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Myanmar/Burma: Music a vehicle for significant dissent

26 April 2010

Nine out of 12 songs on Thxa Soe’s most recent album were banned by Burma’s censorship board. How 29-year-old Thxa Soe — one of Burma’s leading hip-hop stars — and the underground group Generation Wave challenge the restrictions of the ruling military junta is described by journalist Jack Davies in …

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Myanmar/Burma: Exiled musicians publish album of protest songs

19 April 2010

A new album of satire, poetry and music produced by Burmese activists living in exile in India is aired around the world, smuggled into Burma and can even be heard secretly on radios there. In songs and verse, singers and poets attack mismanagement of the country’seconomy, human rights abuses and …

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Myanmar/Burma: Hip hop musician’s third year in prison

7 April 2010

The magazine The Irrawaddy reminds us about an imprisoned musician, Burma’s popular hip hop artist Zayar Thaw, who is serving his third year under detention in a prison at Kawthaung. As well as being a musician, Zayar Thaw is also a social activist who has used his music to raise …

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China: Uncertainty over ban of concerts with American folk singer Bob Dylan

7 April 2010

The Chinese government allegedly refused to allow the 68-year-old American folk singer Bob Dylan to perform in Beijing and Shanghai because of his reputation as a protestsinger. We write ‘allegedly’, because other sources refute the reports that Dylan was refused. Jeffrey Wu, operations manager of Bob Dylan’s tour promoter in …

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Myanmar/Burma: Ban on Western musical instruments

6 January 2010

  Burma’s Ministry of Culture has ordered the country’s traditional Saing orchestras not to use Western musical instruments — a move likely to reduce the popularity of many of the groups. The new regulations were reported by the Rangoon journal The Voice, which said they had been issued to the …

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Myanmar/Burma: Two musicians arrested, another released after torture

16 November 2009

Singer Nyi Paing and songwriter Min Satta have reportedly been arrested by Burmese authorities’ Special Branch. Another report says the singer Htoo Htoo Chay who was arrested in September has been released from prison after being tortured. “We got confirmation that 41 people were arrested in October, but we don’t …

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China: Ministry makes new push to control online music

5 October 2009

The Chinese ministry of culture implements new censorship rules for the country’s online music providers by 1 January 2010. This is necessary to ensure that lyrics are “acceptable” and to protect “intellectual property rights”, stated the ministry It was announced on the website of the ministry of culture on 3 …

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India: Political party promises to ban Western music

5 October 2009

The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the Indian state Haryana has promised the voters that if they were to replace the congress government, the party would ban Western music. “Western music and vulgarity in the name of culture will be banned,” declared a party leader at a press conference …

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Malaysia: In League With Satan? – The Malaysian Black Metal Ban

23 September 2009

A personal account by the editor of The Devil On 45 Zine Author: ‘Ed On 45’ First published: 10 July 2009 What do you think of first when you hear the term ‘black metal’? Probably something along the lines of; high pitched vocals, blast beats, Scandinavia, forests, heavily distorted guitars, …

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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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