Angola: Rappers’ concerts cancelled, one shut down by police

10 November 2016

Rappers Ikonoklasta (real name: Luaty Beirão) and MCK planned to hold joint concert ‘Ikopongo’ on 5 November 2016 at a venue in Angolan capital Luanda, but had to reschedule the event for the next day at a different venue after management cancelled the show; the relocated show was then shut …

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Angola: Rapper Luaty Beirão sentenced to over five years in prison

30 March 2016

On 28 March 2016, the prominent Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for planning a rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, reported several news sources. 34-year-old Luaty Beirão was sentenced to 5.5 years for “rebellion against the president of the republic, criminal association and …

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Angola: Rapper MCK barred from leaving the country

26 November 2015

The Angolan immigration services have barred the rapper MCK from leaving Luanda’s International Airport. He was invited to perform at a rap festival in Brazil on 26 November 2015, reported Rafael Marques de Morais from Angola. Immigration officials told MCK that they had ‘superior orders’ to prevent him from leaving …

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Angola: Freemuse calls for immediate release of detained rapper

16 October 2015

On 15 October 2015, the 33-year-old Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão entered his fourth week of hunger strike in protest of his detention without trial since June – along with 14 other opposition activists accused of ‘rebellion’ and of seeking to ‘attack the president’. Freemuse holds the Angolan authorities responsible for …

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Artist Alert: October 2013 | Article 19

25 November 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 14 November 2013: Art, in any form, constitutes a key medium through which information and ideas are imparted and received. Artist Alert, launched by ARTICLE 19 in 2008, highlights cases of artists around the world whose right to freedom of expression has …

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Angola: CDs, DVDs and audiovisual works confiscated by police

18 March 2013

“The Angolan National Police have confiscated CDs DVDs and a series of audiovisual works by Angolan activists in an act of censorship against voices that are unsettling those in power in Angola,” reported Global Voices on 14 March 2013. These works include rapper Brigadeiro 10 Pacotes’ new DVD, a DVD about …

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Angola: Rapper arrested for drug smuggling: ‘I was framed’

16 July 2012

Luaty Beirão, a popular Angolan rapper known by the artist name Ikonoklasta, has been beaten up, arrested, his house broken into, his girlfriend kidnapped, and his family has been terrorised with anonymous death threats. On 11 June 2012, he was arrested again – this time at Portela Airport in the …

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Angola: Rappers beaten up before manifestation

26 March 2012

Six musicians and activists who were in a meeting to prepare for a public protest demonstration were violently attacked by unidentified aggressors. The episode was just one of more violent attacks on musicians and other activist during the days that lead up to the demonstrations of 10 March 2012. By …

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Angola: Two rappers among group of protestors arrested

7 September 2011

Two rappers are among 24 youth activists who were put in detention for having called for democratic and economic reforms in anti-government protests on 3 September 2011. The two rappers are Carbono (real name: Dionísio Casimiro) and Explosivo Mental (real name: Jeremias Aniceto). Another rapper, Brigadeiro Mata Frakuzx, has been living …

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