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Pre-election tension in Zimbabwe

14 February 2002

Artists and cultural workers in Zimbabwe fear that they may find themselves in trouble if their performance or artwork suggests criticism of the government. Speaking to BBC World Service’s Arts In Action programme, journalist Thomas Deve spoke of the role the country’s music is playing in the weeks leading up …

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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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Press release: Freemuse report on Zimbabwe

25 October 2001

Playing With Fire: Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music by Banning Eyre A MAJOR NEW REPORT PUBLISHED BY FREEMUSE   While censorship laws and the mechanisms to enforce them have always existed in Zimbabwe, official censorship of music occurs rarely, if ever. Such direct measures are simply not needed. A …

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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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Zimbabwe: Bekithemba Khumalo plays with fire

31 August 2001

Zimbabwe: Bekithemba Khumalo plays with fire Khumalo is having trouble marketing his latest song, which is provocatively titled ‘The President is a Thief’. Bekithemba Khumalo says he was not referring to President Robert Mugabe personally, but to his government. In the current climate of political violence, most music producers initially …

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Mugabe songs falls flat

2 January 2001

Mugabe songs falls flat A lighting engineer has been charged with inciting hostility against Robert Mugabe after shining a spotlight on portraits of the Zimbabwean president during a live performance of a popular song about old age, state media reported on Tuesday. Phillip Schadendor was charged with violating Zimbabwe’s Law …

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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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Zimbabwe: Andy Brown

1 January 2001

“I went on radio and after five minutes there was a phone call and I was pulled out of the studio”, tells Andy Brown about censorship in Zimbabwe. “How can I carry on making music if I have to starve?” he asks. Andy Brown was interviewed by Ole Reitov/Freemuse at …

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Non-artists on censorship

1 January 2000

NON-ARTISTS ON MUSIC CENSORSHIP Audio and video interviews on freemuse.org with researchers, experts, scholars and others Most recent Jeroen de Kloet – Dutch researcher, about China Mario Masvidal – professor from Cuba Maxwell Sibanda – journalist from Zimbabwe Maya Medich & Lemez Lovas – UK researchers, about Belarus Mirwaiss Sidiqi – director, about Afghanistan Introduction video – about Freemuse’s …

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