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China/Cote d’Ivoire/Myanmar/Burma: ‘An Independent Mind’

22 September 2008

Film with Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, who received the Freemuse Award 2008, is one of the main characters in a new documentary film, ‘An Independent Mind’ — about freedom of speech and how far individuals in different countries will go in order to preserve it. The 90-minutes film …

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Afghanistan: Nairez

25 February 2008

  Fazl-u-Rahman Nairez is a famous singer in Afghanistan, mostly known from national tv performances. Nairez was one of the singers who were forced to sing praisal songs for the Taliban regime in 1996-2001. Click on the photo two times to start the video.     Wimpy Wasp Player   …

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Afghanistan: Ghazal Ahmadi

25 February 2008

  Ghazal Ahmadi is a film actress in Afghanistan, and is also known for performing in music videos. Click on the photo two times to start the video.   In this interview Ghazal Ahmadi speaks about her experience as a music student who stopped learning how to play the guitar …

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Afghanistan: Safdar Tawakoli

25 February 2008

  Safdar Tawakoli is a leading Hazara folk singer and dambura player in Afghanistan. Since the 1950’s Tawakoli’s song ‘We are all brothers’ has been famous as a national unity song. It was re-recorded by the singer Farhad Darya in 2002.   Click on the photo two times to start the …

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Afghanistan: Sahar Afarin

25 February 2008

  Sahar Afarin is an up-and-coming star. She had her national break-through in 2006 when she recieved the honourary titles ‘Artist of Radio Television Afghanistan’ and ‘Golden Star of National TV’. Click on the photo two times to start the video. In this interview the 21-year-old singer explains how she …

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Afghanistan: Farhad Darya

25 February 2008

  Farhad Darya is the most famous and best-selling pop singer, music director and composer in Afghanistan. He is known as ‘Voice of Afghan People’ as well as ‘International Voice of Afghanistan’. Regarding the history of music censorship in the country, Farhad Darya’s case is one of the most significant. …

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Afghanistan: Zhakfar Hussaini

25 February 2008

  Zhakfar Hussaini was censor in Afghanistan Writers Association in Balkh in 1986-1992. Today he is a poet and a graphic designer. He is also head of Afghanistani PEN’s publication section. Click on the photo two times to start the video.   In this interview Zhakfar Hussaini explains the way …

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