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Nigeria: Femi Kuti

1 August 2005

Since the beginning of the 1990ies, Femi Kuti from Nigeria has been taking up the task of his father, Fela Kuti, to speak up against corruption, mismanagement and bad governance. In July 2005, he performed at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark where he gave this interview. Watch interview Criticism and …

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Nigeria report launched in Paris

4 June 2003

“WHICH WAY NIGERIA” New Freemuse report launched in ParisNigerian master-drummer Tony Allen (the powerhouse behind the late Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70) and the composer Ray Lema, member of Freemuse advisory board, both contributed when Freemuse presented its new report on music and censorship in Nigeria.The Freemuse report “Which way …

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Nigeria: Tony Allen

27 May 2003

Tony Allen, former drummer with Fela Kuti and father of the AfroBeat. Interviewed by Freemuse/Barbro Schultz in Paris, April 2003 at the launch of the Freemuse report “Which Way Nigeria?”   Tony Allen – Photo by Barbro Schultz Part I What can you tell us about music censorship in Nigeria? …

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Communiqu

30 April 2003

COMMUNIQU « Which way Nigeria ? » Charia, argent, morale et autocensure: menaces sur la musique Par Jean-Christophe Servant       Le reporter Jean-Christophe Servant pr Read more:

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Freemuse report on censorship in Nigeria: “Which way Nigeria?”

30 April 2003

Jean-Christophe Servant “Which way Nigeria?” Music under Threat: A Question of Money, Morality, Self-Censorship and the Sharia Freemuse, Copenhagen, April 2003 ISSN 1601-2127 Many Nigerian musicians battle for economic and professional survival, as the NTBB (Not To Be Broadcasted) code at national radio/TV, payola, and Islamic Sharia Laws affects the …

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Music and Fundamentalism in Nigeria

1 January 2003

Music and Fundamentalism in Nigeria Article by Freemuse report writer Jean-Christophe Servant on music and Shariah law. Story from World Press Review   Read the Freemuse report on Nigeria  

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Ali Farka Tour

18 June 2002

ABSTRACT, English “Which way Nigeria?” – Music under Threat: A Question of Money, Morality, Self-Censorship and the Sharia is based on an investigation done between May and June 2002 in Nigeria, from Lagos to Kano.The focus is on the relatively recent storyof Nigerian music and its intimate links with the …

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Nigeria: ‘Leash on Their Tongues’

1 March 2001

By Mr. Sola Olorunyomi, writer, journalist, Nigeria.       Even this long after Plato’s envisioned Republic, committed art, and music particularly, remains endangered by different censoring agents. I could not help but reach such a conclusion after re-examining the fact-file in Nigeria and Ghana. In recent history, the modes …

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1910 – 1959 Africa

1 January 2001

1917. 1938. 1952. Nigeria. Yoruba drummers. The British colonial government was annoyed by the Yoruba drumming. It was considered as “unnecessary noise making” and thus prohibited and restricted. Even local Yoruba chiefs took steps to restrict drumming. Colonial rule hade made them answerable to the colonial government and drumming was …

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1970s Africa

1 January 2001

1971. South Africa. Beatles The South African government lifts its ban on the Beatles’ recordings.1970s. Zaïre. Franco Luambo Makiadi In Zaïre (later renamed D. R. Congo) one of the greats of Congolese/Zaïrean music, Franco Luambo Makiadi, the leader of OK Jazz, was jailed on a number of occasions and had …

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