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: First video interview after Lapiro’s release from prison

8 May 2011

Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was interviewed on 8 May 2011 — his first video interview since he was released from prison in Douala on 8 April after three years imprisonment. Interview by Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov          Cameroon     Interview article in French – 24 June 2011: MBANGA: “Si Fru …

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Cameroon: Music Freedom Day event in Garoua

5 March 2013

COMPTE RENDU MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2013 Samedi 2 mars 2013 à Garoua Par Ebah Essongue Shabba Contexte et justification Dans le monde, on ne compte plus le nombre d’artistes ou de chansons censurés sur les stations de radio, des musiciens menacés ou agressés, des artistes qui se sont vus refuser …

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Cameroon: Appeal for songwriter detained for his lyrics

7 August 2008

CAMPAIGNS AND ACTION  The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Freemuse protests the four-month detention of the well known singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga. International Pen Writers in Prison Committee’s Rapid Action Network sent the following appeal on 7 august 2008: The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of …

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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 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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