert was shut down

3 August 2015

Chicago rapper Chief Keef was to appear via hologram from California in a concert in a public park in Hammond, Indiana, on 25 July 2015, but police officers shut down the concert because they were concerned that the hologram would pose a threat to public safety. Chief Keef appeared via …

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USA: Rapper censored at Billboard Music Awards

20 May 2015

When Kanye West closed the Billboard Music Awards on 16 May 2015 ABC censored more than a minute of the rapper’s performance, leaving some viewers to wonder if the sound had cut out. Kanye West was onstage for 5 minutes and 18 seconds, though sound was only available to home …

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USA: Musical about fight for freedom of speech

13 April 2015

In Houston, USA, a new musical about ‘letter censorship’, asking freedom of speech questions, premiered on 7 April 2015. “Audiences should find the show thought-provoking,” said one of the musical actors, Jason Gotay. “It really makes you ask some big questions about what would happen if you lose that freedom …

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USA: Country stations ban song for promoting gay agenda

13 April 2015

The country song ‘Girl Crush’ by Little Big Town has been banned by some American country stations after listeners complained it ‘promotes the gay agenda’. This despite the fact that the song is about wanting back an ex, and just includes lyrics detailing the attractiveness of his new girlfriend. The …

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USA raises the question about artistic freedom of expression in UN

17 March 2015

“The United States would like to discuss the rights of freedom of opinion and expression, ‎particularly focusing on artistic expression and creativity,” said the American Ambassador Keith Harper in a statement at the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. He continued: “Artistic expression and creativity as a form …

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USA: Symphony censored over its comments on totalitarianism

16 March 2015

In March 2015, 21-year-old composer Jonas Tarm was about to reach a profound career milestone: His original composition was going to be performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall. But at the last minute, the New York Youth Symphony told Tarm that his Carnegie debut – commissioned by the orchestra as …

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USA: Hip-hop artist prosecuted for rapping about shootings

4 February 2015

The rapper Tiny Doo was charged with “criminal street gang conspiracy” over a music album, ‘No Safety’, reflecting gang culture. Tiny Doo (real name: Brandon Duncan) has no criminal record and says he has no knowledge of the crimes, which involved several shootings in San Diego from May 2013 to …

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USA: Police wrongfully arrests subway musicians

22 November 2014

Contradictions in New York law have caused numerous musicians to be wrongfully arrested. And the problem is only getting worse, according to an article in Rolling Stone magazine. In October 2014, a YouTube video showing the arrest of 30-year-old subway musician Andrew Kalleen for performing in a New York City …

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USA: Ai Weiwei exhibition features music by imprisoned musicians

30 September 2014

A new exhibition by the acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei opened on 27 September 2014 on Alcatraz near San Fransisco, USA. It features music by Tibetan singer Lolo and Pussy Riot, highlighting threads which connect artists around the planet who face harassment, pressure, persecution, prosecution and even death for expressing …

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US fails to protect the human right to read, says report

29 September 2014

In a submission to the UN Freemuse and NCAC document violations of freedom of information and expression in public schools, jails, and prisons in the USA. In a new report to the United Nations assessing the United States’ compliance with its human rights obligations, Freemuse and USA based NCAC, the …

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US fails to protect the human right to read, says report

26 September 2014

In a new report to the United Nations assessing the United States’ compliance with its human rights obligations, Freemuse and USA-based NCAC, the National Coalition Against Censorship, argue that the U.S. must do more to protect the rights of youth in public primary and secondary schools as well as the rights of inmates in jails, prisons, and detention centers.

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USA: High school marching band’s playlist censored

28 July 2014

A high school marching band in central Pennsylvania can’t perform hit songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics. A Lancaster County school board this week stood behind an administrative decision to remove two Top 40 hits from its high school marching band’s upcoming repertoire …

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USA: Opera transmission cancelled over antisemitism concerns

19 June 2014

A live transmission of ENO and the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has been cancelled over concerns about its ‘appropriateness at this time of rising antisemitism’. Freemuse joins the international joint statement: Nat’l and International Organizations Warn That Cancelling ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Screenings Endangers Creative …

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USA: Open letter against censorship of hip-hop artists in Portland

2 April 2014

In an open lettert to Portland’s music community, Casey Jarman, managing editor of The Believer, former music editor of Willamette Weeks and co-founder of Party Damage Records, speaks out against what he calls “a systematic attempt to silence local hip-hop artists.” » Source:  www.wweek.com » See also: Hip-Hop Stopped The tension between …

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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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USA: Freemuse Award winner Pete Seeger dies at 94

28 January 2014

A flower has gone “His songs are a catalogue of social activism of the 20th century,” said Freemuse Director Ole Reitov receiving the news of the death of Pete Seeger, who in 2009 received the Freemuse Award. “Pete Seeger’s voice has been one which has constantly been on the side …

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USA: MTV series documents power of music and art to ignite change

19 November 2013

Launched on 18 November 2013, the weekly series ‘Rebel Music’ on MTV’s collage-channel in the United States, mtvU, documents youth uprising and the power of music and art to ignite change in conflict areas around the world. “Revolution has a sound. Meet a new generation of fearless youth igniting change …

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USA: Kacey Musgraves’ performance censored during CMA Awards

14 November 2013

Singer Kacey Musgraves’ voice went silent for a couple of seconds during the 2013 CMA Awards on 6 November 2013. The singer was censored three times during her performance of ‘Follow Your Arrow.’ Musgraves’ song includes the lyric “roll up a joint” and the network took the time to censor the word “joint.” …

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USA: Christmas carols banned in school district

31 October 2013

The superintendent at Bordentown Regional School District in New Jersey, USA, banned any and all religious music in the December concerts the district’s elementary schools normally hold, reported Charisma News. The superintendent at Bordentown Regional School District made a public statement that “religious music should not be part of the …

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USA: Madonna launches platform to fight oppression and intolerance

26 September 2013

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‘Art For Freedom’, led by the American superstar Madonna, is a new digital initiative, an online ‘public art project’, designed to fuel free speech. ‘Art For Freedom’ encourages the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution in the form of video, music, poetry or photography. ‘Art For …

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USA: MTV censored lyrics with reference to drugs

26 August 2013

At the 2013 Video Music Awards, the American music television channel MTV censored Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance and edited out the entire line where she sings “dancing with Molly.” The line in the song ‘We Can’t Stop’ is known to be a reference to the powdered form of the drug …

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USA: Folk singer Joan Baez ‘disinvited’ by army officials

12 May 2013

American folk singer Joan Baez, who had performed at numerous anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations, was forbidden to participate in John Mellencamp’s concert at Walter Reed Hospital where he performed for wounded troops on 27 April 2007. Antiwar activist Joan Baez says she was ‘disinvited’ from the event by army officials. John Mellencamp …

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USA

18 March 2013

USA The First Amendment is a cornerstone in US democracy. Read more at Freedom Forum – The First Amendment Center; www.freedomforum.org Key documents: Stories from the medias: Links:

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Austin Dacey, USA: Expanding the boundaries

25 November 2011

  Amplifying music in the face of censorship A presentation by Austin Dacey, followed by a debate which took place at the conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ on 21 November 2011 in Stockholm. Source See more videos from the conference: right11.se/videos     Related reading on freemuse.org Statement …

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Austin Dacey, USA: Expanding the boundaries

25 November 2011

  Amplifying music in the face of censorship A presentation by Austin Dacey, followed by a debate which took place at the conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ on 21 November 2011 in Stockholm.   Source See more videos from the conference: right11.se/videos       Related reading on …

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USA: College bans national anthem because of too violent lyrics

31 August 2011

  A 1,000-student college in Indiana State has banned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at all sporting events because the school’s president considers the US national anthem’s lyrics to be too violent and glorifying war. On 26 August 2011 NBC Sports reported that Tiny Goshen College — a liberal arts school and an …

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USA: Jazz musician suspected as terrorist because of his Arabic name

27 June 2011

  An American jazz pianist’s Arabic-sounding name allegedly made over-zealous US officials suspect a link between his payment for a performance in Europe and possible terrorist activities. The pianist Ahmad Jamal is reported by a Swiss newspaper to have been prevented from collecting his fee from the Swiss Jazz Festival …

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USA: Singer discriminated by anti-discrimination group

15 June 2011

  Syrian-American musician Malek Jandali was disinvited from performing at an anti-discrimination convention because of a pro-freedom song he was due to perform. The organisers, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, soon found themselves in a media storm of criticism, and after days of bad press and just hours before the convention started, …

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UK / USA: ‘Offending’ album title covered with sticker

6 June 2011

The popular British rock band Arctic Monkeys’ new album is entitled ‘Suck It And See’ – a phrase which causes a stir in the United States where major stores will cover the offending album title by a big sticker. When the indie-rock band from a suburb of Sheffield publishes its fourth …

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USA: ‘In the face of adversity, the musician cannot sit idly by’

1 December 2010

What is the role of the musician in a conflict zone? The New York-based magazine and online forum The Mantle invited four emerging musicians from areas of conflict to bring their perspectives on this question in a virtual roundtable discussion. ‘The virtual Roundtable’ is The Mantle’s flagship element wherein emerging …

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USA: Radio station focuses on Freemuse CD and music censorship

11 November 2010

The Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the banned’ and discussions on the power of music and music censorship was in focus at a one hour live broadcast from Wisconsin’s Public Radio on 10 November 2010. Artist and human rights activist Deeyah and Freemuse programme manager Ole Reitov who produced the CD …

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Radio Without Borders: Listen to the Banned

10 November 2010

Here on Earth — Radio Without Borders, a one-hour live weekday global cultural affairs programme on Wisconsin Public Radio broadcasted a special feature programme about the album ‘Listen to the banned’ on 10 November 2010. Guests: * Deeyah, singer, musician, human rights activist, and producer of the album Listen to …

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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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USA: Army rapper discharged after nine months imprisonment

27 May 2010

The imprisoned soldier, Iraq war veteran and hip-hip artist Marc Hall (real name: Marc Watercus) avoided a scheduled General Court Martial in Iraq for producing an angry anti-‘Stop-loss’ rap song. Instead, he was discharged immediately. In December 2009, the U.S. Army jailed 34-year-old Specialist Marc Watercus, because he had produced …

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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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Book by Salman Ahmad: ‘Rock & Roll Jihad’

10 February 2010

Pakistan / USA:Salman Ahmad: ‘Rock & Roll Jihad – A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution’   Salman Ahmad was lead singer and guitarist in the Pakistani rock band Junoon, one of the most popular rock groups in South Asia with 30 million record sales. In his book ‘Rock & Roll Jihad’ he …

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USA: Banned music showcased in concert series in New York

9 December 2009

Austin Dacey and Haroon Bacha. Photo by Quoc Pham   A concert with the exiled Pakistani singer Haroon Bacha on 9 December 2009 marks the start of a performance series at Brooklyn’s Littlefield that aims to showcase banned music from around the globe — music literally declared too dangerous to …

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USA, Florida: City council discusses ban on hip-hop

5 October 2009

A councilman in Fort Myers, Florida, is seeking to have hip-hop music banned at the Harborside Events Center and other venues in Fort Myers.  During a council meeting on 5 October 2009, councilman Warren Wright will discuss the possibility of barring all hip-hop shows and performances. He argues that the …

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Jamaica/USA: Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters

7 September 2009

The concert promoters Live Nation and AEG canceled shows by the Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton after protests from gay rights advocacy organisations over the singer’s homophobic song lyrics, The Los Angeles Times reported. Buju Banton’s scheduled shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston …

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USA: American pop singer pressured to rerecord song

15 April 2009

When American pop singer Britney Spears’ hit song ‘If U Seek Amy’ risked censorship on radio stations because of a controversy over its use of a ‘sexually offensive’ double entendre in the chorus, she decided to rerecord the song and publish a less offensive version. Say it quickly: ‘If U …

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USA: Censored musicians spoke at Duke University

25 March 2009

In its human rights series, Duke University in North Carolina, USA, presented two censored musicians, Ferhat Tunç from Turkey and Roger Lucey from South Africa, and highlighted freedom of musical expression.          Roger Lucey Music censorship and music activism was in focus at Duke University in USA during March 2009. …

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Pakistan/USA: Salman Ahmad: Obama should listen to Pakistani artists

13 March 2009

As the Taliban silence music in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, Freemuse ambassador and singer Salman Ahmad denounces the Pakistani peace accord with the Taliban.   American president Barack Obama has promised to listen to the Muslim world. He can start by listening to Pakistani artists who embody peace, …

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Freemuse Award 2009: video report and interview from Stockholm

7 March 2009

Sweden / USA: Freemuse Award to American singer Pete SeegerVideo report from the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 March 2009, where Pete Seeger’s grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, received the award on his behalfBy Mik Aidt     Wimpy Wasp Player   Flash Player upgrade required   Read about Pete …

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Freemuse Award 2009: video report and interview from Stockholm

7 March 2009

  Sweden / USA: Freemuse Award to American singer Pete SeegerVideo report from the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 March 2009, where Pete Seeger’s grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, received the award on his behalf By Mik Aidt     Wimpy Wasp Player   Flash Player upgrade required   Read …

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USA: Tao Rodriquez-Seeger

7 March 2009

Singer and musician Tao Rodríguez-Seeger from USA speaks about his personal experiences with and opinion about music censorship Tao Rodríguez-Seeger was born in New York, USA, in 1972. He is a contemporary folk musician who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, and sings in Spanish and in English. When he was 16 years old, in …

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Freemuse Award 2009

26 February 2009

The American singer, songwriter, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate Pete Seeger is The Freemuse Award Winner 2009. He is awarded on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2009, for his commitment to musicians’ freedom of expression in an illustrious career which spans over sixty years. “Pete Seeger’s voice has been one which …

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Iraq / USA: Interview with exiled oud player

26 November 2008

Rahim AlHaj is a former political prisoner of Saddam Hussein who escaped Iraq, relocated to the US in 2000, and made a new home in New Mexico. “How does Iraqi music change when the musician doesn’t live in Iraq anymore?” asks Tom Chandler in his article about the Iraqi oudist …

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USA / UK/Norway: Norwegian singer Deeyah wins Freedom Award

26 November 2008

Deeyah, the exiled Norwegian singer and activist, was awarded with an ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize at a ceremony in London on 26 November 2008. More than 900 artists from 86 countries had been nominated. Three artists, Deeyah along with Turkish-Kurdish Ferhat Tunç and Burmese Win Maw, nominated by Freemuse, …

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USA: Opera composer says he is ‘blacklisted’ by US authorities

23 October 2008

Interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Music Matters’ on 18 October 2008, composer John Adams said he was now ‘blacklisted’ and followed by US security forces, supposedly because he composed ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ — a controversial opera about the Palestinian Liberation Front’s 1985-hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. “I …

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EU/USA: Pressure on Muslim women to stay out of music

18 August 2008

Within a growing scene for Islamic hip-hop in the United Kingdom, women rappers are facing a tough time. When a woman tries to break into the scene she is often intimidated, or even threatened, reported the New Statesman magazine. During 2007–2008, the Norwegian Muslim singer and human rights activist Deeyah …

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USA: Video interview with Kris Kristofferson

31 March 2008

Singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson speaks about his personal experiences of music censorship. “Kris Kristofferson is not only one of America’s most celebrated and finest singer-songwriters. He is also among the most controversial. He keeps provoking and challenging the political establishment, and he has experienced both media and market censorship, …

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Cuba/USA: Music Freedom Day sparks emotional debates on Cuban blogs

6 March 2008

Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2008, fuelled interesting and revealing debates on past and present accounts of censorship in Cuba. The increasingly popular ‘blogger-universe’ hosts the emotional and political exchange of opinions on the history of music censorship on the Caribbean island.By Martin Buch Larsen, Freemuse Within a few hours, …

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USA: Controversial lyrics lead to concert cancellation

29 January 2008

The British punk rock band Gallows were removed from the bill of The House Of Blues in California due to offence taken to their lyrics by the family-friendly owner of the venue, the Walt Disney Company. The British punk rock band Gallows were scheduled to support California punk monarchs Social …

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Jamaica/USA: Boundaries of freedom of musical expression examined

22 January 2008

The boundaries of free speech in today’s popular music culture are to be examined in a tv programme recorded in New York, USA, on 7 February 2008, announced the Government of Jamaica in a press release. The panel discussion is entitled: ‘Censorship vs. Free Speech: Where do we draw the …

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USA: Lebanese musician denied use of theatre

14 October 2007

According to a press release from the music web site Rock Paper Scissors in September 2007, the renowned Lebanese oud master Marcel Khalife was denied the use of a theatre for a concert in San Diego. Al Awda, the local concert organisers, had already come to an arrangement for the …

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USA: Disney criticised for stopping heavy metal concerts

11 October 2007

“Why has the heavy metal genre now been labeled ‘inflammatory’ and their fans ‘undesirable’ at House of Blues venues in Anaheim and Orlando?,” asks Machine Head’s Robb Flynn in a blog commentary. About a month ago, the heavy metal band Machine Head were told that their concert at The House …

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USA: Gangsta rap condemned by local police

5 September 2007

Police in Colorado Springs publicly condemned the music genre gangsta rap in a news release after a killing in July 2007, writes The New York Times After a spate of shootings, and already 19 homicides this year, the police in Colorado Springs are saying that gangsta rap is contributing to …

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USA: Music tv channel bleeps the word ‘suicidal’

28 August 2007

American rapper Sean Kingston’s song ‘Beautiful Girl’ is about a girl so beautiful that he is afraid that their relation will never work: “You’ll have me suicidal, suicidal – When you say it’s over.” But on the MTV show ‘Total Request Live’, Sean Kingston’s summer hit is less dramatic since …

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USA: Printing plant refused to print ‘satanic’ album cover

16 May 2007

The forthcoming album from British death metal band Akercocke, entitled ‘Antichrist’, has caused uproar amongst religious groups in Ireland and USA. The US printing plant where the CD booklet is being manufactured has refused to print ‘satanic’ material The album is currently set to be released in Europe on 28 …

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USA: Grammy awards to blacklist songs containing the n-word

1 March 2007

New York’s City Council has asked The Recording Academy, home of the Grammys, not to nominate musicians for Grammy awards if they use the word ‘nigger’ in their lyrics. Critics say it is a limitation of free speech On 28 February 2007 the City Council unanimously declared a moratorium that …

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USA: Dixie Chicks’ triumph over censorship: Five Grammys

12 February 2007

It was a victory over censorship, boycott and death threats when Dixie Chicks ‘swept’ the most prestigious honours in the global music calendar, the Grammy Awards The news went around the globe: A triumphant comeback for the country trio The Dixie Chicks three years after they caused uproar among many US …

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USA: Censorship allegation increases media attention

3 January 2007

The popular web sites iFilm and YouTube were claimed to have censored an anti-jihad music video from the rap metal group Stuck Mojo. As the censorship debate continued, it also increased media attention for the band By Freemuse Stuck Mojo is a controversial rap metal group from Atlanta, Georgia, in …

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USA: Stephan Smith-Said

6 December 2006

Stephan Smith-Said is an Iraqi American songwriter whose father’s family lives under the daily threat of bombing in Baghdad and Mosul. In this interview he speaks about the importance of music and of fighting music censorship – inspired by his attendance at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul in …

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USA: Singer’s religious imagery censored

15 November 2006

 Crucifixion scene in a performance by American superstar Madonna is censored from NBC’s airing of the concert on 22 November 2006. During a passage in Madonna’s ‘Confessions Concert’, she ascends a mirrored cross, dressed as Christ and wearing a crown of thorns, and then sings the song ‘Live to Tell’. …

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USA: Documentary film about Dixie Chicks: ‘Shut up & Sing’

10 November 2006

Numerous awards have been given to the documentary film about freedom of speech and censorship in the field of American country music “Shut up & Sing” documents the country trio The Dixie Chicks during the three years of medial and public hysteria that followed after the lead singer Natalie Maines …

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USA: Dixie Chicks film about censorship censored

30 October 2006

The American tv-network NBC and the CW Television Network has refused to air ads for the new documentary ‘Shut Up & Sing’, about the top-selling American country band Dixie Chicks According to Drudge Report, NBC has stated that NBC “cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush”, …

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Mark LeVine: Globalisation and music censorship in the Middle East

30 October 2006

  In this video interview, recorded at a conference on freedom of speech in the Middle East, organised by Pen on 8 September 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the American author and historian Mark LeVine explains about the effects of globalisation in relation to restrictions on music in countries of the …

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Mark LeVine(USA): Heavy Metal and Islam

30 October 2006

  In this video interview, recorded at a conference on freedom of speech in the Middle East organised by Pen on 8 September 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the American author and historian Mark LeVine explains about the role of Heavy Metal in the Middle East. Can a Heavy Metal musician be …

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UK/USA: David Byrne about self-censorship in 1981

12 October 2006

In the current debate in the Western world about self-censorship contra freedom of expression, and whether it is acceptable that musicians use samples from religious rituals, such as prayer or recital from the Qur’an, singer David Byrne and producer Brian Eno made up their minds already 25 years ago. When …

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USA: Controversial reggae star’s show called off

29 September 2006

A Los Angeles nightclub has canceled a performance by reggae star Buju Banton because of his lyrics against homosexuality E-mail complaints and concerned callers prompted Adam Manacker, the manager of the Highland Nightclub in Hollywood, USA, to research Banton’s past and cancel the singer’s show scheduled for 2 October 2006. …

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USA: Banned Musician speaks at Clinton Global Initiative

14 September 2006

Pakistani guitarist Salman Ahmad is invited to speak at former US president Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative panel in New York on 21 September 2006 Salman Ahmad will make a presentation on the role of culture in building bridges between Islam and the West. Salman last year spoke at the Freemuse …

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Musicians hit by the “9/11-effect”

11 September 2006

Anti-terror security causes problems for touring musicians Renewed fear of terror in the wake of Britain’s foiled terrorist plot to blow up airplanes led to tighter restrictions on air travel in August 2006. Expensive musical instruments are no longer allowed on the plane as carry-on baggage from London, and this …

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USA: Country band banned on radio stations – again

22 June 2006

Songs of the top-selling American country band Dixie Chicks have been banned on country radio stations, and ticket sales are reportedly way off in southern US cities after they recorded a new single called ‘Not Ready To Make Nice’, and named their new tour ‘Accidents and Accusations’ According to the …

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