Musicians on censorship

Musicians on censorship

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About music censorship – three-minute video with short interview excerpts and music clips
26 January 2015.» Read more

Didier Awadi – musician from Senegal
1 October 2013.» Read article

Khaled Harara – musician from Palestine
16 September 2013.» Read article

Manu Chao
Manu Chao – singer from France / Spain
Lacon Volski
Lavon Volski – singer from Belarus
Azer Cirttan
Azer Cirttan – exiled singer-songwriter from Azerbaijan
Ramy Essam
Ramy Essam – singer from Egypt



Abazar Hamid from Sudan
Abazar Hamid – singer from Sudan
Azagaia from Mozambique
Azagaia – rapper from Mozambique
Aziza Brahim from Western Sahara
Aziza Brahim – singer from Western Sahara
Chiwoniso Maraire, Chikure Chikure and Paul Brickhill from Zimbabwe
Comrade Fatso from Zimbabwe
Comrade Fatso – singer from Zimbabwe
Didier Awadi from Senegal
Didier Awadi – musician from Senegal
Fadal Dey from Cote d'Ivoire
Fadal Dey – singer from Côte d’Ivoire
Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon
Lapiro de Mbanga – 2011 – singer from Cameroon
Lapiro de Mbanga - in prison in November 2009
Lapiro de Mbanga – 2009 – when in prison
Maryam Mursal from Somalia
Maryam Mursal – Somali singer about music prohibition in Islam
Nakaaya Sumari from Tanzania
Nakaaya Sumari – singer from Tanzania
Roger Lucey from South Africa
Roger Lucey – musician and journalist from South Africa
Tiken Jah Fakoly from Cote d'Ivoire
Tiken Jah Fakoly – exiled singer from Côte d’Ivoire



Bashar Shammout from Palestine
Bashar Shammout – about the main issues in the region
Clotaire K from Lebanon / France
Clotaire K – Lebanese-French rapper and composer
Darg Team from Palestine
Darg Team – hip-hop group from Palestine
Jason Carter from United Kingdom
Jason Carter – UK guitarist about his experiences in the Middle East
Kamilya Jubran from Palestine / Israel
Kamilya Jubran – Palestinian-Israeli singer
Khaled Harara from Palestine
Khaled Harara – rapper from Palestine
Marcel Khalife from Lebanon
Marcel Khalife – Lebanese singer and composer
Mark LeVine from USA - about globalisation in the Middle East
Mark LeVine [I] – American author and historian about Heavy Metal
Mark LeVine from USA - about globalisation in the Middle East
Mark LeVine [II] – about globalisation in the Middle East
Oath to Vanquish from Lebanon
Oath to Vanquish – Lebanese Death Metal band
Rabah Donquishoot from Algeria
Rabah Donquishoot – rapper from Algeria
Ramy Essam from Egypt
Ramy Essam – singer from Egypt
Ruba Saqr from Jordan - about the impact of self-censorship
Ruba Saqr – singer from Jordan
Sivan Perwer from Turkey
Sivan Perwer – banned Kurdish singer
Xardas from Lebanon
Xardas – banned Lebanese producer of Dark Ambient



Azer Cirttan – exiled musician from Azerbaijan
Pervaiz Akhtar from Pakistan
Pervaiz Akhtar – exiled musician from Pakistan
Salman Ahmad from Pakistan
Salman Ahmad – exiled musician from Pakistan. Discussed the question of music prohibition in Islam with clerics in Pakistan in 2004



Aiab Gul Delshad from Afghanistan
Aiab Gul Delshad – folk singer
Aziz Ghaznawi
Aziz Ghaznawi – singer and administrator
Baktash Kamran
Baktash Kamran – pop music singer
Farhad Darya
Farhad Darya – pop music singer
Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat
Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat – Pashto folk singer
Ghazal Ahmadi
Ghazal Ahmadi – film actress who gave up the guitar
Nairez – folk singer
Safdar Tawakoli
Safdar Tawakoli – Hazara folk singer
Sahar Afarin
Sahar Afarin – singer
Zhakfar Hussaini
Zhakfar Hussaini – ex-censor of music



Bellavista Social Club from Colombia
Bellavista Social Club – rap group from Colombia
Pasajeros from Colombia
Pasajeros – protest musicians from Colombia



Fermin Muguruza from Spain's Basque region
Fermin Muguruza – singer from Spain’s Basque region
Lavon Volski
Lavon Volski – singer from Belarus
Manu Chao
Manu Chao – singer from France / Spain
Mari Boine from Sami land / Norway
Mari Boine – singer from Sámi land / Norway



Ferhat Tunç from Turkey
Ferhat Tunç – singer
Fuat Talay from Turkey
Fuat Talay – exiled singer from Turkey
Grup Yorum from Turkey
Grup Yorum – music group from Turkey
Sanar Yurdatapan from Turkey
Sanar Yurdatapan – director, activist and composer from Turkey
Selda Bagcan from Turkey
Selda Bağcan – singer from Turkey



Kris Kristofferson from USA
Kris Kristofferson – singer and film actor
Stephan Smith-Said from USA - about the impact of music
Stephan Smith-Said – musician and writer
Tao Rodríguez-Seeger
Tao Rodríguez-Seeger – musician




Music experts (non-artists) on censorship

Here is a list of audio and video interviews on with researchers, experts and others

Audio and Realaudio interviews

Below is an index list of older video and audio interviews by Freemuse — in alphabetical order:

Abazar Hamid
Aiab Gul Delshad
Ajah Sy
Ali Farka Touré
Amal Murkus
Andy Brown
Anis Dridi
Anti-pop Consortium
Anton Goosen
Asian Dub Foundation
Azer Cirttan
Aziz Ghaznawi
Aziza Brahim
Baktash Kamran
Bellavista Social Club
Chen Shi-Zheng
Chiwoniso Maraire
Chuck D / Public Enemy
Clotaire K
Comrade Fatso
Cure, the
Damon Albarn
Darg Team
Darko C
Dean Omori
Dennis Lyxzen / TINC
Didier Awadi
Duke Erikson / Garbage
El Général
Fadal Dey
Faiz Ali Faiz
Farhad Darya
Farhad Darya (2002)
Fazl-u-Rahman Wahdat
Femi Kuti
Ferhat Tunç
Fermin Muguruza
Frank Zappa
Fuat Talay
Generation Wave
Ghazal Ahmadi
Glenys Rogers
Grup Yorum
Gulzar Alam
Hugh Masekela
Jason Carter
Jeroen de Kloet
Jerry Bonham
Johnny Clegg
Kamilya Jubran
Karamelo Santo
Kris Kristofferson
Kurash Sultan
Lapiro de Mbanga
Lavon Volski
Mahsa Vahdat
Marcel Khalife
Mari Boine
Maryam Mursal
Mehdi Haddab
Mehdi R2M
Miguel Angel Estrella
Militant Mind State
Nakaaya Sumari
Nancy Sinatra
Oath to Vanquish
Ojos de Brujo
Patti Smith
Pervaiz Akhtar
Pops Mohamed
Rabah Donquishoot
Ramy Essam
Ray Lema
Rèda Zine
Roger Lucey
Ruba Saqr
Safdar Tawakoli
Sahar Afarin
Salif Keita
Salman Ahmad
Sanar Yurdatapan
Sardar Yousafzai
Sipho Mabuse
Sivan Perwer
Stephan Smith-Said
Tao Rodriquez-Seeger
Thomas Mapfumo
Tiken Jah Fakoly
Tony Allen
Zhakfar Hussaini

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