Holland: Music Freedom Day ‘wake-up call’

28 February 2013

On 13 February 2013 in Bimhuis, Amsterdam, the Dutch World Music Forum NL, a part of the World Blend Cafe, will organise a special Freemuse event on Mali.

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Rough translation of the programme text
“The annual Music Freedom Day of Freemuse promotes “the hundreds of musicians who are detained, censored and persecuted because of their music or lyrics.” On March 3 Freemuse asks us to put out attention towards Mali.

And rightly so. “Music is our oxygen,” said the Malian kora player Toumani Diabate. However, since the coup last year, the breath of his homeland has been in distress. In these days, all kinds of initiatives refer to Mali’s problems. Singer Fatoumata Diawara recently launched the band-aid project ‘Mali-ko’ (‘Peace’): “The Malian population has lost its faith in politics. Which is why people focus on the musicians,” she says.

This also happens in the Netherlands. Laurens Joensen and Fay Lovsky composed songs for Mali; Joensen coached the refugee band We Are Here to Salif Keita’s show on 10 February in Paradiso. Closely related to this is the ‘Master Peace’ project by Leoni Jansen and Onno Krijn which takes place in September 2014 in Egypt. Also former oud-player Haytham Safia is a bridge builder, though he will not be coming with the band No Blues but with his latest solo album ‘Duet’.”


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