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Malaysia: Muslims barred from hip-hop concert

7 September 2009

The American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas is scheduled to perform at a theme park near Kuala Lumpur on 25 September 2009, but because the concert is spnsored by a brewery, the Irish beermaker Guinness, “the party is only open to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above,” states the website …

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Malaysia: Two singers deemed “unacceptable to Islam”

17 June 2008

”The youth wing of Malaysia’s opposition Islamic party will stage a peaceful protest if the two singers Mas Idayu and Ella are not banned from a 6 July concert, reported The Associated Press on 17 June 2008. Rock singer Norzila Aminuddin, better known as Ella – Malaysia’s ‘Queen of Rock’ …

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Malaysia: Singer banned for showing bare chest

29 January 2008

Singer Faizal Tahir is banned by Malaysian authorities from appearing in any entertainment programmes on tv for three months. Reason: he took off his shirt during a live concert on tv On 13 January 2008, pop singer Faizal Tahir courted controversy by removing his shirts to his bare chest and …

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Malaysia: Student faces imprisonment for “seditious” rap

13 August 2007

Malaysian authorities to act against student over socalled ‘seditious’ national anthem rap on YouTube By Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Bangkok (SEAPA/IFEX) – Malaysian authorities are looking to come down hard on a student in Taiwan who has allegedly insulted nationalistic and Islamic sensibilities in a music video uploaded on …

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Malaysia: Blacklisted Heavy Metal band launches debut album

5 July 2006

After more than 20 years of performing, the Malaysian Heavy Metal band Blackfire has finally released it’s debut album, entitled ‘Lahir Dari Api’ (“Born of Fire”) on 6 June 2006 By FreemuseThe album was printed in 1,000 copies and released by a close friend of the band who runs an …

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Malaysia: American music performance banned from tv

13 February 2006

Officials in Malaysia apparently found the dance and costume of American superstar Madonna so provocative that they banned it from been shown on Malaysian television   Wearing a lilac leotard and bustier with matching high heels, the 47-year-old pop icon gyrated around a pole during a much-hyped performance with the virtual band Gorillaz …

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Malaysia: Norwegian rock band banned from performing

3 February 2006

The Norwegian black metal band Mayhem was scheduled to give a performance in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on 4 February 2006, as part of their international concert tour through Asia, but following objections from members of Dewen Rakyat, the country’s parliament, the concert has been banned. Officials viewed their slogan …

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Malaysia: Islamic authority bans black metal

25 January 2006

On January 23, 2006, the highest Islamic authority in Malaysia placed a ban on black metal – a rock music variant dominated by distorted guitars and occult imagery“Followers of black metal could be prosecuted under Islamic law,” spokesman of the National Fatwa Council’s panel on Islamic affairs, professor Datuk Shukor …

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Malaysia: Black metal music under attack

28 October 2005

By Meredith Holmgren Malaysian authorities are once again targeting black metal as a source of satanic cult rituals. On 5 October 2005, Malaysian officials announced an investigation of “heavy metal cult” members, who they believe “practice animal sacrifices and destroy religious texts including the Koran” (AP, 6 October 2005). Many …

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Malaysia: Malay songs with English lyrics banned

20 April 2004

The government of Malaysia has banned songs that contain English lyrics from state-controlled radio and television stations On April 18th, 2004, a ban on Malay songs containing English lyrics went into effect for state-controlled broadcasters throughout Malaysia. The ban resulted from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP, the Language and Literature …

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