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Somalia/ Kenya: Interview with Somali music shop owner in exile

10 February 2010

Fatma Adow is one of 25 women who on November 2008 faced the wrath of Somali militiamen the for taking part in a folklore dance galore in Somalia. She was interviewed in her Kenyan exile by Suleiman Mbatiah for IslamOnline.net “How can our own culture be ‘un-Islamic’?“ asks Fatma Adow. …

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Malawi: National radio bans the music of musician Lucius Banda

11 January 2010

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation has banned the music of one the country’s top musicians, Lucius Banda, because songs on his latest album express criticism of the country’s government, reported Africanews.com on 5 January 2010 An article on Africanews.com stated that according to an internal memorandum issued to the staff of Malawi …

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Uganda: Two songs banned for ‘defamation’

6 January 2010

Two songs by musician Mathias Walukagga – a prominent ‘kadongo kamu’ artist in Uganda’s capital Kampala – was banned from being played or distributed as from 3 November 2009 on the pretext that they were meant to demean and belittle a prominent business man in Kampala, Ssalongo Kasawuli, who is …

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Cameroon / France: Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga

6 January 2010

Mondomix has launched a free-for-download album in support of the imprisoned cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga. “This album compilation is no ordinary compilation,” writes Mondomix, a French online resource for worldwide music and culture. The album was produced by artists who want to inform about what is happening to Lapiro …

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Press release: Imprisoned singer in Cameroon wins global award

25 November 2009

One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the president of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize.   Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as an “unceremonial sheriff …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga wins global award

25 November 2009

  One song — three years imprisonment. Global award to the singer that the President of Cameroon fears for voicing peoples frustrations. Imprisoned musician Lapiro de Mbango is the 2009-winner of the ‘Freedom to Create’ Imprisoned Artist Prize. Nominated by Freemuse, Lapiro de Mbanga – described as an “unceremonial sheriff …

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Cameroon: Lapiro de Mbanga

25 November 2009

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 shortlisted for global award

26 October 2009

High profiled panel with conductor Daniel Barenboim points at imprisoned musician Lapiro for the final shortlist of The Orient Global Freedom to Create Prize. Meanwhile, a lawyers organisation backed up by former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, joins the Freemuse campaign for the singer’s release. Lapiro de Mbanga …

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