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Grenada: Government rejects popular Jamaican artist

28 April 2009

The Government of Grenada has denied performance work permits to popular Jamaican Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel and his band. The “red-hot” entertainer Vybz Kartel (real name: Adija Palmer), whose controversial lyrics have brought him lots of media attention both in and out of Jamaica, was scheduled to perform a “rap-it-up” …

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USA: American pop singer pressured to rerecord song

15 April 2009

When American pop singer Britney Spears’ hit song ‘If U Seek Amy’ risked censorship on radio stations because of a controversy over its use of a ‘sexually offensive’ double entendre in the chorus, she decided to rerecord the song and publish a less offensive version. Say it quickly: ‘If U …

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USA: Censored musicians spoke at Duke University

25 March 2009

In its human rights series, Duke University in North Carolina, USA, presented two censored musicians, Ferhat Tunç from Turkey and Roger Lucey from South Africa, and highlighted freedom of musical expression.          Roger Lucey Music censorship and music activism was in focus at Duke University in USA during March 2009. …

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Pakistan/USA: Salman Ahmad: Obama should listen to Pakistani artists

13 March 2009

As the Taliban silence music in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, Freemuse ambassador and singer Salman Ahmad denounces the Pakistani peace accord with the Taliban.   American president Barack Obama has promised to listen to the Muslim world. He can start by listening to Pakistani artists who embody peace, …

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Freemuse Award 2009: video report and interview from Stockholm

7 March 2009

Sweden / USA: Freemuse Award to American singer Pete SeegerVideo report from the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 March 2009, where Pete Seeger’s grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, received the award on his behalfBy Mik Aidt     Wimpy Wasp Player   Flash Player upgrade required   Read about Pete …

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USA: Tao Rodriquez-Seeger

7 March 2009

Singer and musician Tao Rodríguez-Seeger from USA speaks about his personal experiences with and opinion about music censorship Tao Rodríguez-Seeger was born in New York, USA, in 1972. He is a contemporary folk musician who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, and sings in Spanish and in English. When he was 16 years old, in …

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Freemuse Award 2009: video report and interview from Stockholm

7 March 2009

  Sweden / USA: Freemuse Award to American singer Pete SeegerVideo report from the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on 3 March 2009, where Pete Seeger’s grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, received the award on his behalf By Mik Aidt     Wimpy Wasp Player   Flash Player upgrade required   Read …

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Freemuse Award 2009

26 February 2009

The American singer, songwriter, activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate Pete Seeger is The Freemuse Award Winner 2009. He is awarded on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2009, for his commitment to musicians’ freedom of expression in an illustrious career which spans over sixty years. “Pete Seeger’s voice has been one which …

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