|Music Freedom Day celebrates freedom of musical expression worldwide|
|Songs smuggled out from Burma, DJ returns to Kabul, singer in court room in Cameroon. Choir sings about the Arab revolution and secret guests in New York. The plight of imprisoned musicians Win Maw from Burma and Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon perfectly illustrates why Music Freedom Day, 3 March, is so necessary and why it will be marked and promoted in so many countries this year.
Songs smuggled out from Burma
Freemuse is making available three new songs by Win Maw, smuggled out from Burma, for Music Freedom activities. In ‘Go to Sleep’ he calls for continued struggle and criticizes those who “just talk”.
In court in Cameroon on Music Freedom Day
A representative of Freemuse will observe the trial in Cameroon. The very same day cultural activists and musicians in Cameroon will meet and discuss issues of music censorship in the country at the Centre Culturel François Villon de Yaoundé
DJ returns to Kabul, secret musicians online in New York
In another corner of the world, New York, ‘Impossible Music Sessions’ is celebrating Music Freedom Day by inviting two secret guests to talk about music censorship in their home country. Their identities will only be revealed during the session as they are members of an underground group banned in their home country.
They will be joined on phone by Deeyah, co-producer of the Freemuse CD ‘Listen to the Banned’, who as an artist experienced death threats.
Complaints choir in Amman, music against genocide in Cairo
Zimbabwe musicians speak out and order
In the evening, Zimbabwean musicians will celebrate Music Freedom Day with a concert at the Book Café in Harare, led by a fantastic array of Zimbabwean artists who support the message of freedom of musical expression.
Concerts, film screenings and discussions in Europe
Events include concerts at ufaFabrik in Berlin with a focus on Cambodia, a film screening and discussion at Amsterdam’s Tropentheater focusing on Afghanistan, several concerts at Konstepidemin in Gothenburg, an exhibition in the city library of Aalborg in Denmark, a commemoration of the Turkish singer Ahmet Kaya in Copenhagen and a discussion on music censorship in China at University of Liverpool
Broadcast events in a dozen countries
NRK and SR, the national broadcasters of Norway and Sweden are featuring special reports from Cairo.
Canadian Broadcasting, CBC, is featuring reports from West Africa, www.radioyouthology.net in Birmingham goes live with 24 hours continuous broadcast focusing on music censorship and radio stations in USA, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland and Spain are presenting special programmes about Music Freedom Day.
From Mumbai to North America
Read the full list of activities on www.musicfreedomday.org
Media contact — by email or phone
E-mail: marie.korpe ( a ) freemuse.org – tel: +45 29 44 42 80 (cell)
E-mail: ole.reitov ( a ) freemuse.org – tel: +45 23 23 27 65 (cell) / +45 3332 1027 (office)
|Music for broadcasters
MFD Signature song no 1
MFD Signature song no 2
Current audio interviews for broadcasters
Generation Wave (Myanmar / Burma)
Listen to more artists suffering under censorship
Artist interviews – with exiled and banned musicians