|On Tuesday 3 March 2009 musicians and broadcasters
world-wide will focus on music censorship
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
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.
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
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
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.
Are you a musician?
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.
What to say?
Dedication – example #6
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.
- 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.
Should you wish to join, you are most welcome to make use of the interviews that we’ve prepared for broadcasters for this purpose.
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
• 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
Tiken Jah Fakoly – from Côte d’Ivoire
|• 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
|• 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
|• 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
|• 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
|• 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
|• 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.
|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.|
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