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Woman singer angers Afghan judges

16 January 2004

Afghanistan’s supreme court has complained to the government over the appearance of an Afghan woman singing on state television“This has to be stopped,” Deputy Chief Justice Fazel Ahmed Manawi told the Reuters news agency.Story from BBC; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3396283.stm  

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Afghan TV U-turn on women singers

16 January 2004

Afghan state television has gone back on a decision to show female singers, saying the country is not yet ready for such broadcasts.     A song by the popular artist, Salma, was shown on Monday, the first time such images were broadcast since 1992. But the programming chief of …

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Pop lyrics and their censors

15 January 2004

” Political correctness has imposed a new restraint on free speech.” Interview with Freemuse co-chair Martin Cloonan on music censorship today, from BBC; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3395823.stm How do pop lyrics get past the censors? Cloonan interviewed by BBC Front Row 12th of January 2004 (audio interview) http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/frontrow_20040112.shtml  

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Sarah Jones and FCC

14 January 2004

” I think they should have the right to censor anybody, but my song didn’t have any of the seven “dirty words” that you’re not allowed to say on American radio.” American hip-hop poet and performance artist Sarah Jones on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling her song, Your Revolution …

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Singer Lee Jones attacks Bush

7 January 2004

American singer Rickie Lee Jones has attacked the policies of the Bush administration on her latest record – despite the potential risk to her career. “I usually reflect things totally internally. But I think what is happening in America is so disturbing to me, it becomes internal”. Story from BBC …

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Kurds struggle to find voice in Turkey

28 December 2003

In December 2003, one of Turkey’s best-known singers and film stars, Ibrahim Tatlises, sang a song in Kurdish, his native language, live on television. Then, a few days after his performance, members of Turkey’s rightist Ulkucu movement, the youth wing of former government partner the National Action Party, staged a …

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Pakistan: The censored meet the censor

18 December 2003

Where in Islam does it say that music is forbidden?” In the BBC4 programme “The Rock Star and the Mullah”, Salman Ahmad, guitarist with Pakistani rock group Junoon, meet the men who banned music. From BBC; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3322539.stm  

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Viva Corporate Control!?

12 December 2003

European independent music companies slam Universal’s alleged payola deal with Germany-based broadcaster Viva to guarantee video-time for Universals’ artists in return for payment Press release from IMPALA, Independent Music Companies Association See also Der Spiegel (in German)   Recommended background reading: Pay for play Payola City Payola – The paying of …

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Thomas Mapfumo denied visa

10 December 2003

The US based singer was denied entry into Canada on his last tour. By Al Green (aNOnym reCOrds), November 2003   “Here is the exclusive story from me, Captain Anonymous… We set sail from Eugene on Monday, Nov. 10. Our US Visas for the coming year had been called into …

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