South Africa: Old anti-apartheid song banned on hate speech charges

19 April 2010

On 26 March 2010, a South African court prohibited the singing of a controversial anti-apartheid song, ‘Ayesab’amagwala’ (‘The cowards are afraid’). A part of the lyrics translates as ‘kill the boer’, or ‘shoot the boer’, urging to the shooting of white farmers, and the singing of the song has indirectly …

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Somalia: 14 radio stations in Somalia’s capital turned off music

14 April 2010

All radio stations in Mogadishu stopped playing music on 13 April 2010, following an ultimatum by hardline Islamist militia, reported AFP. By Freemuse Tuesday 13 April 2010 was quickly declared ‘the day the music died’ in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. “But who killed it and how was it killed?,” Freemuse’s correspondent, …

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Nigeria: Music festival cancelled by censorship board

12 April 2010

A three-night music festival at a cultural centre in Kano in northern Nigeria, KANFEST, was cancelled by the Kano State Censorship Board, reported AFP. The annual music festival is funded and organised by the French embassy in northern Nigeria. “We have banned the music festival for the reason that we …

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Somalia: Music ban on radio stations was expected

7 April 2010

On 3 April 2010, the top commander for Hisbul Islam in Mogadishu, Ma’allin Hashi Mohamed Farah, issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Mogadishu-based radio stations to stop airing all kinds of music or face unspecified Sharia-based penalties. A regional analyst, Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays, writes in this article that the ban …

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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 “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 on 5 January 2010 An article on 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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