DR Congo: Ivorian reggae singer denied entry in airport

22 June 2015

Côte Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly and his band were denied entry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they were due to perform at the Jazz Kif Festival on Sunday 21 June 2015. According to Reuters, a spokesman of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced …

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DR Congo: Censorship commission’s music ban leads to arrest

5 September 2011

A tv programme director was arrested for having broadcasted an allegedly ‘immoral’ music video with the Congolese band Zaïko Langa Langa This was reported by Journalist in Danger (Journaliste En Danger, JED) in Kinshasa. Junior Kudur Kasongo was arrested on Tuesday 30 August 2011 at the head office of CMC …

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Congo: Music Freedom Day a successful cultural event

5 March 2008

  In Congo-Brazzaville, Music Freedom Day 2008 was marked by a seminar, a roundtable and live music. The event was arranged by the cultural organisation Erwill Promo Entertainment and aimed to identify the process and the effects of music censorship in the country. Article based on the report from Erwill …

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Music Freedom Day 2008 – index

3 March 2008

 See the Music Freedom Day concert at Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center: What happened on Music Freedom Day in 2008?3 March 2008 was observed as a global ‘Music Freedom Day’. Seminars and concerts were held in Norway, Afghanistan and Congo-Brazzaville. The concert in Oslo was broadcasted on national radio in …

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DR Congo: Political songs banned during election

30 October 2006

Congo’s High Media Authority has banned a number of songs and jingles in an attempt to preserve calm in the run-up to the election of the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Reuters’ Alistair Thomson reports from Kinshasa Candidates to become the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo turned …

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DR Congo: Ban on rap music

21 June 2004

Ban on rap music in D.R. Congo In June 2004, the Committee of Censorship in the Democratic Republic of Congo censored all Congolese rap groups and foreign music. This decision was taken by the Attorney General of the Republic. The reason given for banning rap is that it is ‘obscene …

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1990s Africa

1 January 2001

1997. Tabu Lay Rochereau. Democratic Republic of Congo The album ‘Kebo Beat’ was banned in the musician’s native Democratic Republic of Congo, described as having ‘immoral lyrics’. Despite bringing Zairean music to an international audience, Tabu Lay Rochereau was forced to flee the former Zaïre after criticism from the late …

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