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China: Tibetan singer imprisoned for publishing ‘subversive songs’

26 April 2010

A Chinese court has sentenced the Tibetan singer Tashi Dhondup (also sometimes spelled Tashi Dondrup) to one year and seven months’ imprisonment for producing a music album with “subversive songs”. CD-cover of ‘Torture without Trace’ The album titled ‘Torture Without Trace’ contains 13 songs expressing nostalgia for the exiled Tibetan …

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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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Australia: Controversy over race-hate music festival

20 April 2010

On 17 April 2010 a white supremacy group in Queensland organised a race-hate music festival on the Gold Coast. The city’s mayor, Ron Clarke, as well as multicultural community groups said that the best defence to such marginal, fanatical groups would be a deaf ear. When flyers for a white pride music …

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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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Afghanistan: Ban on women singers debated in Herat

15 March 2010

A Morality and Knowledge Association recently established in Herat wants to ban women’s voices from the airwaves, reported Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda from Herat The privately owned association has about 60 staffers, says its director, Aminullah Mohtasem, all of whom work voluntarily. Jean MacKenzie and Rateb Muzhda wrote in …

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Book by Salman Ahmad: ‘Rock & Roll Jihad’

10 February 2010

Pakistan / USA:Salman Ahmad: ‘Rock & Roll Jihad – A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution’   Salman Ahmad was lead singer and guitarist in the Pakistani rock band Junoon, one of the most popular rock groups in South Asia with 30 million record sales. In his book ‘Rock & Roll Jihad’ he …

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Pakistan: Five injured and 10 music shops damaged by bomb blast

10 February 2010

  Five people were injured and 10 shops damaged in a bomb blast on 28 January 2010 in a music and video market in the small town of Jand in Attock District of Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to press reports, some construction workers spotted a suspicious box in the CD …

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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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