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Pakistan: Call for music centres to be closed

26 September 2006

MMA’s member of North-West Frontier Province Assembly Zakir Shah has called for a complete closure of music centres, cinemas and cable services and ban on video games and obscenity-oriented activities during the holy month of Ramzan While addressing a press conference on 21 September 2006 at the Peshawar Press Club …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc’s case sent to higher court

17 September 2006

At a criminal court hearing on 15 September 2006, musician Ferhat Tunç and a group of human right activists and reporters who might face up to three years in prison, had their case sent to a higher courtBy N. Galen Musician Ferhat Tunç and a group of human right activists …

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Pakistan: Students protest against music classes

13 September 2006

In Lahore, the student wing of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) has intensified its protest campaign against the start of music classes in Punjab University, writes Gulfnews.com   IJT activists have been staging protests inside the university premises on a daily basis against the decision to start a master’s level programme, …

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Pakistan: Two more music shops bombed

13 September 2006

Bombs damaged two music shops in a bazaar in Bannu in north-western Pakistan on 11 September 2006. Explosions damaging music shops are increasingly shaking up the area. For almost five years, Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces have battled local tribesmen, many believed allied to the Taliban from Afghanistan and Osama …

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Israel: Police confiscates CDs with “inflammatory song”

5 September 2006

The song ‘Hawk of Lebanon’ by the Palestinian “wedding circuit” boy band Northern Band has been banned by Israeli authorities. Tapes and CDs containing the song are being confiscated at the borders and in music shops At the height of the Israel-Hezbollah war, the five singers of Northern Band made …

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Lebanon/France: Clotaire K

31 August 2006

Clotaire K was born in France by a Lebanese mother and an Egyptian father. He writes, arranges and records music, and in this interview, recorded while he visited Denmark to perform during the Images of the Middle East festival in 2006, he speaks about how he perceives music as a …

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United Arab Emirates: Popular music website blocked

17 August 2006

MySpace.com – rated as the third most popular website in the world – has been blocked in the United Arab Emirates, causing many grievances amongst Dubai’s internet savvy, reports the Dubai newspaper 7 Days MySpace.com is an interactive website which offers a user-submitted network of band and artist profiles, including …

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Lebanon: Oath to Vanquish

8 July 2006

The Lebanese Death Metal trio Oath to Vanquish published their debut album on 25 July 2006 in Europe and USA, but not in their home country, Lebanon. In this video interview, recorded in Beirut on 8 July 2006, the two brothers Elias and Carlos, along with third member of the band, Cyril, explain …

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Lebanon: Xardas

8 July 2006

Xardas is a 24-year-old Lebanese composer of Dark Ambient music, based in Tripoli. In June 2006, 150 copies of his albums were confiscated, and he was warned by General Security that if they caught him with this type of music again, he would be imprisoned without trial. The interview was …

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Pakistan: Renewed ban on audio cassettes

15 June 2006

Local Taliban and religious leaders in North Waziristan on 11 June 2006 issued public notices that they will punish people listening to “un-Islamic” music, a Daily Times’ staff member reports from Miranshah According to the Daily Times, the religious leaders warned people of “serious repercussions” if they do not shun …

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