• Freemuse Award presented to Festival au Désert

    See on Scoop.it – Articles and news about Freemuse Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’, received the Freemuse Award on 3 June 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The … See on freemuse.org
  • Freedom of Expression: An vital issue for all artists & musicians – WNN – Women News Network

    See on Scoop.it – Articles and news about Freemuse WNN – Women News Network Freedom of Expression: An vital issue for all artists & musicians WNN – Women News Network A few weeks ago in early June (2013) I had the honor of being invited to speak at the UN in Geneva alongside Freemuse, one [...]
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    See on Scoop.it – Articles and news about Freemuse Music, Culture and Conflict in #Mali http://t.co/8jjjok2SwP See on t.co
  • Tunisia: Two rappers convicted to 21 months in prison

    Two Tunisian rappers, Weld El 15 and Klay BBJ, have been given 21 month jail terms in absentia for insulting officials, their lawyer said on 4 September 2013, criticising the ruling as a new attack on freedom of expression. Weld El 15 This was reported by AFP. The trial took place on 30 August 2013 [...]
  • Malaysia: American heavy metal band denied permit to perform

    Christian and Islamic groups in Malaysia called for a festival concert with the American heavy metal band Lamb of God scheduled for 28 September 2013 in Kuala Lumpur to be banned. As a result, on 4 September, the band was reportedly denied permit to perform in Malaysia. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir [...]
  • Turkey: Imam who is also a musician receives threats

    Imam and rock musician Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer gave a concert with a repertoire composed entirely by himself at Kaş Marina on 10 August 2013. After the concert was reported by the press, he began to receive threatening and insulting messages. ‘Imam led the prayer before concert | Rocker Imam Ahmet’. Published on youtube.com on 11 [...]
  • Freemuse Award presented to Festival au Désert

    Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’, received the Freemuse Award on 3 June 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The award ceremony took place in connection with a UN session on the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity featuring artists and human rights [...]
  • Tunisia: Rapper sentenced to two years imprisonment, violence in court

    On 13 June 2013, the Tunisian rapper Weld El 15 was (again) sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the police in a song. Weld El 15, who had previously been in hiding, turned himself in and was immediately taken into custody. Cries were raised in the court room when the verdict was announced. [...]
  • China: Two Tibetan singers sentenced to two years in prison

    Two Tibetan singers, Pema Trinley, 22, and Chakdor, 32, who were detained in 2012 for releasing a music album titled ‘Agony of Unhealed Wounds’ are reported by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy to have been secretly sentenced to two years in prison. The two singers come from a nomadic village called Meuruma. [...]
  • Vietnam: Musician fined for publishing CD with “depraved contents”

    Ngọc Đại, a prominent experimental musician, has been fined 30 million dong (app. US$ 1,500) for publishing and distributing his latest album without permission to do so. 1,000 copies of the album were printed and almost sold out before authorities reacted. It features lyrics by poets, Bui Chat and Nguyen Dinh Chinh, who allegedly are [...]
  • Palestine: Singer Oday Khatib set free

    Oday Khatib, an acclaimed Palestinian singer from the Ramallah-based Al Kamandjati music school, has been released after three months in prison for allegedly throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. This was reported by Sandy Tolan and Anan Abu-Shanab of Alkamandjati Association on 6 June 2013. Oday Khatib is a singer who has recorded and performed across [...]
  • Freemuse speaks at Human Rights Council

    On 3 June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, Freemuse made its first oral statement in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Commenting on the newly launched UN report on artistic freedom and creativity, Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov said: “The problems faced by artists are well described. Your analysis of the negative effects on [...]
  • Sweden: ‘Impossible Music Sessions’ in Stockholm

    On 11 June 2013, music written by the censored artists Pussy Riot and Arya Aramnejad will be interpreted and presented in the Swedish capital Stockholm by the artists Jennie Abrahamson, Linnéa Olsson and Love Antell. The concert, entitled ‘The Impossible Music Sessions Stockholm Session #1’ is organised by SKAP, the Swedish Society of Popular Music, [...]
  • China: Video and song by Ai Weiwei banned

    The song and video for ‘Dumbass’, the first track from Ai Weiwei’s forthcoming heavy metal album, ‘Divine Comedy’, are being blocked on the Chinese Internet — along with the search term “Ai Weiwei”, reported several news media. The track reconstructs Ai Weiwei’s 81-day detention in 2011, including what he says is an exact model of [...]
  • Russia: Jailed Pussy Riot member in hunger strike

    Maria Alyokhina in prison. Photo: courtesy of RIA Novosti Freemuse Statement regarding Maria Alyokhina: Freemuse learns with dismay of the launching of a hunger strike by jailed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, in protest against the brutal conditions of her detention and the lack of fairly adjudicatation of her conviction. Freemuse sent an appeal to [...]
  • Freemuse Award to be presented in UN building in Geneva

    Manny Ansar, festival director and co-founder of Mali’s world famous ‘Festival au Désert’, will receive the Freemuse Award on Monday 3 June 2013 at the Geneva United Nations headquarters in Switzerland. The award ceremony will take place in connection with a UN session on the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity featuring artists [...]
  • New book: Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali

    Freemuse are pleased to announce the publication of our first book, ‘Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali’, which is launched in a digital and on-demand paperback edition. MUSIC, CULTURE & CONFLICT IN MALI By Andy Morgan A Freemuse publication 220 pages • Out now “Our musician was on his way to a wedding in a [...]
  • India: Artists protest against state-sponsored censorship

    A protest march demanded that the Bombay High court immediately release of members of the cultural troupe Kabir Kala Manch. Published on YouTube.com on 8 May 2013. On 2 May 2013, artists, writers, journalists, filmmakers, students, cultural activists and actors from theatre groups marched in protest from Sriram Centre to Maharashtra Sadan in Mumbai demanding [...]
  • Iran: Report from Tehran where banned tunes thrive

    “Cab rides in Tehran reveal how many flout the rules banning music genres including metal, R&B, hip-hop and kooche-bazaari,” wrote the British newspaper The Guardian on 7 May 2013. The anonymous writer of the article in The Guardian mentions that Iman Hojjat — one of five Tehran musicians who were arrested in January 2013 on charges [...]
  • France: Rap musician acquitted of ‘defamation’ charges

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## France:Rap musician acquitted of ‘defamation’ charges On 23 September 2008, Mohamed Bourokba, known as Hamé, was acquitted. The verdict brings to an end one of France’s most protracted and symbolic libel cases which during the last six years has locked one of France’s leading underground rap groups, La Rumeur, in a legal battle [...]
  • Burma / China / Cote d’Ivoire: ‘An Independent Mind’

    FILM ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / China / Côte d’IvoireFilm with Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, who received the Freemuse Award 2008, is one of the main characters in a new documentary film, ‘An Independent Mind’ — about freedom of speech and how far individuals in different countries will go in order to preserve it. The [...]
  • Israel: Conference about ‘music on troubled soils’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel: Conference in October about ‘music on troubled soils’ Which role does music play for countries in conflict? Does music have a power to overcome physical or cultural barriers? Such questions will be investigated when musicians, politicians and experts from Europe, the United States and Africa gather in Jerusalem, Israel, on 23-26 October [...]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Introduction to Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene An animated video by Scott Bateman and Edith Mirante. SourceSalon.com – 22 May 2008:‘Bateman: Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene’ Related reading on freemuse.org Read more:
  • Ethiopia: Teddy Afro’s trial takes a strange twist

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Ethiopia: Teddy Afro’s trial takes a strange twist The defence lawyer of reggae singer Teddy Afro and an editor-in-chief of a local newspaper which interviewed the lawyer were arrested in Addis Ababa on 4 August 2008. The lawyer was convicted to 50 days in prison on 6 August. By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s [...]
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