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Afghanistan: Bomb blast at Farhad Darya’s concert

30 September 2010

A bomb blast at a concert by Afghanistan’s top singer held in the Westerm city of Herat wounded at least 13 people on 14 September 2010, reported ABC News. Read the full story:     Afghanistan ABC News – 15 September 2010: ‘Bomb blast at Afghan concert injures 13 fans’ …

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China: Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance

24 September 2010

The film ‘Tibet in Song’ shows Chinese officials and troops persecuting anyone performing Tibetan folk music. It is directed by musicologist and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, and has been described as “a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience”. ‘Tibet in Song’ is a tale of cultural exploitation …

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China: Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance

24 September 2010

The film ‘Tibet in Song’ shows Chinese officials and troops persecuting anyone performing Tibetan folk music. It is directed by musicologist and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, and has been described as “a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience”. ‘Tibet in Song’ is a tale of cultural exploitation …

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Afghanistan: Music stores have become a new target

6 September 2010

A string of music stores have become a new target for militants suspected to be Taliban enforcers — even in once-stable havens such as Jalalabad, reported Hashim Shukoor, a special correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, along with The Guardian’s correspondent Jon Boone. In Jalalabad, roving enforcers have started targeting music stores …

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Pakistan: Fundamentalists attacked a music gathering

6 September 2010

Freemuse has received a report that in the evening on 5 September 2010 a group of religious fundamentalists attacked a music gathering in Nowshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The group took some singers hostage for few hours. The singers were there to perform and collect donations for the flood affectees. …

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Nepal: Song banned in television for religious defamation

6 September 2010

A promo of an upcoming album of Komal Oli was allegedly banned from Nepal Television because of it is against Hindu sentiments, reported a Nepali blogger. Singer Komal Oli’s promo was broadcasted in Nepali state television, NTV, for a couple of weeks, but then, in the end of August 2010, …

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Myanmar/Burma: Freemuse in joint campaign for imprisoned comedian

25 August 2010

The Free Zarganar Campaign, which advocates for the immediate release of Burmese comedian Zarganar, urges MEP’s to nominate Zarganar for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Price. The Free Zarganar Campaign, was launched by a coalition of human rights and freedom of expression organisations, including Freemuse, following his arrest in 2008. The goal is …

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China: Jeroen De Kloet traces the politics of rock in China

6 July 2010

Dutch researcher Jeroen De Kloet traces the politics of rock music in China, which he says is both rebellious and compliant. He explains about ‘Dakou’ which stands for far more than just CDs that infringe copyright legislation; it stands for a lifestyle very much in vogue among China’s urban youth. …

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Afghanistan: Protest singer forced into exile after receiving threats

17 June 2010

Afghan singer Shakib Mosadeq dared sing songs of political protest, and was subsequently forced to leave his country, reported Global Post on 16 May 2010 “Freedom of speech in Afghanistan is allowed only if the speech remains void of substantial political content,” wrote Nushin Arbabzadah in her article for Global …

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Austria: Museum of sound preserves banned music

2 June 2010

The Akustikon Museum of Sound in Linz, Austria, has opened a special section dedicated to preserving banned music, entitled ‘The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds’. The Polyphon (II) Forbidden Sounds holds music whose creators have been branded, driven away, oppressed, banned and persecuted in different times and places under ‘multifarious’ dictatorships …

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