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Afghanistan: music tv presenter receives asylum in Sweden

12 September 2005

On September 5, 2005, a refugee nightmare for the Afghan TV music show presenter Shakeb Isaar came to an end when he received the news that the Swedish authorities has accepted his application for asylum, giving him the rights to live and work in Sweden. “The paper from Freemuse and also from RSF helped, and I …

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Iran: Ministry rejects instrumental CD

29 August 2005

The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has rejected a 10-track instrumental album carrying the English title ‘Trails of the soul’ – with the reasoning that “Western rock is the product of drug addicts”. Robert Tait of the Guardian reports that, despite restrictions, rock bands in Iran still try to get …

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Iran: Rock artists struggle to breach cultural and bureaucratic barriers

29 August 2005

The Iranian culture ministry does not recognise rock music in its permitted music categories, and frequently rejects such work as culturally inappropriate, reported The Guardian’s Robert Tait from Teheran. But despite restrictions, rock bands in Iran still try to get a hearing.     Around 70 percent of Iran’s population …

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Israel/Palestine: Taliban-like attempts to censor music in West Bank

17 August 2005

As a Hamas-led town council in the West Bank bans outdoor music and dance performances in order to prevent “the mingling of the sexes”, musicians fear that Palestine is liable to be turned into an Islamic-law state.   Music causes controversies all over the muslim world where religious radicals wishes …

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Pakistan: Pro-Taliban strikes against music shops

8 August 2005

Music shops ordered to close down and are attacked with bombs and violence if they don’t, writes ADN Kronos International’s Syed Saleem Shahzad from Karachi The pro-Taliban warlord Abdullah Mehsud, 29, who operates in the Waziristan province of Pakistan, has recently announced the implementation of strict Islamic laws in North and South Waziristan and urged …

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Pakistan: Faiz Ali Faiz

1 August 2005

The Pakistani singer Faiz Ali Faiz sings qawwali, the local form of Sufi praise song, with a voice which might remind you of the great master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. According to the tradition, Qawwali music speaks of love, not of politics, and Faiz Ali Faiz has never personally encountered music …

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Iran: Reviewer of music book sentenced to jail

3 June 2005

Banafsheh Samgis, a cultural critic at the newspaper Iran, has been sentenced to jail for writing that the prophet Muhammed liked music played by women Banafsheh Samgis has been accused of “insulting and undermining the holy tenets of islam” and “distorting Islamic history” in a favorable review she wrote on the …

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Afghanistan: Wajiha Rastagar

30 May 2005

The two wings against music censorship Wajiha Rastagar is one of the most famous Afghan female singers. Dr Samay Hamed talks with Wajiha Rastagar about her first steps towards music, how she became a singer, and how she sees the present situation in Afghanistan today   An obvious symbol of …

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Afghanistan: Musicians unite against censorship

25 May 2005

130 Afghans have established a new musician’s organisation, the Afghanistan Music Foundation, with the objective of creating unification among musicians in the country – and to fight against music censorship and oppression of musicians   Text and video by Mik Aidt, journalist & Freemuse’s web editor Photos by Hafizullah Haidar, CSHRN …

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