Zimbabwe: Comrade Fatso

3 November 2011

Musician Comrade Fatso comments on music censorship in Zimbabwe.   This interview with Comrade Fatso was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27 October 2011. Comrade Fatso is one of the most explosive and controversial acts in Southern Africa today. His band is called Chabvondoka, and their music is called …

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Zimbabwe: Chiwoniso Maraire

18 March 2008

    Songwriter Chiwoniso Maraire speaks about her personal experiences of music censorship in Zimbabwe. She was interviewed together with poet Chirikure Chirikure, and Book Café’s creative director Paul Brickhill. They explain how music communicates hidden messages and why music is an ‘unstoppable force’ in Zimbabwe. Chiwoniso Maraire, Chirikure Chirikure …

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African artists join Music Freedom Day 2014

24 February 2014

Dina El Wedidi, one of Egypt’s leading new artists will be performing in Oslo, Norway. Moroccan fusion rocker Réda Zine leads his band Voodoo Sound Club in a concert in Bologna, Italy, while some of Zimbabwe’s most outspoken artists enter the stage in Harare, and exiled musicians from Sudan perform …

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Maxwell Sibanda: Music censorship in Zimbabwe

31 January 2007

Maxwell Sibanda is an arts journalist and a member of the executive committee of Freemuse. In this interview he speaks about music censorship in Zimbabwe – and about how the government has promoted itself through music while excluding musical voices of the opposition, and about the impact of radio blacklisting. …

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Zimbabwe: Festival Event for Music Freedom Day in Harare

28 February 2013

An event with leading Zimbabwean artists, poets and bands will start in the evening on 2 March 2013 and continue into the early hours of the morning on Music Freedom Day, 3 March. Magamba partnering with Pamberi Trust organises an event at Book Cafe in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare featuring a …

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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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