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Kurds struggle to find voice in Turkey

28 December 2003

In December 2003, one of Turkey’s best-known singers and film stars, Ibrahim Tatlises, sang a song in Kurdish, his native language, live on television. Then, a few days after his performance, members of Turkey’s rightist Ulkucu movement, the youth wing of former government partner the National Action Party, staged a …

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Pakistan: The censored meet the censor

18 December 2003

Where in Islam does it say that music is forbidden?” In the BBC4 programme “The Rock Star and the Mullah”, Salman Ahmad, guitarist with Pakistani rock group Junoon, meet the men who banned music. From BBC; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3322539.stm  

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Music provoke islamists on Pakistan campuses

27 November 2003

A film student at Pakistan’s biggest university in Karachi, produced a music video for his final-year project. But right-wing Islamic students opposed to holding art shows on campus attacked the student’s exhibition and smashed the computer he had planned to use to screen it.   Full story at Yahoo News …

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Moroccan musicians and fans free

8 April 2003

On 4. April a court in Rabat dismissed the charges against eleven (who had been earlier released on bail) and reduced the sentences on the other three to 45 days. The fourteen heavy metal musicians and fans were arrested in February in Casablanca and sentenced to jail from 2 months …

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Iraq’s artists strive for freedom

25 March 2003

  Saddam Hussein manipulated artistic expression so completely that many musicians, writers and artists now wonder if they can ever again find their own voices. Story from New York Times  

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Moroccan heavy fans jailed

7 March 2003

Fans have been jailed in Casablanca for moral and religious crimes. According to the judge, “normal people go to concerts in a suit and tie” From BBC News    

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Singing Kharabat’s praises

24 January 2003

Kabul’s musicians defy violent and abusive conservatives Despite harrasment and killings, the sound of music can be heard once again coming from the ruins of Kabul’s Kharabat Street, the cradle of traditional Afghan songs for centuries. Article from The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR)  

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France/Algeria: Mehdi Haddab

25 November 2002

Mehdi Haddab, musician (France/Algeria). Interviewed at WOMEX 2002, October ’02 by Jim Q. Holm (Freemuse)   Mehdi Haddab, what can you tell us about music censorship? Watch interview      

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Palestine/Israel: Amal Murkus

9 October 2002

Amal – Palestinian singer born and living in Israel – and rejected by every major Israeli record company, has set new standards in expressions based on cross Mediterranean influences. Amal, singing in Arabic of suffering, sadness and hope, is constantly on the forefront in the fight against the exclusion and …

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Israel: Chava Alberstein banned

2 July 2002

Singer boycotted for critizing the Israeli government Filled with sly humor or sharp criticism of the country’s policies, Alberstein has taken a stand, criticizing Israel’s handling of the Palestinean uprisings. As a result, her music has been banned in the Israeli radio Singer Chava Alberstein is among the most popular – …

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