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South Africa: Sipho Mabuse

11 July 2003

  “Culture can bring down governments, which is why governments do not want to support it strongly,” says Sipho Mabuse, one of the famous South African musicians that was banned during apartheid. The interview was recorded in South Africa in 1998 by Mr. Ole Reitov.     Listen to interview …

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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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South Africa: Freemuse workgroup established in South Africa

24 September 2001

WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED IN SOUTH AFRICA Report by Ole Reitov, journalist, member of the Freemuse Board   When Apartheid was abolished in South Africa years of attention on the role of South African music as a political weapon gradually vanished in international media. Exiled musicians came back, some with glamour …

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1990s Africa

1 January 2001

1997. Tabu Lay Rochereau. Democratic Republic of Congo The album ‘Kebo Beat’ was banned in the musician’s native Democratic Republic of Congo, described as having ‘immoral lyrics’. Despite bringing Zairean music to an international audience, Tabu Lay Rochereau was forced to flee the former Zaïre after criticism from the late …

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1980s Africa

1 January 2001

1980-1990. Mauritania. Malouma Mint El-Meidah All her songs were forbidden on national radio and television. reason: she criticise in her songs the government and the conservatives. Source: Moktar Gaouad: ‘Committed to rebellion’, in: Index of Censorship: ‘Smashed Hits’ Volume 27, 6/1998, p. 71-73 1980s. Somalia. Maryam Mursal Maryam Mursal made …

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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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1960s Africa

1 January 2001

1960s. South Africa. Miriam Makeba In 1963, after an impassioned testimony before the United Nations Committee Against Apartheid, all Makeba’s records were banned in South Africa. Miriam Zenzile Makeba began her professional career in 1950, when she joined the Johannesburg group the Cuban Brothers. She came to national prominence during the …

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South Africa: Johnny Clegg

1 January 2001

“Censorship is based on fear. It is conservative and wants to preserve a particular set of values,” says Johnny Clegg who discusses censorship in a larger context: “Censorship is a brute blind reaction to a brute blind recognition that information is not neutral…” Johnny Clegg was interviewed in South Africa …

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South Africa: Hugh Masekela

1 January 2001

“If you can stay in the US and become a big name, you can do more for your country,” was the advice given by Harry Belafonte to Hugh Masekela in the mid 1960s. Masekela became world famous and one of the leading artists against apartheid. Here, Maekela amongst others tells …

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South Africa: Anton Goosen

1 January 2001

“They called me a White Kaffer and the secret police were tapping my phone,” tells Anton Goosen, the South African singer/composer who was considered a traitor amongst the white Afrikaaner community. Anton Goosen was Interviewed in South Africa in 1998 by Mr. Ole Reitov.   Listen to interview

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