Niger: Cameroonian singer denied entry visa to hold concert

6 April 2016

Nigerian authorities denied Cameroonian singer Franko an entry visa to Niger on moral grounds that his current hit, ‘Coller la petite’, “violates the customs of the country”, reported music industry news portal Music in Africa on 15 February 2016. The singer was scheduled to hold a concert in Niamey on …

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PEN International: Day of the Imprisoned Writer

6 November 2014

15 November 2014 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer. PEN International launched the first Day of the Imprisoned Writer in 1981, with the aim of focusing much-needed global attention on imprisoned, murdered or otherwise harassed writers. Since then, the Day of the Imprisoned Writer has …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

17 May 2014

Musician Lapiro de Mbanga comments on his situation in the prison, and on his cause   In September 2008, Lapiro was sentenced to three years imprisonment and a huge fine. Sharing a cell with more than 50 persons, Lapiro’s health has deteriorated as hygiene conditions and food are substandard. This video …

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Cameroon: Lapiro for ever

10 April 2014

The Cameroon musician Lapiro de Mbanga died on the 16 March 2014 in Buffalo in the United States. In Cameroon, his departure was highly regretted in spite of all the problems he had had with the judiciary. Lapiro’s legacy will live on. By Jane Bell In Cameroon, in the weeks …

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Cameroon / USA: Lapiro moves on to the other side

17 March 2014

By Daniel Brown One thing were his words. The other was the man, dubbed “the unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” in his native Cameroon. A ball of intensity who seemed unbent by his three years behind bars and the nigh-constant pressure before and after his release on 24 September 2011. …

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RIP Lapiro de Mbanga

17 March 2014

Singer and musician Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon – the “unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” – has died, 56 years old. By Freemuse Lapiro de Mbanga was a musical “freedom fighter” who articulated the daily injustices he witnessed in his songs – and was punished hard for his right to …

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Artist Alert: February 2014 | Article 19

14 March 2014

Newsletter from Article 19, published on on 14 March 2014: 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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Cameroon: Poetry collection to raise funds for imprisoned poet

12 February 2014

English PEN has launched a print-on-demand version of Enoh Meyomesse’s poetry collection, ‘Jail Verse: Poems from Kondengui Prison’, to help raise much-needed funds for the imprisoned activist and poet Cameroonian activist and poet Enoh Meyomesse’s most recent appeal hearing, scheduled for 16 January 2014, was postponed. This is the seventh …

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Cameroon: Banned feature film promoted online

7 October 2013

Renowned Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s feature film ‘The President’ is banned in Cameroon. On 7 October 2013 it was announced that it is now available on a leading African video-on-demand platform, Buni TV, the first week free of charge. The story of the film revolves around the disappearance of the …

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