Scheduled for Music Freedom Day 2014

3 March 2014


Activities are being planned in Jalalabad.


On Monday 3 March 2014 an event will be organised at the Bamenda French Alliance Center in Yaounde.


1) Cherine Amr joins Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam at Beit El Raseef at a concert cum public conference celebrating the Music Freedom Day and discussing freedom of expression rights in Cairo on the 3rd of March.

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2) Sudanese exiled musicians have organised a Music Freedom Day concert in central Cairo.

Abazar Hamid from Sudan and Uprising Group from South are gathering in their exile in Cairo to perform at The Town House and play a tone for peace and hope, highlighting the right to freedom of expression by featuring works by the murdered Syrian artist Ibrahim Algashosh.
Time: 8pm
Place: Town House, Rwabit Theatre – 8 Hussain Almemar St, off Shamiplion St, Cairo
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Bakelit Multi Art Center in Budapest plans to organise their fourth Music Freedom Day this year.

In Italy, Music Freedom Day will be marked in Bologna,for several days. Organised by Hibrido Radio Il Mostro, Bo Ground and Réda Zine in front the event starts already on Friday 28 February with a workshop “diritti civile dell’artista” = “Artist Civil Rights Chart” followed up by presentation ofvarious artistic productions on Saturday 1 March at 3:30pm at Centro Katia Bertasi in Bologna.
In the evening, starting from 9:30pm, the programme features poetry reading and music concerts with a number of artists, among them Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine who leads his band Voodoo Sound Club.


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Music Freedom Day Concert in Oslo featuring Dina El Wedidi & Mazaher

A unique encounter between youth and traditional in Egyptian woman singing at a time when conservative forces put women’s performing arts under pressure.

dina-osloDina El Wedidi: Vocal and percussion
Women from Mazaher: Vocal and percussion
Mohamed Adel: Guitar
Mohamad Ra’fat: Drums
Wael Elsayed: Accordion and percussion
Mohamed Abdo Seka: Bass guitar

The concert is organised by Kulturkirken Jakob in cooperation with Oslo World Music Festival.



» Tickets: and at the door.
Nkr 150.00 plus fee.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 8pm in Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo.

Music Freedom Day Concert 3rd March, 2014

1) Institute for Preservation of Arts and Culture in Islamabad is organising its second Music Freedom Day concert on 3 March 2014 at 4.30 pm, Lok Virsa, Islamabad. They are inviting folk and classical artist from different part of the country, a majority of whom were being attacked and harassed. The impressive line-up of artists includes: Akbar Ali,Akber Khamiso, Sachu Khan, Taimur Khan, Alan Faqir (Jr), Zain Ullah, Maqsood Ali, Ustad Ahmed Gul and Khumariyaan,

The organisers write:
“Unfortunately today in Pakistan music is being silenced. Our musicians are being persecuted by tyrants who do not subscribe to musicians’ right to freedom of musical expression. We are celebrating this day. On this event we will join hands with musicians and music lovers around the globe to celebrate the world Music Freedom Day and to advocate for the human rights of musicians.

This concert will be a rare treat for music enthusiasts as it will take them on a musical journey that will included folk tunes from Baluchistan, the northwestern frontiers of Pakistan and classical tunes from Punjab; the melodic brilliance of the Indian Subcontinent.”

Monday 3 March 2014
Gates open: 4:30 pm
Show starts: 5:00 pm sharp
Venue: Media Center Audotorium, Lok Virsa, Garden Avenue, Shakarparien, Islamabad, Pakistan
Setting: Indoor, Casual, floor seating. Reserved seats for senior citizens will be on first come basis.

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2) Pakhtunkhwa Cultural Foundation and Cultural Journalists Forum Peshawar plans to celebrate Music Freedom Day 2014 in Peshawar.


Klub Gromka, AKC Metelkova, Ljubljana

Discussion: “Music between Freedom and Censorship”
Miha Zadnikar, Ičo Vidmar, Xenia Jus … moderator: BIGor
Nova Muska podcast + Active of Listeners

Spinning the musics labelled as “R” [=revolutionary] from the Radio Študent Library
Radio Študent will have the “R” on their playlist all day long!

Organized by Nova Muska, klub Gromka, Radio Študent


Music Freedom Day Concert and discussion in Stockholm, organised by folk musicians against rascism at Stallet on 3 March at 7pm.
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Pamberi Trust/Magamba and Shoko Festival join forces with Transit Crew, Selmor Mtukudzi, Jam Signal and Livesoul featuring Kevin Muntsi in a grand Music Freedom Day celebration at Book Café in Harare.

Starting at 2pm on 1st of March with House of Poetry Slam, followed by free film screening of ‘Let Freedom Sing’ at 6pm, the shout-out for music freedom concert starts at 8pm.

Tax: $5

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In New York, an ‘Impossible Music Session’ is being planned in Brooklyn. The Impossible Music Sessions were launched on Music Freedom Day in 2010 and feature the music of an artist who cannot be there.

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Radio and newspapers

On the occasion of Music Freedom Day, Jorge Laraia will make a special programme in the series ‘Planeta Musical Sur’ on Radio Universidad Calf FM 103.7. The radio station is located in the city of Neuquén, Patagonia. It can be listened to via the Internet by the following link:



1) On 8ccc Community Radio in Alice Springs, Veronika Eclipse’s weekly radio show ‘V for World’ is dedicated to Music Freedom Day on Monday 3 March at 7-9pm local time.
The show covers music from around the world, and on this occasion Veronika will be playing songs from countries which are most affected by attacks, control, hate, discrimination and censorship.
“Music won’t be silenced!” writes Veronika who would like to get more people involved and hopes to create a discussion.

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Print2) On 94.7 The Pulse in Geelong, Patrick Chiller and Mik Aidt will be marking Music Freedom Day on Monday 3 March with an hour of music by and interviews with persecuted musicians from countries such as Tibet, Egypt, Cameroon, Pakistan, USA and Australia. The show is broadcasted live at 11-12am local time.

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will also be participating. They will have a feature article on as well as Radio 2 national programmes pointing to the day and the Freemuse site.

A part of ‘This Land – Your Land? Songs for political action’ on 9 March 2014 on the Internet radio will be dedicated to Music Freedom Day 2014.

Jungeltelegrafen on NRK will produce a special theme edition of the radio show, which runs both Saturday 1 March and Monday 3 March. Among other content it will include a session and an interview with Loten Namling from Tibet. In addition, the reports into these matters will be offered to NRK’s new daily music show ‘Spillerom’, which is the ‘flagship’ of the music department at NRK P2. Journalist Arne Berg will also be delivering reports to the new Norwegian channel P13.

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Voice of America Deeva Radio Service will present a One Hour Live Showon Music Freedom Day with Behroz Khan (host) and Amjad Shehzad.

Journalist Sher Alam Shinwari will contribute with an article on the plight of singers and artists in KP and FATA regions – the stronghold of militant groups. He will talk to singers and artists, and will also be asking the provincial culture department on their take on the issue after a hand-grenade attack in a cinema on 2 Febraury 2014 killed six and injured 40 persons.

Disco 3000 will join on Radio B92 on 2 March from 23.00 to 24.00. The main topic of the hour will be the crisis and the music in Sudan. Host: Bojan Đorđević.


For seven consecutive years, the Catalan radio journalist Albert Reguant has collaborated in the Music Freedom Day campaign. This year he will do it in a new radio programme, ‘Les Rutes Del So’ (‘The Routes of the Sound’), which is broadcasted both on radio FM and on the Internet.

“I hope that this day has a large global impact, and that musicians can feel more protected,” Albert Reguant said.
“For this special program we have a selection of musical artists who have been censored or have their works, who have been exiled, or who are, or have been, victims of the silence of the media in their respective countries.”

Among these artists possible to emphasize the Ukrainian singer ROSAWA, Palestinian singer AMAL MURKUS, singer of Xinjiang/China MAMER, Syrian singer GHARIB, Mali tuareg group TAMIKREST, Tibetan singer SONAME, Catalan-Valencian songwriter RAIMON or the American folk singer PETE SEEGER. These last, died in the last January.

Albert Reguant is an internationally recognised music journalist, member of the World Music Charts Europe and other international organisations.

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In Utah, Ethnosphere Radio, which is broadcasted every Sunday evening from 7:00-10:00 pm and has been running in 22 years, is promoting Music Freedom Day on Facebook with this banner.


IFEX are planning to feature a story on Music Freedom Day 3 March 2014 looking back at the some of the musicians who have covered in IFEX over the year in tribute to the day.

The IDAHO Committee will be marking the Music Freedom Day by outlining the connections between LGBT rights and freedom of expression through music, and will be underscoring the importance of these issues by launching a call for choirs and communities to join the chorus for Freedom of Expression on by participating in a ‘Global Sing-in’ for the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia on 17 May 2014.

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