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Press release: Roskilde Festival donates large sum to Freemuse

1 March 2010

Roskilde Festival Charity Society donates DKK 500,000 (approximately € 67,115) to Freemuse for its work for musicians’ rights and against music censorship. Freemuse is the only organisation in the world that works internationally with documentation and information about attacks on musicians and composers’ freedom and right to express themselves. “To …

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Belarus: German band declared ‘a public enemy’

25 February 2010

  A governmental Council for Morality in Belarus has declared the German hard rock band Rammstein a threat to the state. They questioned an upcoming concert in Minsk, saying letting it go on would be a ‘costly mistake’ for the country. Belarus’ Council for Morality stated that Rammstein’s music could …

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Turkey: Kurdish singer and musician Rojda arrested

24 February 2010

  Kurdish artist Rojda was arrested for ‘propaganda for an illegal organisation’ because of singing a Kurdish song entitled ‘Heval Kamuran’. Rojda was released within a couple of hours after her statement had been taken, reported Antenna.tr and Supportkurds.org According to Antenna.tr, Rojda was arrested at her home in the …

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Music Freedom Day in Gdansk, Poland on 2 March 2010

24 February 2010

Photos and story from the event On 2 March 2010 at 6 PM the debate ‘Music freedom and freedom in music’ will take place in the Cultural Centre in Gdańsk-Morena. Musicians Jacek Staniszewski and Grzegorz Welizarowicz will participate in the debate sharing their experience. Indeks 73 activists Lidia Makowska & Agnieszka …

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Turkey: Folk singer and poet on trial for “praising crime”

17 February 2010

  Tunceli Prosecution Office has filed a case against folk singer Pınar Sağ and poet Mehmet Özcan charging them with two years prison sentences for “praising crime”. Prosecutor Halil Gümüş’s indictment states that Pınar Sağ sang a song at an open air meeting on 29 March 2009 and addressed the …

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Poland: ‘Censorship was overwhelming’

5 February 2010

  Article about the radical rock counter-culture in communist Poland, written by Szymon Urbański, himself a punk-rocker of the 1980’s. “Censorship was overwhelming,” writes Szymon Urbański: “You simply could not hear those bands on the radio. Tapes recorded live at Jarocin and other festivals circulated in the underground. Some lucky …

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Cameroon / France: Free-for-download album in support of Lapiro de Mbanga

6 January 2010

Mondomix has launched a free-for-download album in support of the imprisoned cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga. “This album compilation is no ordinary compilation,” writes Mondomix, a French online resource for worldwide music and culture. The album was produced by artists who want to inform about what is happening to Lapiro …

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UK/Chile: Concert to commemorate singer Victor Jara

11 November 2009

To commemorate the Chilean singer-songwriter Victor Jara who was killed on 16 September 1973, a concert entitled ‘Last Words of Victor Jara’ is performed by pianist Steve Tromans and his band in Birmingham on 11 November 2009. The concert consists of a series of interlinked compositions dedicated to the message …

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Western Sahara: Aziza Brahim shortlisted for Freedom to Create Prize

11 November 2009

Western Saharan singer and musician Aziza Brahim, who recently performed at WOMEX in Copenhagen and this year’s Lovebox Weekender in United Kingdom, is shortlisted for the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize, in the Main Prize category. Aziza Brahim will perform at the awards ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum …

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