Tunisia: Musicians confronted with censorship and repression

11 November 2015

Of Tunisia’s entire artistic community, the musicians – and in particular urban rappers – have borne the brunt of the state’s censorship and repression. A wide legal arsenal has been used to drag musicians into court and throw them unceremoniously into gaol. By Daniel Brown     ARTSFREEDOM | INSIGHT In …

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Middle East: Hip-hop is a soundtrack to the North African revolt

20 April 2011

Hip-hop plays a central role in the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Libya. Rap songs create an important platform for communication creating moral support and encouraging a spirit of resistance and revolt against the regime. A new music anthology, ‘Khala’s Mixtape Volume 1’, offers an opportunity to listen to …

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Egypt and Tunisia: The artistic revolution in the Middle East

28 February 2011

“This was a very artistic revolution,” Noor Ayman Nour, son of a famous dissident Egyptian politician and founder of the Egyptian metal band Bliss, told Andy Morgan — a writer, journalist, researcher and event programmer with a background in the music industry who has written an interesting article about the …

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Tunisia: Released rapper free to perform

26 January 2011

Hamada Ben-Amor, the artist who gave voice to the anger that spilled into protests that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, is now courted by music houses and making videos in plain sight. Hamada Ben-Amor, who shot to Internet fame with his rap song “President”, a dig at President Ben …

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Tunisia: Rapper allegedly arrested and released

10 January 2011

Freemuse has sent a letter to the Tunisian Ministry of Culture requesting information about the reported arrest of the Tunisian rapper Hamada Ben-Amor, also known as El General. According to several news media the 21-year-old rapper was arrested on Thursday 6 January 2011 in Sfax for releasing a song critical …

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Puerto Rico: Censorship on reggaeton genre

19 January 2006

The Dominican Republic contemplates to place a nation-wide ban on reggaeton, reports in January 2006. Because of controversial lyrics the genre has been banned on radio, and albums were boycotted, in Cuba as well as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic You don’t know what ‘reggaeton’ is? No need …

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