Australian hour on The Pulse around Music Freedom Day

2 March 2014
In the studio: Patrick (left) and Mik

Music Freedom Day on 94.7 The Pulse in Geelong, Australia, on 3 March 2014 from 11am to noon.

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“Today, 3rd of March, is Music Freedom Day – a global event which is marked in around 20 countries around the planet, including Australia – where we have dedicated a full hour to the issues of artistic freedom of expression. To freedom of speech for musicians. To human rights for musicians.

Because that’s what Music Freedom Day is all about: to pay tribute to those musicians who have been killed, tortured, abducted, put away to rot in a prison, harassed with death threats, censorship, and so on. The list is long, and there are thousands of musicians around the world who know what we are talking about – because they are going through it RIGHT NOW, as we speak.

So, 94.7 The Pulse has jumped on board the ‘Music Freedom Train’, and later today we will be joined by another community radio, 8ccc, in Alice Springs, where Veronika Eclipse’s weekly radio show ‘V for World’ is dedicated to Music Freedom Day – that will be tonight at 7pm local time, and its streamed on the Internet as well.

As the globe is turning, when it becomes 3 March in Europa as well, there will be radio shows in Italy, Spain, Serbia, Germany, Norway, and Canada, and concerts, and seminars in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan (both in Islamabad and in Peshawar), in Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and in New York in the United States.

Everyone around the planet will be talking about freedom of expression through music, and will be underscoring the importance of these issues.”


01 ► USA: Dixie Chicks: ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’

02 ► UK / USA: David Byrne & Brian Eno: ‘Qu’ran’

03 ► South Africa (STATEMENT): Roger Lucey: ‘Censorship is death’

04 ► USA: Pete Seeger: ‘Turn Turn Turn’ (song from 1962)

05 ► Egypt: Ramy Essam: ‘Irhal’ (‘Leave’) / ‘Bread, Freedom, Social justice’

06 ► Syria: Refugees of Rap: ‘The Age of Silence’

07 ► Tibet: Kalsang Yarphel: ‘Bodpa Tso’

08 ► Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast): Tiken Jah Fakoly: ‘Quitte le Pouvoir’

About the Freemuse Award
Freemuse’s own award to honour musicians

The Freemuse Award is given to an individual or an organisation that “has worked for freedom of musical expression in a remarkable way”.

Ramy Essam from Egypt received the award in 2011,
Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey shared it in 2010,
Pete Seeger from the US received it 2009, and
Tiken Jah Fakoly from Côte d’Ivoire in 2008.

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