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Zimbabwe: Music Freedom Day rocked the crowd

18 March 2011

      Music Freedom Day was celebrated in a carnival mood in Harare on 3 March 2011 at the Book Café. Over a hundred music hungry punters attended the event organised by leading arts organisations Magamba the Cultural Activist Network and Pamberi Trust. It kicked off with a powerful …

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Zimbabwe: 2,000 musicians unite in protest on Music Freedom Day

3 March 2011

Close to 2,000 music composers in Zimbabwe have resolved to protest non-payment of royalties by ordering the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, ZBC, to stop playing music for six hours on this year’s Music Freedom Day By Maxwell Sibanda – reporting for Freemuse from Harare in Zimbabwe ZBC has since 2009 been …

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Zimbabwe: Three singers imprisoned

16 February 2011

Three residents from Penhalonga, which is situated about 300 kilometres east of the capital Harare, have been languishing in prison for over a week for allegedly singing a modified version of Mbare Chimurenga Choir’s ‘Nyatsoteerera’ song, reported Freemuse’s stringer in Zimbabwe By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare The …

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Zimbabwe: South African group banned because of music video

1 November 2010

The South African band Freshlyground has been banned from performing in Zimbabwe after releasing the music video ‘Chicken to Change’ which mocks the country’s President Robert Mugabe. The group was scheduled for a concert in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, but the immigration authorities revoked their working visas. The song is …

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Zimbabwe: Opposition music denied airtime

18 August 2010

As Zimbabweans brace for a possible election next year, contesting political parties have turned to music for their campaigns. By Maxwell Sibanda reporting for Freemuse from Harare, Zimbabwe The Zanu (PF) party led by President Robert Mugabe has already started playing its political songs on the national broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting …

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Zimbabwe: No end to music censorship in Zimbabwe

7 September 2009

Musicians Hosiah Chipanga and Raymond Majongwe, and their lawyers, speak about their recent experiences with music censorship in the “new” Zimbabwe under a coalition government. INTERVIEWS – by Sebastian Nyamhangambiri reporting for Freemuse from Harare            Album: pulled off air In Zimbabwe, it might be seven months after the formation …

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Protest petition: African artist’s tour cancelled due to blocked visas

17 June 2009

    Zimbabwe / EU: Petition against ‘visa discrimination’ after Zimbabwean group was forced to cancel their tour   A petition was started ‘against EU visa discrimination of musicians’ after a forced cancellation of the European tour of young Zimbabwean artists Mokoomba due to blocked visas.   On 8 June …

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Zimbabwe: Radio ban on singer for attacking government officials

10 June 2009

The music of 56-year-old Sungura musician Hosiah Chipanga has been banned on national radio, Radio Zimbabwe (formerly Radio 2), wrote the newspaper ZimDaily on 7 June 2009.   When Hosiah Chipanga released the controversial album ‘Hero Shoko’, his songs quickly hit the airwaves. But after a little while, and after …

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Zimbabwe: Duo charged of insulting the president: one year in hiding

10 June 2009

Two Zimbabwean musicians face charges of singing songs that are ‘sensitive and insulting’. Their lawyers and producers say the country is not yet safe for the duo to return to enter a fair trial. By Sebastian Nyamhangambiri — reporting for Freemuse from Harare Happison Mabika, 33, and Patience Takaona, 29, …

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