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Afghanistan: The talibans have banned all music

1 January 2001

Speech by Mr. Naim Majrouh, at the 1st Freemuse World conference in 1998  Ladies and Gentlemen! In the last 20 years due to war, political and social instability, disorder and lawlessness many aspects of our culture have been devastated. Museums have been looted, libraries have been burned, important and valuable …

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1950-1979 Asia

1 January 2001

1966-1976. China In 1966, Mao became troubled by the pervasive influence of Western music. He abruptly resolved the issue by banning Westernization altogether during the violent and disruptive purges conducted throughout his Cultural Revolution. Overnight, all things Western were banned, including Western-oriented classical music. Beethoven and Brahms were out, and …

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Myanmar (former Burma)

2 January 2000

Myanmar/Burma: ‘Will censorship of music end?’ asks BBC reporter in Rangoon BBC News’ Jonah Fisher has interviewed Ye Ngwe Soe, lead-singer of the punk band No U Turn, one of the best-known acts on the Rangoon punk scene. 13 April 2012   Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw released Win Maw, one …

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