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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

17 May 2014

Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause   In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video …

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Cameroon: First video interview after Lapiro’s release from prison

8 May 2011

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed on 8 May 2011 — his first video interview since he was released from prison in Douala on 8 April after three years imprisonment. Interview by Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov          Cameroon     Interview article in French Cameroon-info.net – 24 June 2011: MBANGA: “Si Fru …

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CD: Listen to the banned

15 March 2010

Tiken Jah Fakoly about the new Freemuse CD album: ‘CD highlights artists who fight for justice’     The CD ‘Listen to the banned’ has been well received by broadcasters all over Europe. “Some broadcasters have mentioned that not only does the CD feature some important political songs but even …

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Cameroon: Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics

7 August 2008

CAMPAIGNS AND ACTION  The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the four-month detention of the well known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga. International Pen Writers in Prison Committee’s Rapid Action Network sent the following appeal on 7 august 2008: The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of …

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Cameroon: Lapiro for ever

10 April 2014

The Cameroon musician Lapiro de Mbanga died on the 16 March 2014 in Buffalo in the United States. In Cameroon, his departure was highly regretted in spite of all the problems he had had with the judiciary. Lapiro’s legacy will live on. By Jane Bell In Cameroon, in the weeks …

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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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RIP Lapiro de Mbanga

17 March 2014

Singer and musician Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon – the “unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” – has died, 56 years old. By Freemuse Lapiro de Mbanga was a musical “freedom fighter” who articulated the daily injustices he witnessed in his songs – and was punished hard for his right to …

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Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state

14 December 2012

  In the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’, Maran Turner and Alexander Cheparukhin give insight into two cases where artists have been speaking out and as a result ended up in prison. Maran Turner, Executive Director of …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US

13 September 2012

  Lapiro de Mbanga, who was imprisoned in Cameroon for three years for a song criticizing President Biya, has been granted asylum in the USA and arrived safely with his family on 12 September 2012. In his song ‘Constipated Constitution’ Mbanga criticized President Paul Biya for changing the constitution in …

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FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro

17 February 2012

Story from AllAfrica FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til den kendte sanger Lapiro de Mbanga, der skrev en ops   Kenya: Are musicians composing “dirty” songs just to please listeners? Editorial from The Nation (Nairobi), 12 November 2004, by Philip Mwaniki That Kenyan music has grown tremendously …

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