News 2006

3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship
200 professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference on 25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey
18 December 2006
Mexico: Musician killed for his drug related lyrics
Singer Valentin Elizalde was murdered on 25 November 2006 after a concert. His death is said to be related to his lyrics about a mercenary force employed by Mexican drug cartels
14 December 2006
Colombia: 'Prohibited ballads' are popular
The accordion-laced, hard-driving songs about Colombia's underworld are called 'corridos prohibidos' - prohibited ballads - because established radio networks ban them
14 December 2006
China: Imported music must be approved by ministry
The Chinese Ministry of Culture has said it must approve all imported network music distributed in the country, the official Xinhua news service reported on 12 December 2006.
13 December 2006
Sanar Yurdatapan
Video interview with the Turkish composer and human rights activist, and director of the Association for Freedom of Expression, Şanar Yurdatapan
06 December 2006
Stephan Smith-Said
Video interview with the American musician and political activist Stephan Smith-Said (and others) about the importance of music and of fighting music censorship
06 December 2006
Jeroen de Kloet
Video interview with the Dutch Assistant Professor Jeroen de Kloet about the situation in 2006 concerning music censorship in China
06 December 2006
Denmark: Religious reservations labeled as 'censorship'
On 5 December 2006, two bare shoulders of a female Norwegian singer became 'breaking news' in Denmark with the headline: "Muslim censorship in music show"
05 December 2006
Thailand: Opera composer forced to alter scene of his work
The military-ruled Thai government forced an opera composer to alter the final scene of his work, claiming that it transgressed the tradition of the classical dance genre
30 November 2006
Myanmar/Burma: Musical satire banned by authorities
Authorities have banned a video compact disc depicting a traditional performance on the grounds that some of the content is critical of the military government
30 November 2006
Turkey: Anti-censorship initiative launched
A new initiative against censorship was born when artists from Turkey launched the SSS - Sanatta Sans
30 November 2006
Iraq: 75 singers killed
The Iraqi Artist's Association said that nearly 80 percent of the country's singers have fled the country and that at least 75 singers had been killed since the invasion of Iraq in 2003
29 November 2006
Conference website 2006
All information regarding the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul, November 2006
28 November 2006
Uganda/Denmark: Dance troupe forced to cancel performance
Because of fear of "reprisals", the Danish-Ugandan dance troupe Faces of Uganda cancelled their performance scheduled for an opening of a controversial exhibition in Copenhagen
21 November 2006
USA: Singer's religious imagery censored
Crucifixion scene in a performance by American superstar Madonna is censored from NBC's airing of the concert on 22 November 2006
15 November 2006
Rwanda: War crimes trial feared to legitimise new repression of musicians
A UN war crimes trial charges a musician with inciting genocide in Rwanda. An unintended consequence could be repression elsewhere of legitimate forms of musical expression
14 November 2006
UNESCO-study in support of freedom of musical expression
Study for UNESCO underlines the importance of freedom of musical expression while listing examples of suppression and censorship of music in numerous countries
10 November 2006
USA: Documentary film about Dixie Chicks: 'Shut up & Sing'
A documentary film about the country trio Dixie Chicks and the three years of hysteria that followed after they criticized president George W. Bush at a concert in London in 2003
10 November 2006
Spain: Basque band in court for the lyrics of their songs
On 2 November 2006, the Basque hardcore punk band Soziedad Alkoholika was taken to court for an alleged crime of praising terrorism in some of their songs
09 November 2006
Eritrea: Gospel singer released in wheelchair
After two and a half year of imprisonment in Mai Serwa army camp, gospel singer Helen Berhane who belonged to a banned evangelical church in Eritrea was released in late October, according to a statement issued by Amnesty International
08 November 2006
East Turkistan: Uyghur composer died in exile
From his exile in Sweden the Uyghur composer, musician and poet Kurash Sultan was like an ambassador to the Uyghurs in north-western China. He died in Sweden on 29 October 2006.
06 November 2006
Kamilya Jubran
Video interview with the Palestinian artist Kamilya Jubran who lives in Israel. She talks about music making and distribution in the shadow of regional conflict
30 October 2006
Sivan Perwer
Video interview with the famous Kurdish folk musician Sivan Perwer who has had numerous songs banned in Turkey. About the political role of the artist and the "Power of Music"
30 October 2006
USA: Dixie Chicks film about censorship censored
The American tv-network NBC and the CW Television Network has refused to air ads for the new Dixie Chicks documentary, 'Shut Up & Sing'
30 October 2006 Focus on artists from the Middle East
Watch the new video interviews on recorded during the 'Images of the Middle East' festival which took place in Denmark in August-September 2006
30 October 2006
D.R. Congo: Political songs banned during election
Congo's High Media Authority has banned a number of songs and jingles in an attempt to preserve calm in the run-up to the election of the next president of Congo.
30 October 2006
Turkey: Government accused of "cultural genocide"
In a 46-pages article, a British author describes the situation in the Kurdish region of Turkey as a "cultural genocide" and states that a new anti-terror law is misused against freedom of expression
27 October 2006
Maryam Mursal
Video interview with Somali singer Maryam Mursal about music prohibition among Islamists
26 October 2006
Somalia: Confusion over music prohibition
Do Islamist hardliners want to stop all music and sentence executives of a music committee to death? Or is the story invented with the purpose of making it possible to get asylum and economic aid?
26 October 2006
France: Musician attacked by airport police
On 9 September 2006 four police officers threw Russian-American trumpet player Valery Ponomarev to the floor, kicking and punching him, twisted his arm back and broke it
23 October 2006
Germany: Neo-Nazi rally for release of jailed musician
A group of 750 Neo-Nazis demonstrated in Berlin to demand the release of a jailed right-wing musician of the banned rock group Landser, reports several news agencies
23 October 2006
Denmark: High school pupils convicted for rap song
On 19 October 2006 two pupils on K
23 October 2006
Iran: No more music download
A ban on high-speed internet will make it more difficult to download foreign music which the authorities blame for undermining Islamic culture among the younger generation
19 October 2006
Taiwan: Restrictions on mainland Chinese musicians
Taiwan regularly restricts mainland Chinese musicians visiting the island, according to an article in China Post on 17 October 2006
17 October 2006
China: Concert by American rapper Jay-Z censored
Chinese censors stopped a concert by American rapper Jay-Z
16 October 2006
UK/USA: David Byrne about self-censorship in 1981
David Byrne and Brian Eno removed a song which features samples of Qur'anic recital from re-releases of their 1981-album 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts'
12 October 2006
India: Album recalled and destroyed because it offends Christians
EMI Music has pulled the new album by the American Heavy Metal band Slayer from music stores across India because of protests from the Christian community
12 October 2006
Iraq: Religious decree prohibits all kinds of singing
In September 2006, a group of religious enforcers in Baghdad banned "music-filled parties" and all kinds of singing, reports Washington Post
12 October 2006
Iran: Report about art and censorship in Iran
"Artists self-censor in fear of risking harassment, arrest, flogging, or worse still, imprisonment," stated a report about art and censorship in Iran published by Article 19
05 October 2006
Germany: Cancelled Mozart opera show possibly reinstated
The Berlin opera house which cancelled a Mozart opera show because of concern it could provoke violence by Muslims considers staging the production after all
02 October 2006
Mauritius Islands: Ras Natty Baby free at last
One of the most popular artists of the Indian Ocean was released from prison on 21 September 2006 - the man who invented 'seggae music': Ras Natty Baby
28 September 2006
Afghanistan: Fewer music prohibitions on religious grounds
Excerpts from a report on the situation in Afghanistan by U.S. Department of State, entitled "International Religious Freedom Report 2006", released on 15 September 2006
28 September 2006
Turkey: Supporters of Kurdish tv station criminalised
56 Kurdish mayors who stood up for Danish-based Kurdish Roj TV have gone on trial in Turkey, charged with aiding and abetting the outlawed terrorist organisation Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
27 September 2006
Germany: Opera show cancelled over fear of terror
A warning from German security officials made a leading opera house in Berlin call off a production that features the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad
27 September 2006
Canada: 'Gangsta rap' seeked banned
A Toronto activist has filed a complaint against Canadian music store chain HMV selling 'gangsta rap' that glorifies the mistreatment of women
27 September 2006
Pakistan: Call for music centres to be closed
MMA's member of North-West Frontier Province Assembly Zakir Shah has called for a complete closure of music centres during the holy month of Ramzan
26 September 2006
USA: Controversial reggae star's show called off
A Los Angeles nightclub has canceled a performance by reggae star Buju Banton because of his lyrics against homosexuality
26 September 2006
Turkey: Ferhat Tun
At a criminal court hearing on 15 September 2006, musician Ferhat Tun
17 September 2006
USA: Banned Musician speaks at Clinton Global Initiative
Pakistani rockstar Salman Ahmad has been invited to speak at former US president Bill Clintons Global Initiative panel in New York on 21 September 2006
14 September 2006
Pakistan: Two more music shops bombed
Bombs damaged two music shops in a bazaar in Bannu in north-western Pakistan on 11 September 2006. Explosions damaging music shops are increasingly shaking up the area.
13 September 2006
Pakistan: Students protest against music classes
Student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami intensifies protest campaign
13 September 2006
Russia: Radical Christians want pop concert banned
Controversy and outrage follows American pop singer Madonna to her world-wide 'Confessions Tour' where she is "crucified" on a cross on stage. The act has sparked anger from various religious groups.
12 September 2006
Somalia: Islamists ban music in areas of Somalia
According to an Islamic official in Somalia, music is now banned in the country, and anyone violating the music ban could be arrested, fined and flogged. Initially, a Somali radio station has been closed down for broadcasting love songs
12 September 2006
Musicians hit by the "9/11-effect"
Tighter restrictions on air travel means that musical instruments are no longer allowed on the plane as carry-on baggage. This has lead to cancellations of concerts and tours
11 September 2006
Israel: Police confiscates CDs with "inflammatory song"
The song 'Hawk of Lebanon' by the Palestinian Northern Band has been banned by Israeli authorities. Tapes and CDs containing the song are being confiscated
05 September 2006
Senegal: Self-censorship among rappers
Backdated tax bills, harassment and death threats drives some rap artists in Senegal to tone down their socially-conscious lyrics, reports Rose Skelton from Dakar
01 September 2006
Clotaire K
Video interview with BBC World Music Award winner Clotaire K about how he perceives music as a media
31 August 2006
India: American singer censored on tv
Paris Hilton's music video 'Stars Are Blind' has been banned because of "sexual connotations".
24 August 2006
UK: Controversy over political songs
Aki Nawaz, a British rap artist and frontman of Fun-Da-Mental, is accused of glorifying terrorism. The lyrics on his new album has provoked calls for him to be arrested under anti-terrorism laws
22 August 2006
United Arab Emirates: Popular music website blocked - rated as the third most popular website in the world - has been blocked in the United Arab Emirates, causing many grievances amongst Dubai's internet savvy
17 August 2006
UK: "Cultural censorship" threatens artistic endeavours
Stringent immigration regulations have led to several foreign artists being denied entry into the UK, making it increasingly difficult to organise musical events featuring foreign artists
16 August 2006
Uzbek singer on trial for song about massacre
World-wide campaign launched in support of the popular Uzbek singer Dadakhan Khasanov who is on trial for having written a song about the Andizhan massacre in 2005
07 August 2006
Denmark: Calling to cancel Jamaican reggae star concert
Buju Banton was met with demonstrations and callings to cancel his concert when he played at The Rock in Copenhagen on July 11 2006
26 July 2006
Video interview with Xardas, a 24-year-old Lebanese composer and producer of Dark Ambient music who had his new release confiscated by authorities in June 2006
08 July 2006
Oath to Vanquish
Video interview with the Lebanese Death Metal band Oath to Vanquish, recorded in July 2006 - about their music and music censorship in Lebanon
08 July 2006
Malaysia: Blacklisted Heavy Metal band launches debut album
After more than 20 years of performing, the blacklisted Malaysian Heavy Metal band Blackfire has finally released it's debut album, entitled 'Lahir Dari Api' on 6 June 2006
05 July 2006
Newsletter no. 4 / 2006
Freemuse Newsletter no. 4 / 2006
27 June 2006
Slovenia: Alert for cultural house in Ljubljana
Metelkova, a lively cultural house and concert hall in Ljubljana, has become a thorn in the eye of the government of Slovenia which seeks to tear it down.
27 June 2006
USA: Country band banned on radio stations - again
Songs of the American country band Dixie Chicks have been banned on country radio stations, and ticket sales are reportedly way off in southern US cities
22 June 2006
Serbia: Religious attack on Balkan orchestra
Ten Muslim extremists donning long beards, short pants and white hats broke up a concert with Balkanika Orchestra in Novi Pazar, reports Belgrade radio B92.
15 June 2006
Lebanon: "Satanic music" regarded a security issue
Composer and producer of Dark Ambient music asked by authorities to sign a paper promising that he will never send or receive any packages that contain "dark" or "weird" music
15 June 2006
Israel: American piano tuner arrested
Paul Larudee, an American who came to tune pianos in Ramallah and Jenin, refused to board a plane against his will and is now waiting for a court decision regarding him
15 June 2006
Pakistan: Renewed ban on audio cassettes
Local Taliban and religious leaders in North Waziristan on 11 June 2006 issued public notices that they will punish people listening to "un-Islamic" music
15 June 2006
Czech / UK: Theatre play inspired by censored rock band
'Rock 'n' Roll' is a new British play partly based on the story about the reputed rock band The Plastic People of the Universe from Prague.
08 June 2006
Freedom of musical expression in the Middle East - report
'All that is Banned is Desired' summarizes the sessions and discussions held at the 'Conference on Freedom of Expression in Music' in Beirut in October 2005
06 June 2006
Lebanon: Music producer called in for "investigation"
Dark Ambient musician investigated on 2 June 2006 at the headquarter of the General Security department in Beirut, his music categorised as "satanic" and "offensive to people's morals"
01 June 2006
Canada: American rappers barred from Canada
"Canada attempts to place US rappers in the same category as terrorists - literally," said American rapper Jerome Almon, CEO of Murdercap Records.
24 May 2006
Algeria/France: Ra
The Algerian legendary ra
18 May 2006
Pakistan: Music banned in Pakistani province
In May 2006 a pro-Taliban militant cleric announced a ban on music and video shops in the Hamuzai area near Miramshah, residents said, according to the Pakistani newspaper, Dawn
18 May 2006
UK: Previously forbidden opera performed in Glasgow
On 21 May 2006, Cecilia Bartoli performs in Glasgow, UK, with a programme that bears the same title as her latest album: 'Opera Proibito' - "forbidden opera".
15 May 2006
Turkey: Kurdish singer prohibited from travelling
On May 14 2006 Kurdish singer Selda Bağcan was stopped by Turkish authorities from travelling to Canada for a concert, reports Kurdish Info
15 May 2006
USA: 'Fortress America' denies access to musicians
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads an impassioned campaign to ease the visa crisis for musicians visiting the 'Land of the Free'.
15 May 2006
Saudi Arabia: Journalist arrested for "destructive thoughts"
Journalist who reported about ritualistic burning of musical instruments has been arrested by Saudi Arabia's domestic intelligence agency
11 May 2006
USA: Record label accused of boycotting song
Famous rapper Master P believes that Sony BMG are placing phone calls to radio stations across USA, demanding that his son's single not get played and negotiating "no-play deals"
11 May 2006
USA: Rapper banned from New York radio station
After being shot in the buttocks outside of the radio station Hot 97 in New York on 26 April 2006, Brooklyn rapper Gravy's music has been banned from the station's airwaves
11 May 2006
India: Government bans "raunchy" music videos
In April 2006, the Government of India banned "raunchy music videos". However, the Times of India reports that the ban has not been implemented
11 May 2006
All information regarding the 3rd Freemuse World Conference in Istanbul, November 2006
10 May 2006
Zimbabwe: South African DJ Cleo banned in Zimbabwe
South African DJ and music producer DJ Cleo has been barred from entering Zimbabwe because he "uttered bad things" about president Robert Mugabe
08 May 2006
Afghanistan: Singing about women critised by imam
Afghan DJ Besho has been criticised by an influential cleric among Afghanistan's religious
08 May 2006
Denmark: Teenager arrested for 'death rap'
A 17-year-old teenager was arrested for sending death threats in the form of a rap song to the Danish politician Naser Khader, reports the news agency Reuters
08 May 2006
Newsletter no. 3 / 2006
Freemuse Newsletter no. 3 / 2006
05 May 2006
Iran: World premiere of film about music censorship in Iran
Documentary film on governmental censorship of music in Iran had its world premiere in New York in 2006: 'Sounds of Silence - Underground Music in Tehran'
04 May 2006
Zimbabwe: Musician receives death threats
On 1 May 2006, prominent Zimbabwean musician Hosiah Chipanga was forced to pull out of the Workers Day celebrations following anonymous death threats
04 May 2006
Sweden: Religious group attempts to silence music
A group of young, religious men in Sweden act like as if they were an Islamic police force and try to prevent Swedish muslims from listening to music
28 April 2006
Tibet, the A.R. of China: "singing nun" released
The release of 34-year-old Tibetan nun Nyidron marks the end of the imprisonment in Tibet for a group of women who became known as the "singing nuns" of Drapchi prison
26 April 2006
UK: Detained for humming 'London Calling'
Is the The Clash's classic punk song 'London Calling' a dangerous song? In England in April 2006, a taxi passenger was detained for simply singing along to it
26 April 2006
Malawi: Public broadcaster accused of blacklisting
Malawian musician Lucius Banda claims to have been banned by public broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, reports Nation Online
25 April 2006
Tibet, the A.R. of China: Teacher of traditional Tibetan dance imprisoned
A Tibetan monk and teacher of the traditional monastic dance Cham has been sentenced to four years in prison after he gave talks about Tibetan culture and history
24 April 2006
Pakistan: Ban on dance and music in schools
A ban has been imposed on social functions featuring dance and music, particularly Indian songs, in educational institutions, reports Daily Times
24 April 2006
Jamaica: School principal wants 'negative songs' banned
The principal of the Mona High School in Kingston has called for the banning of songs with lyrical contents that have a negative impact on the youth, reports The Jamaica Observer
24 April 2006
China: Popular music tv programme banned
A programme called "Supergirl" on Hunan provincial television made history among tv programmes in China. Now it has been banned by Chinese authorities.
21 April 2006
UK/Israel: Rock star changed his mind about concert venue
Pink Floyd bass player Roger Waters Roger Waters has called off his summer concert in Tel Aviv and will instead perform in a chickpea field near a joint Jewish-Arab village
20 April 2006
China: Rolling Stones had five songs censored
Chinese censors restricted the Rolling Stones from performing five songs when they made their debut in mainland China on 8 April 2006.
10 April 2006
North Korea: Exiled because of passion for jazz
Classical pianist Kim Cheol-woong (Cheol Woong Kim) had to flee North Korea to realise his dream of becoming a jazz musician
06 April 2006
Czech Republic: Bishop wants to ban secular music from churches
Basing his decision on the Vatican's directive on church music issued in 1987, a Czech bishop intends to ban the Gustav Mahler's music
06 April 2006
South Africa: Public radio bans Zulu hit song
The title track from the South African album 'Msholozi' by Izingane Zoma has been banned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation
04 April 2006
Nigeria: Radio station restricted for playing song with political lyrics
Freedom Radio in Kano has been sanctioned, possibly for playing a specific political song
03 April 2006
Iraq: Music stores bombed in Baquba
Insurgents bombed three stores selling music CDs in southern Baquba, 60 km north of Baghdad, on early 2 April 2006
02 April 2006
China: Magazine featuring Cui Jian banned
Three weeks after the first copies of a Chinese version of Rolling Stone hit the newsstands and were torn off the shelves, Chinese regulators said they would not allow it to publish a second issue.
30 March 2006
Belarus: Interview with Belarusian singer Lavon Volski from NRM
Interview with Belarusian singer Ljavon Volski. He is the lead singer in the rock and punk band N.R.M., based in Minsk
28 March 2006
Belarus: CD with blacklisted Belarusian rock music
Most of the bands on the CD 'Belarusian Red Book - Music of Belarus' have been blacklisted or censored in their home country
28 March 2006
South Korea: Government pressure on musical about North Korea
A cultural center in southern Seoul runs the controversial musical 'Yoduk Story' which is set in a remote North Korean detention camp, Yoduk.
24 March 2006
USA: "Forbidden Voices" - Jewish songs banned by Nazis revived
San Fransisco, April 2006: World premiere of "Forbidden Voices" - recently discovered songs by Jewish composers banned by Nazis in the 1930ies
23 March 2006
New anthology: "Music and Manipulation"
New anthology on the ever-actual questions on moral, aesthetics and the power of music.
22 March 2006
Germany: Concert called off due to threats from right-wing radicals
An anti-Nazi concert in the former eastern German border town of Halberstadt was cancelled after the National Democratic Party (NPD) applied pressure to local authorities
21 March 2006
USA: America's first museum dedicated to freedom of expression
America's first museum dedicated to freedom of expression opens in Chicago on 11 April 2006
20 March 2006
Belarus election: Blacklisted bands play in Poland
The hope amongst the organisers and artists is that music can fuel revolution and bring about democracy in Belarus
17 March 2006
UK/Israel: Pink Floyd star rejects cultural boycott
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has been asked by Palestinians to cancel his show in Tel Aviv or to put on a separate performance for Palestinians
13 March 2006
Belarus election: Protest against music censorship
The presidential election in Belarus is met with protests against the Belarusian hardliner censorship policy
13 March 2006
Ghana: Country profile
A brief overview of the history of music censorship in the West African country Ghana during the last hundred years
06 March 2006
Officials detain musicians as possible terrorists
Morrissey was questioned by the FBI and British intelligence after speaking out against Bush and Blair
03 March 2006
Iran: Forbidden rap album becomes a hit
A new album made by the group Dalu mocks the Islamic Republic's top clerics. It has taken the country by storm, reports Iran Focus
03 March 2006
China: The Rolling Stones accepts censorship
Veteran rock star group The Rolling Stones will likely follow the beat of China's censors when they perform in China in April concert
03 March 2006
Bob Titley: Artists afraid to speak out
Video interview with one of the founding members of Music Row Democrats, which was born in December 2003 out of frustration and concern about the changing music climate
02 March 2006
UK: Tv channel bans music video because of threats
Deeyah's music video has been taken off air and banned by a British Asian tv channel as they received threats to their staff for airing it
27 February 2006
Tunisia/Egypt: Najla too sexy for Egyptian tv
The Egyptian music channel Mazzika will not air Tunisian singer and dancer Najla's new music video because it is considered pornographic
23 February 2006
USA/UK: Media giant claimed to threaten British music
"Texan media firm Clear Channel Communications is increasingly casting its shadow over the music scene in Britain," writes Granville Williams
23 February 2006
USA: Rap artists blacklisted in Las Vegas casinos
Las Vegas sheriff backed by Nevada's Gaming Control Board has declared war on gangster rap in casinos and their nightclubs
16 February 2006
Newsletter no. 1 / 2006
Freemuse Newsletter no. 1 / 2006
13 February 2006
Freemuse report on censorship in post 9/11 USA
'Singing in the Echo Chamber'. Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11. New report published by Freemuse
13 February 2006
Malaysia: American music performance banned from tv
Officials in Malaysia apparently found the dance and costume of American superstar Madonna so provocative that they banned it from been shown on Malaysian television
13 February 2006
Denmark / Tunisia: Danish orchestras cancel concerts in Tunisia
Danish musician Chris Poole & Kasper S
13 February 2006
Dominican Republic: Cumbia hit banned
'La Camisa Negra' ("The Black Shirt") by Colombian megastar Juanes has been blacklisted in the Dominican Republic
10 February 2006
USA: Rock superstars censored for their lyrics
On February 5, 2006, rock music veterans The Rolling Stones were censored during their performance at the Super Bowl - one of the most-watched events on US tv
10 February 2006
Malaysia: Norwegian rock band banned from performing
Norwegian black metal band Mayhem was scheduled to give a performance in Malaysia's capital, but following objections from members of the country's parliament, the concert has been banned.
10 February 2006
Denmark: CD-album recalled due to fear of misinterpretation
Launch of new Danish album has been cancelled because the cover shows Jomi Massage in burka-like outfit in the colours of the Danish flag.
07 February 2006
Denmark / Morocco: Danish DJ boycotted in Morocco
Moroccan night club has cancelled engagement of the Danish house-DJ Rune RK for "political reasons"
07 February 2006
Ferhat Tunc meets Danish MP's
Kurdish singer met leading parliamentarians and high level representatives from Amnesty, Pen and Danish Arts organizations in Copenhagen.
01 February 2006
Pakistan: Explosion destroys music shops
Suspected Islamic militants planted explosive material near a music shop in the center of the bazaar in Tanak district of North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan
26 January 2006
Malaysia: Islamic authority bans black metal
On January 23, 2006, the highest Islamic authority in Malaysia placed a ban on black metal - the rock music variant dominated by distorted guitars and occult imagery
25 January 2006
Afghanistan: First female music performance in a decade
As the first female singer to take to the stage in Afghanistan in more than a decade, Tajik singer Maniza Daulat performed for 1,500 male fans in Kabul
25 January 2006
Puerto Rico: Censorship on reggaeton genre
The Dominican Republic contemplates a nation-wide ban on Reggaeton. The genre has previously been banned on radio in Puerto Rico, and albums were boycotted
19 January 2006
Eritrea: Two music shops shut down, singer imprisoned
In December 2005, Eritrean police raided two music shops in Asmara. Popular evangelical Christian singer Helen Berhane has been jailed without trial since May 2004
19 January 2006
Turkey: "Keep Roj TV!" Turkish musicians protest
Turkish musicians signed a petition against attempts to ban the Denmark-based Kurdish Roj TV. The Danish government has been under diplomatic pressure to effect its closure.
17 January 2006
Afghan singer Farhad Darya poisoned in Los Angeles
On December 31, 2005, Farhad Darya fell ill and had to interrupt his concert. He was rushed to hospital where the doctors found remains of poison in his body
17 January 2006
Afghanistan: Strict self-censorship on Afghan music tv
No rap and no sexy content. These are the rules for the producer of a popular music television program in Afghanistan. Interview
10 January 2006
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tun
"I regret to say that something I did for humanitarian purposes to save someone's life was turned into a lynching campaign against me"
09 January 2006
USA: Country song about miscarriage blacklisted
Country singer George Canyon's song 'My Name' is banned by certain American radio stations because it's lyrics are about a woman who miscarried
04 January 2006
Lebanese singer Marcel Khalife banned in Tunisia
The Lebanese singer is "no longer welcome" in Tunisia and his songs are banned from state controlled medias
02 January 2006
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