Afghan TV U-turn on women singers

16 January 2004

Afghan state television has gone back on a decision to show female singers, saying the country is not yet ready for such broadcasts.     A song by the popular artist, Salma, was shown on Monday, the first time such images were broadcast since 1992. But the programming chief of …

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Sarah Jones and FCC

14 January 2004

” I think they should have the right to censor anybody, but my song didn’t have any of the seven “dirty words” that you’re not allowed to say on American radio.” American hip-hop poet and performance artist Sarah Jones on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling her song, Your Revolution …

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Singer Lee Jones attacks Bush

7 January 2004

American singer Rickie Lee Jones has attacked the policies of the Bush administration on her latest record – despite the potential risk to her career. “I usually reflect things totally internally. But I think what is happening in America is so disturbing to me, it becomes internal”. Story from BBC …

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India: Bhangra dance banned in Jamshedpur

8 April 2003

Sikh religious leaders in the city of Jamshedpur has banned women from the community from dancing the vigorous Punjabi bhangra on the streets during celebrations “There will be a complete ban on women’s participation in bhangra. Those found guilty of violating the directive will have pay 2,100 rupees.” This was said in …

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Aghan police beat musicians defying ban

16 October 2002

Police beat two Afghan musicians and threatened to bomb their office for violating a local ban on music reminiscent of that imposed by the former Taliban regime, a state-controlled newspaper reported today. The Anis Daily quoted the musicians as saying the incident occurred on Monday night at a wedding party …

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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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Iran: Mahsa Vahdat – Singing in the absence of others

18 February 2002

Singing in the Absence of Others The young musician and singer Mahsa Vahdat speaks with Naghmeh Taqizadeh from TehranAvenue about the challenges of being a woman in a society that has so many restrictions on female voice   By Naghmeh Taqizadeh – Mahsa Vahdat is a young musician and …

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Popular Iranian singer Googoosh kept out of the US

10 February 2002

It was going to be another chance for fans to see the legendary Iranian singer named Googoosh, but the U.S.-led war on terrorism has had unintended consequences on Tehran’s most popular artists, who are finding it almost impossible to practice their craft in the United States. Googoosh was scheduled to …

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USA: Patti Smith

17 August 2001

Singer Patti Smith interviewed by Daniel Brown/Freemuse at Roskilde Festival, July 2001. Listen 

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