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Mali: Three years after the music ban

14 December 2015

When the religious music ban in the northern part of Mali was lifted in 2013, Andy Morgan wrote the book ‘Music, Conflict and Culture in Mali’. Here is his account of what has happened in the country since then. By Andy Morgan    INSIGHT  One of the accusations often levelled at …

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Artist Alert: July 2013 | Article 19

14 August 2013

Newsletter from Article 19, published on article19.org on 14 August 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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Freemuse Award presented to Festival au Désert

17 June 2013

Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’, received the Freemuse Award on 3 June 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The award ceremony took place in connection with a UN session on the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity …

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Freemuse Award to be presented in UN building in Geneva

23 May 2013

Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’, will receive the Freemuse Award on Monday 3 June 2013 at the Geneva United Nations headquarters in Switzerland. The award ceremony will take place in connection with a UN session on the right to freedom of artistic …

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New book: ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’

21 May 2013

Freemuse are pleased to announce the publication of our first book, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, which is launched in a digital and on-demand paperback edition on 21 May 2013. “Essential reading for anyone who has been touched by Saharan music. It gives a clear and gripping picture of …

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Freemuse Award winner 2013: ‘Festival in the Desert’ in Mali

6 February 2013

“The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, Executive Director, Freemuse. From Bamako, Founder and Festival Director …

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Press release: Freemuse Award 2013 to Festival au Desert

6 February 2013

“The Freemuse Award 2013 is given to ‘Festival au Désert’, which in spite of extreme Islamists’ attempts to silence all music in Mali, defends freedom of musical expression and struggles to continue keeping music alive in the region”, says Marie Korpe, Executive Director, Freemuse. From Bamako, Founder and Festival Director …

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Lauréat du Freemuse Award 2013 : Festival au Désert – Mali

6 February 2013

Le Freemuse Award est attribué à Festival au Désert qui s’efforce de maintenir en vie la musique au Mali. Ceci en dépit de menaces constantes émises par les extrémistes liés à Al-Qaïda installés dans la région depuis plus d’un an. Depuis Bamako, Manny Ansar, le fondateur et directeur du festival, …

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Mali: Music festival exiled to Burkina Faso

10 January 2013

Radio report from a music catastrophe area: The al-Qaida-linked militants in northern Mali have banned music of any kind, even cellphone ringtones, and have also put an end to the ‘Festival in the Desert’, which had been held for the past decade near Timbuktu. The festival will now transform into …

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