Sweden: Explicit lyrics cause heated debate about women’s sexuality

11 July 2007

In Sweden a song by Frida Muranius has caused furore. After being banned on two regional public service radio stations, the song lyrics are debated in newspapers, radio, web forums and court yards in the country. Almost everyone has an opinion about Muranius’ sexually explicit lyrics – journalists and academic …

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Sweden: rap band taken to court for ‘hate speech’

25 January 2007

Whether calling the police ‘pigs’ and encouraging to start a “war” against them goes beyond the limits of the rights to freedom of expression in rap music is to be tried in a Swedish court Two members of a rap band from the south of Sweden, Skåne, are taken to …

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Three films about music and Islam hit Scandinavia

24 January 2007

Sweden and Denmark: Three films about music and Islam hit ScandinaviaPakistani rock star and filmmaker Salman Ahmad, and editor of the UK world music magazine Songlines Simon Broughton will make a quick visit to Denmark and Sweden in February to show three documentari films highlighting essential discussions concerning music and Islam. …

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East Turkistan: Uyghur composer died in exile

6 November 2006

From his exile in Sweden the Uyghur composer, musician and poet Kurash Sultan was like an ambassador to the Uyghurs – the indigenous people in East Turkistan in north-western China. He died 47 years old from a heart stroke on 29 October 2006By Freemuse Kurash Sultan was invited to speak …

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Sweden: Religious group attempts to silence music

28 April 2006

On 25 April 2006, a documentary programme on SVT, the National Swedish TV, showed how a group of young, religious men in Sweden act as if they were an Islamic police force and try to prevent Swedish Muslims – basically of Somali origin – from listening to musicBy Freemuse “Music …

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Ethiopia/Sweden: concert cancelled due to death threat

5 December 2005

Death threats against the Ethiopian pop star and reggae artist Tewodros Kassahun, also known as “Teddy Afro”, caused the Swedish festival Selam to cancel his concert in Stockholm, reports the Swedish music magazine Lira. On the internet, however, another version of this news story was published. According to, Teddy …

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China/Sweden: Kurash Sultan

19 October 2004

  21 July 1959 – 29 October 2006)   The Uighurs, an indigenous people in East Turkestan in north-western China, are struggling to keep their language and their culture. The Uighur composer, musician and poet Kurash Sultan, was imprisoned and tortured by the authorities in East Turkestand, and many of …

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Sweden: Dennis Lyxzen / TINC

11 July 2002

Video interview Dennis Lyxz Part I Dennis Lyxz Part II Is free speech taken for granted?     Part III Can music still be political?     “The (international) Noise Conspiracy is a political rock band, with no ambition to be politically correct or keeping their ideas underground. A band …

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