Angola: When the people’s silence speaks

1 March 2004

Here is a rare, detailed description of the present situation for a number of underground hip-hop artists in Angola, written by the Angolan journalist Rafael Marques. The article features an interview with the 22-year-old rapper MCK. “Music has no place in the grand scheme of politics in Angola. Especially not …

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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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South Africa: Film documentary ‘Stopping the Music’

15 September 2002

STOPPING THE MUSIC Music censorship in South Africa South Africa 2002, 54 minutes Directed by Douglas Mitchell Produced by Michael Drewett Press release ‘Stopping the music’ is the story of a South African protest singer and the security branch policeman assigned to end his career. The events surrounding the central …

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Presentation of Zimbabwe report by Banning Eyre

30 October 2001

Freemuse report on Zimbabwe presented at WOMEX 2001     Journalist and writer Banning Eyre (US) presenting his report, Playing With Fire – Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music, at WOMEX, Rotterdam, 27th of October 2001. He talks about the background for the report and mentions some examples of music …

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Freemuse report on music censorship in Zimbabwe

25 October 2001

  Banning Eyre Playing with Fire: Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music. Freemuse, Copenhagen, October 2001, ISSN 1601-2127 Banning Eyre, one of the United States’ foremost journalists on African music, on the situation in Mugabe’s increasingly repressive Zimbabwe.Watch video from the official presentation of the report at WOMEX 2001, click …

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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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South Africa: ‘The Censored meet their Censor’

1 January 2001

1st FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP Copenhagen, 20-22 November 1998 The text below is an excerpt from the conference report   This page in printer-friendly PDF format     South Africa: The Censored meet their Censor – Music and Censorship during Apartheid in South Africa Mr. Sipho Mabuse and …

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2 January 2000

Cameroon/Russia: The artist vs. the state Video clip of the session ‘THE ARTIST VS. THE STATE: THE CASE OF LAPIRO DE MBANGA AND THE CAMPAIGN FOR PUSSY RIOT’ at the conference ‘All that is Banned is desired’. 14 December 2012   Cameroon: Petition for musicians LabourStart has launched an online …

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Mauritania: Political Correctness –A Letter From Maalouma

18 March 1998

Speech by Ms. Ms. Maalouma Meida Mint, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998  I was born in an artist’s family. I was taught traditional music by my father who was known as the best musician in my country. I was distinguished from other musicians because I was considered …

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