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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

20 April 2014
Cameroon: Lapiro for ever

Cameroon: Lapiro for ever

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 after his death, many debates …

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Cameroon / USA: Lapiro moves on to the other side

Cameroon / USA: Lapiro moves on to the other side

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. Whether he was confidently reclining …

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RIP Lapiro de Mbanga

RIP Lapiro de Mbanga

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 express them. On 16 March …

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Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state

  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 Freedom Now, talks about the case …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga gets asylum in the US

  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 his own favour. The song …

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FN opfordrer Camerouns regering til at udbetale erstatning til Lapiro

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 in the past few years …

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Press release: UN expert group: “Cameroon should compensate Lapiro”

 One song. Three years imprisonment. The singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s rights were violated by the Cameroonian Government, concluded an expert group of the United Nations. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued a legal opinion declaring that the detention of Lapiro de Mbanga, one of Cameroon’s most famous singers, by the Cameroonian …

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Cameroon: Lapiro back in court

  Singer Lapiro de Mbanga has filed a case against the Chief Medical Officer of the Douala Central Prison for having denied him access to medical attention while in prison Bisong Etahoben reported from Douala on 18 June 2011 that when the matter came up at the Douala magistrate’s court on 16 June 2011, Lapiro …

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Cameroun: Première interview avec Lapiro après la libération de prison

Le chanteur Lapiro de Mbanga a été interviewé sur le 8 mai 2011. C’est le première en video depuis son liberation de prison à Douala le 8 avril, après trois ans d’emprisonnement. Interview par Freemuse Gestionnaire de Programme, Ole Reitov          Cameroun    In English  

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Press release: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on Friday afternoon to hear about his expectations he said: “I have two news …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga released from prison

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on Friday afternoon to hear about his expectations he said: “I have two news …

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Cameroun: Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga l

Sangeren Lapiro de Mbanga blev l Presseomtale i Denmark avisen.dk/sangstjerne-parat-til-at-doe-for-frihed www.u-landsnyt.dk/nyhed/11-04-11/kendt-afrikansk-sanger-l-sladt   Presseomtale i Sverige sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=1012&artikel=4449241 contentisking.squarespace.com/blogg/2011/4/8/det-fria-ordet-i-noter www.kulturskaparna.com/i-shall-close-my-dirty-mouth-only-after-death    

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Cameroon: Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court

  On Thursday 17 March 2011, just three weeks before the musician’s planned release from prison, Lapiro’s case was called to the Cameroon Supreme Court for what appeared to be superflous technicalities. Lapiro wtih his lawyers in front of the Supreme Court in Yaounde By Jen Bell The appearance at the Supreme Court concerned Lapiro …

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Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events

Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returned to Kabul, music was smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed over a much awaited award. Lapiro de Mbanga with the Freedom to Create prize which was handed over to him from Freemuse Programme Officer Martin Buch Larsen    Singer Lapiro de Mbanga finally …

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Radio Without Borders: Listen to the Banned

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 the Banned * Ole Reitov, …

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Cameroon: Lapiro – behind bars in Cameroon, behind a mic in Brooklyn

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga joins by phone from jail in Cameroon as U.S. Afro-pop band performs his banned song live in New York Coming to the stage in Brooklyn: The Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga will appear live from prison via mobile phone during a concert and discussion forum organized in tribute to him and …

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Cameroon: Interview with singer Lapiro de Mbanga in ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’

In ‘Smashed Hits 2.0’, Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga gives an exclusive interview to Daniel Brown from prison on protest, politics and the art of satire Since his return from self-imposed exile in Nigeria and Gabon in 1985, Cameroonian musician Lapiro de Mbanga has been a constant thorn in President Paul Biya’s side. During the …

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Cameroon: Musicians are silent after Lapiro’s imprisonment

The fact that Lapiro is in prison for his music has discouraged other artists in the country to create any kind of innovative projects or critical song lyrics, writes a reporter from Cameroon about the ‘delicate situation’ in the country’s music industry “The situation of music in Camerooon is not that great,” begins a letter …

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Cameroon: International Pen and Freemuse in joint appeal for Lapiro

African Human Rights organisations and monitoring systems are urged to act on behalf of singer Lapiro de Mbanga. In a joint appeal letter International Pen and Freemuse ask for assistance in ensuring that Cameroon act in a manner consistent with its own legal obligations and those of international law and release the singer from unjust …

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Cameroon/Denmark: Danish minister drawn into Lapiro de Mbanga’s case

Danish opposition parties demands investigation of financial support to co-owned Maersk company which has been accused of inhuman working conditions and co-responsibility for the imprisonment of popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Søren Pind has been asked to report to the Danish Parliament on the loans provided by the Danish Industrialisation …

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Press release: Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations

Cameroon supports football team but persecutes artists   The international legal team for Lapiro de Mbanga on June 16 filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the Cameroonian singer-songwriter and democracy activist. The legal team hopes to obtain an opinion from the Working Group that the …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga’s legal team files petition to United Nations

On 16 June 2010, the international legal team for Lapiro de Mbanga filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the Cameroonian singer-songwriter and democracy activist. The legal team hopes to obtain an opinion from the Working Group that the Cameroonian government’s detention of Lapiro de Mbanga …

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Cameroon: United Nations secretary-general urged to speak up for Lapiro

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 imprisoned singer Lapiro de Mbanga. …

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Facts about the CD ‘Listen to the banned’

Compiled by the artist Deeyah and Freemuse, this CD compilation album is published on 3 March 2010 by Norway’s most successful music label, Grappa Records, and distributed internationally. They are all there: Lapiro de Mbanga, Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amal Murkus, Marcel Khalife, Mahsa Vahdat, Ferhat Tunç…  They are musicians who have told …

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Cameroon / USA: American lawyers prepare UN petition for Lapiro de Mbanga

A team of four lawyers from a law firm in the United States are preparing a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. They argue that by keeping Lapiro de Mbanga imprisoned, Cameroon is violating international law. The lawyers are working pro bono with Freedom Now. The office of a US senator, Richard …

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Cameroon / France: Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga

Mondomix has launched a free-for-download album in support of the imprisoned cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga. “This album compilation is no ordinary compilation,” writes Mondomix, a French online resource for worldwide music and culture. The album was produced by artists who want to inform about what is happening to Lapiro de Mbanga, the cameroonian singer …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award

  One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the President of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as an “unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” – was …

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Cameroon: Lapiro shortlisted for global award

High profiled panel with conductor Daniel Barenboim points at imprisoned musician Lapiro for the final shortlist of The Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize. Meanwhile, a lawyers organisation backed up by former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, joins the Freemuse campaign for the singer’s release. Lapiro de Mbanga has been shortlisted for ‘The …

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Help free Lapiro de Mbanga! Sign the petition

THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 THIS PETITION IS CLOSED 1 March 2010 HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA HELP FREE LAPIRO DE MBANGA Sign this petition I protest against the three-year prison sentence and US dollar 640,000 fine imposed on the singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (real name Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) and call on …

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Cameroon: International lawyers support imprisoned singer Lapiro

The case against singer Lapiro de Mbanga has gained increased international attention as Freedom Now, a US based lawyers’ advocacy organisation, is now officially monitoring his case. In an interview with Radio France International in the first week of October 2009, Maran Turner, executive director of Freedom Now, said: “Musicians [such as Lapiro] that decide …

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Cameroun: Underskriftsindsamling for f

Menneskerettighedsorganisationerne Freemuse og International PEN, jurist-organisationen Freedom Now, guitarproducenten Vigier og webstedet MyMondoMix.com  Deltag i Freemuse underskriftindsamlingen for at f  Placér et link til denne side 

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Cameroon: Lapiro is the one who has to pay for all

  In this complicated case, there are problems of leadership, tribalism and politics, writes journalist Jen Bell in this personal commentary. She is convinced that singer Lapiro de Mbanga’s case is a political persecution in disguise. COMMENTARY by Jen Bell It is clear to me that Lapiro de Mbanga’s case is a political persecution in …

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Cameroon: Interview with human rights advocate about Lapiro’s case

Dr Hilaire Kamga is president of NHRC, New Human Rights Cameroon. He says: “This was an unfair trial. Now there must be lobbying actions.” By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon Freemuse: What are your impressions, now after Lapiro’s judgement? Hilaire Kamga: These were everything but normal proceedings. These were political proceedings. As we used …

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Cameroon: Interview with Lapiro de Mbanga

”This is the trial of the voiceless”Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed just a few hours before the verdict of three years imprisonment and a fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon in the Appeal Court of Bonanjo in …

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Cameroon: Lapiro’s case taken to Supreme Court of Appeal

  “We are full of hope”, said Lapiro de Mbanga’s lawyer, Me Augustin Mbami, in an interview with Freemuse about which procedures are to be undertaken next, after losing the Appeal Court. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon “What I have to do now is to take the case to the Supreme Court of …

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Cameroon: Singer Lapiro de Mbanga loses appeal court

 Cameroon power system strikes back at the popular singer. “It seems obvious that he has not got a fair trial,” says Freemuse programme officer. Press alert by Freemuse — 25 June 2009 An appeal court in Cameroon last night, on 24 June 2009, sentenced popular singer Lapiro de Mbango to three years imprisonment in what …

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Cameroon: New verdict, same prison sentence to Lapiro

Lapiro de Mbanga’s sentence of three years imprisonment and the fine of FCFA 280 millions was confirmed at a court hearing on 24 June 2009 in Douala. In addition, more than FCFA 500,000 was added to the singer’s fine. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in Cameroon After nearly ten hours of talks at the Appeal …

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Cameroon: Singer Mbanga – Flurry in the court room

 After appearing in court on 28 April 2008, singer Lapiro de Mbanga still found himself leaving the court’s witness box on 13 and 15 May 2009 without a verdict. Instead, he was ordered to reappear in court on 26 May. The adjournments of his case appear to be never-ending. By Jen Bell, Freemuse’s correspondent in …

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Cameroun: Musician Lapiro de Mbanga faces new trial

The government of Cameroon is being accused of severe violations of human rights as the musician Lapiro de Mbanga is confronted with a new trial on absurd charges that it was a song of his that led to the destruction of a banana plantation. Can a song make workers destroy a banana plantation? The popular …

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Cameroon: Campaign for release of Lapiro

  The company Vigier launches a new campaign for the release of the Cameroonese musician Lapiro de Mbanga. Vigier is the company that supplied Lapiro with a guitar that he has used in more than 20 years to create his music. It is seldom that music companies openly protest against repressions of their artists, but …

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Cameroon: Singer sentenced to three years in jail

Several news sites reported that the popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga was sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in anti-government riots in Cameroon in February 2008. Protests and appeals The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the three-year prison sentence and exorbitant fine imposed on the well …

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Cameroon: Singer taken to court in chains

One of Cameroon’s best-known singers was in chains when he was brought to a court room on 9 July 2008, accused of causing anti-government riots in February. Lapiro de Mbanga’s case, however, was adjourned to 23 July. Another arrested musician, Joe La Conscience, was released on 16 June. Lapiro de Mbanga chained together with the …

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Cameroon: Imprisoned for singing ‘Constipated Constitution’

Two musicians have been arrested for criticizing constitutional amendments which allows the president unlimited terms of office, reported Media Foundation for West Africa Two renowned musicians, Lapiro de Mbanga and Joe La Conscience, have been arrested and detained by the authorities in Cameroon for singing songs in which they criticized the recent controversial constitutional amendments, …

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