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Pakistan: Music school closed after threats from extremists

25 October 2010

A group of religious extremists threatened Asad Qazilbash, a renowned sarood player in Islamabad, to stop giving lessons and remove the signboard for his music school. Asad Qazilbash was shell-shocked when he learned that his 12-year-old son, while playing in the street with his friends, had been approached by a …

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Israel: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voices heard

22 October 2010

Sponsors, studio owners and party organisers shun Mothafar Assar’s Street Band Rappers due to Hamas disapproval, reported the British newspaper The Guardian. Read the full story here:     The Guardian – 20 October 2010: ‘Last rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard’    

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Iran: Petition in support of 26 year-old Iranian musician

13 October 2010

On 1 October 2010, an online petition in support of Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad was started. After the first two weeks, over 800 people had signed the petition. The 26 year-old musician was imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for singing his famous song ‘Ali Barkhir’ (‘O Ali raise up’) …

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Afghanistan: Bomb blast at Farhad Darya’s concert

30 September 2010

A bomb blast at a concert by Afghanistan’s top singer held in the Westerm city of Herat wounded at least 13 people on 14 September 2010, reported ABC News. Read the full story:     Afghanistan ABC News – 15 September 2010: ‘Bomb blast at Afghan concert injures 13 fans’ …

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Turkey: Musician faces four years imprisonment

20 September 2010

The Turkish folk music artist Pınar Sağ faces imprisonment of a total of four years for allegedly praising leftist revolutionary İbrahim Kaypakkaya and for criticizing the killing of 17 people by security forces. Pinar Sağ said in her defence: “I advocated for peace”. This was reported in an article by …

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Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis

8 September 2010

“Artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come,” says the Israeli rabbi Ben Zion Mutsafi. Because of a performance in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women, the singer Erez Yechiel was lashed 39 times by rabbis …

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Afghanistan: Music stores have become a new target

6 September 2010

A string of music stores have become a new target for militants suspected to be Taliban enforcers — even in once-stable havens such as Jalalabad, reported Hashim Shukoor, a special correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, along with The Guardian’s correspondent Jon Boone. In Jalalabad, roving enforcers have started targeting music stores …

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Pakistan: Fundamentalists attacked a music gathering

6 September 2010

Freemuse has received a report that in the evening on 5 September 2010 a group of religious fundamentalists attacked a music gathering in Nowshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The group took some singers hostage for few hours. The singers were there to perform and collect donations for the flood affectees. …

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Turkey: Court case against two teenagers for singing Kurdish song

6 September 2010

Malazgirt Criminal Court have opened a court case against 18-year-old Özgür Başak and 17-year-old R.D. who are charged for singing along the Kurdish song ‘Oremar’ at the International Women’s Day event on 8 March 2009. The event was organised by BDP Malazgirt County organisation, reported the Turkish organisation Antenna. The …

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Mahsa Vahdat

2 September 2010

Singer Mahsa Vahdat from Iran talks about the religious ban on women singing in her country.   Mahsa Vahdat, born in Tehran in 1973, was awarded with the 2010 Freemuse Award at a ceremony in London on 25 March 2010. She is strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and …

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