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Music Freedom Day 2009 – main page

3 March 2009
On Tuesday 3 March 2009 musicians and broadcasters
world-wide will focus on music censorship
 

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Events on the day in Stockholm, Sweden
Freemuse Award 2009 to American singer Pete Seeger
Invitation to join
Are you a musician?
Are you a radio producer?
Audio files for radio broadcast
Media coverage
Let others know what YOU will be doing on 3 March
 

Freemuse invites musicians and broadcasters to participate in a global event on the subject of freedom of expression.

 

 

Musicians for freedom of expression

Over three years, the annual Music Freedom Day — observed on Tuesday 3 March 2009 — has grown into an event which inspires increasing numbers of musicians and concert organisers to join.

Death threats to musicians in North-west Pakistan, imprisonment of musicians in Burma, Cameroon and Ethiopia, radio airplay restrictions on music in Somalia, endless court cases in Turkey… If you browse through the news headlines of the last weeks on freemuse.org, you could very well get the impression that musicians are an endangered species.

This is why, once a year, musicians and media get together to advocate freedom of expression for musicians world-wide.

This year, the Nobel a concert and a seminar in Stockholm, Sweden, will highlight the Music Freedom Day. Read more…

Radio reports and award announcement

Freemuse invites you to take part in the event as well. The Music Freedom Day is an opportunity to take a thorough look at the subject – in many languages, cultures, countries and points of view. This website features several original radio interviews and radio reports which are offered to radio stations in broadcast quality, free of charge.

In 2008. a 15 minutes radio report including interviews with reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly has been produced specifically for African radio stations that wish to inform their listeners about music censorship on the occasion of the global event. The radio report can be downloaded here.

The annual Freemuse Award will be announced on 3 March during the Music Freedom Day events.

 

 





Click to read about the concert in Stockholm
Click to read about the Music Freedom Day concert in Stockholm

 

 

You can also join!

Freemuse invites musicians and broadcasters to participate in this global event on the subject of music and censorship. The Music Freedom Day gives an opportunity to take a thorough look at the subject


Musicians and journalists are invited to consider directing their activities or programming on 3 March, or the days leading up to it, on the subject of banned music.

On 3 March 2007, which was the first Music Freedom Day, media houses from Canada and USA in the west to Zimbabwe in the south and Pakistan in the east joined the initiative. Journalists based in countries such as India, Lebanon and Zimbabwe went out on their own and interviewed censored musicians as well as censoring radio executives, and it didn’t take long before their interviews were quoted in other medias around the world. A Google search showed that the event was mentioned more than 10,000 times on the internet. Artists from all over the world were interviewed by journalists, and several important magazines made special articles.

On 3 March 2008, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo highlighted Music Freedom Day with a seminar and a concert featuring Kris Kristofferson (USA), Ferhat Tunç (Turkey), Chiwoniso Maraiere (Zimbabwe) and Norway’s own world famous Sámi singer, Marie Boine, while in Congo Brazzaville, the cultural organisation Erwill Promo Entertainment marked the day with a seminar and a round table focusing on freedom of musical expression.

Co-ordination and networking
This particular web page on freemuse.org will be continously updated and will become a virtual ‘meeting point’ for the participating musicians and media people. On this page, we include and continously update a list of all of the various partners who participate in the world-wide Music Freedom Day, as well as a list of the media coverage.

You will also find inspiration and ideas for themes or interviews in your programmes – or what to say to your audience at your concerts near the event on 3 March – below on this page.

And don’t forget that this website, freemuse.org, is an excellent resource on the subject for research purposes.

On the occasion of the Music Freedom Day we extend our services to the media and upload free high resolution video and audio clips for use in radio and tv programmes. See examples below.

 

Let others know what YOU will be doing on 3 March


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Are you a musician?
– and would you like to join?

Music Freedom Day is an “advocacy and awareness event”. Freemuse does not expect any financial contributions, but we invite bands, musicians, choirs, orchestra and individuals to join us.

By simply including a dedication from the stage, or in a live radio interview, a presentation, or on your concert poster, you are automatically part of the global event. Whether you are a school choir or a world famous band you can make a difference and show your solidarity with colleagues around the world who suffer from censorship, blacklisting, bans, repression, death threats, imprisonment or harassments.

Should you wish to join, you are most welcome to make use of the “dedication samples” below, or create your own. If you send us a note we will also publish your name and place of the event here on our website.

You may use all our material for free, as long as you state the source: Freemuse.
(On websites preferably with a clickable link, pointing at www.freemuse.org)

What to say?
Here are six different suggestions to what you could tell your audience during performances on 3 March, or in the week up til 3 March. You could also place a dedication text on your poster, or on your website.
Feel free to make other dedications or to change our suggestions so they that feel right when you say them:

Dedication – example #1
“This performance is part of Music Freedom Day – an annual global event advocating freedom of musical expression. We join colleagues round the world and Freemuse – The World Forum on Music and Censorship – in their advocacy of human rights.”

Dedication – example #2
“All around the world thousands of our musical colleagues are censored by regimes who do not subscribe to musicians’ and composers’ right to freedom of musical expression.
Tonight we join thousands of music lovers in celebrating Music Freedom Day – organised by Freemuse, the World Forum on Music & Censorship.
We thank you for supporting musicians’ and composers’ right to freedom of expression.”

Dedication – example #3
“Can you imagine a country without music? Well, the Taliban in Afghanistan can. They are trying hard to stop everyone there from playing music, blowing up CD-shops with bombs, and giving fines to people who play music in their cars.
Today we join colleagues round the world and celebrate Music Freedom Day and the right to freedom of musical expression
Freemuse is an organisation advocating our rights to musical freedom. Their motto is “Music will not be silenced” – let’s join them.”

Dedication – example #4
“Imagine the world without music. Or imagine a world where we are told what to play, what to sing and even what we may listen to in the privacy of our own homes. That world already exists. In more countries that you might imagine, musicians and composers are under threat. And that threat is growing.
Today we therefore join Freemuse – the World Forum on Music & Censorship – and colleagues all over the world in the celebration of Music Freedom Day. This concert is dedicated to the freedom of musical expression, and the motto is Music will not be silenced

Dedication – example #5
“Music and musicians have always generated enemies. Stalin censored modern composers. Hitler banned all jazz music and music by Jewish composers. US media censored the country band Dixie Chicks, and the Taliban in Afghanistan still tries to stop all music whatsoever.
Today we celebrate Music Freedom Day – an annual global event advocating freedom of musical expression. We join colleagues round the world and Freemuse – The World Forum on Music & Censorship – in their advocacy of human rights, and we say “Music will not be silenced” “
 

Dedication – example #6
“Today ( / this week) we celebrate “Music Freedom Day” together with colleagues round the world. We dedicate this concert (/ song) to our fellow musicians* who have been banned, and to the work of Freemuse – the World Forum on Music & Censorship.”
(* see list of artists )

Spread the word!

You can place a music freedom day banner on your home page, (clickable, referring people to http://www.freemuse.org/news/music-freedom-day-2009-main-page/ when they click on the banner)

You can place a little “ad” in the signature in the bottom of your emails, saying something like:

    • Music Freedom Day: 3 March 2009.

 

    www.freemuse.org/news/music-freedom-day-2009-main-page/

or:

    • Music Freedom Day

 

    • Musicians and broadcasters participate in

 

    • a global event on the subject of music and

 

    • censorship on 3 March 2009. Join us!

 

    Read more on http://www.freemuse.org/news/music-freedom-day-2009-main-page/

or simply place a little clickable banner there.

You can tell your musician friends about the event, about this page on freemuse.org, and that they can also join.

You can also spread the word by telling about this event in your private blog, in the online music forums which you are a member of, or by suggesting to your ‘friends’ on MySpace that they should add www.myspace.com/musiccensorship as a friend.

Come up with more ideas, and send them to us.


Let us know what you plan to do, so that we can inform about it on this Music Freedom Day page. Send an e-mail to web editor at Freemuse, so we can include your name on this web page.

Or type it in yourself on this page…

Examples
of musicians who placed a ‘Music Freedom Day’ banner on their home pages in 2008:

 Junoon
 Viomak

 




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Are you a radio producer?

– and would you like to join?

Should you wish to join, you are most welcome to make use of the interviews that we’ve prepared for broadcasters for this purpose.
Below you will find a list of interviews on music censorship in different parts of the world.

 

For the previous Music Freedom Day, we also produced a list of interviews which are still relevant. From Afghanistan, Belarus (along with six Belarusian songs), China, Cuba, Ivory Coast, Jordan, South Africa, Turkey, and USA, plus a signature song by Iranian singer Marjan Vahdat and guitarist Jason Carter. See the link below.

You may use this material for free as long as you state the source: Freemuse. (On web sites preferably with a clickable link, pointing at www.freemuse.org)

Ideas for themes
If we should suggest some current angles on music censorship they could be:

Political censorship (e.g. Belarus, Zimbabwe, China)

Religious censorship and music prohibition (e.g. Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan)

Corporate censorship ( e.g. USA: Dixie Chicks, and more)

Women and censorship ( e.g. Iran, Afghanistan, and more)

If you would like to participate, please inform our web editor, , at Freemuse, so we can include your programme, URL and description on this web page.

Freemuse will continously update this page which is dedicated to the project and to its media partners.

 

Audio files available for download 
High resolution audio for broadcast – please note
The audio files listed below are accessible in low resolution (24 Kps) for instant listening online. If or when you find one which you would like to use for your radio programme, you will need it in high resolution. A list can be found here.
  Click on audio icon for instant listening:
 

Aziza Brahim – from Western Sahara Click to listen to MP3 i low resolution


Tiken Jah Fakoly – from Côte d’Ivoire Click to listen to mp3 in low resolution
 
Click to see video
Click to see video

 
Music censorship in Africa – 15 minutes radio report
Hear what the African musicians have to say themselves about the topic. This fresh radio report is produced for African radio stations that wish to inform their listeners about the issues concerning music censorship in Africa.
Click to listen to or download the 15 minutes radio report
 
Click to listen to or download the 15 minutes radio report
 
Waves of shock and fear in Pakistan – about the banning of music centres (in Pashto language)
About religious militants’ attacks on music centres, and the reactions from the owners of the music business in Swat Valley of North-West Pakistan.

Get five short voice clips in MP3-format
 
Click to get five voice clips from Pakistan
 
Rabah Donquishoot – about Algeria (in French and Berber)
Speaks about music censorship in Algeria and about the role of the Algerian musician Matoub Lounes who was assassinated in 1998. 
More information
 
Click to listen
 
Fermin Muguruza – about Spain
Speaks about his experiences with music censorship in Spain: Its mechanisms, its impact on the artist, and the fear of music. 
More information
 
Click to listen
 
Maxwell Sibanda – about Zimbabwe
Speaks about music censorship in Zimbabwe. About how the government has promoted itself through music while excluding musical voices of the opposition, and about the impact of radio blacklisting. 
More information
 
Click to listen
 
Signature song: ‘152 mesures…’ – recorded for Freemuse
The song was recorded especially for the Music Freedom Day 2008 by Algerian rapper Rabah Donquishoot, his band MBS, and guest stars. 
More information.
 
Click to listen
 
To get hold of one or more of these audio files in high resolution (320 kps MP3 files), or as a video file in high resolution (DVCAM PAL), see text above.  
See also:

Interviews from Music Freedom Day 2007
 
 


Media coverage of Music Freedom Day 2009


Google – continously updated:

Search: ‘Freemuse Award’ + ‘Pete Seeger’

Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, SR, Mitt I Musiken – 6 March 2009:

‘Musikens yttrandefrihet i v


Media coverage of ‘Music Freedom Day 2008


Frankfurter Rundschau – 5 March 2008:

‘Zensur: Welches Instrument der Teufel spielt’

KUAR FM89, Little Rock Arkansas, USA – 5 March 2008:
:
Playlist Archives of ‘From Albion and Beyond’

NRK – 5 March 2008:

‘Musihkkalas friddjavuođa beaivi’

Norad  4 March 2008:

‘Slipp musikken fri’

Journalen 4 March 2008:

‘Nordmenn er ignorante’

Haaretz Daily – 3 March 2008
:
www.haaretz.co.il

www.rockonnet.com
– 3 March 2008:
‘Music Freedom Day’

www.smaalenene.no – 3 March 2008:

‘Frihetselskende countrylegende’

NRK  3 March 2008:

‘Steinet av tyrkisk politi’

Mondomix – March 2008:

‘Music freedom Day – Louis Mhlanga’

Swedish Broadcasting Corporation – 2 March 2008:

‘Tiken Jah Fakoly – ett reportage av Maria Arnqvist’
 
Rikskonsertene:
‘Music Freedom Day’ (Norwegian)

Utrop.no – 28 February 2008:

‘Musikk er en menneskerett!’ (‘Music is a human right’)

Media For Freedom – 26 February 2008:

‘Music Freedom Day’

IFEX  26 February 2008:

‘Take Action! Celebrate Music Freedom Day’

Vita, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR P1 – 18 February 2008:

‘Sangens ytringsfrihed’ (‘Freedom of expression in singing’)

World Music Central – 20 February 2008:

‘Celebrate Music Freedom Day 2008’

Samora – 18 February 2008:

‘Music Freedom Day p

 
Information about Freemuse:
CNN’s “Worldbeat”: A victim of terrorism
Comment about the closure of CNN’s “Worldbeat” programme
From Media Channel
  See also the special section on September 11
 
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