• Music & Islam – what’s the big fuss?

    FREEMUSE THEME ##PagePublishedLong## Music & Islam – what’s the big fuss? In Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Taliban continues to attack musicians and music shops, but what is the position on music in Islam? For several years Freemuse has stimulated research and documentation on issues of music and Islam. For instance: Battling over the public sphereTo [...]
  • ‘Freemuse Ambassador’ plays Nobel Peace Prize concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Freemuse Ambassador’ plays Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway Televised to 100 countries, ‘Freemuse Ambassador’ Salman Ahmad and his band Junoon will perform with artists from all over the world at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday 11 December 2007. In just a few years the yearly Nobel Peace Prize [...]
  • Nigeria: Banned song became duo’s break-through

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Nigeria:Banned song became duo’s break-through The debut song of the Nigerian duo Zule-Zoo was banned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation when it came out in March 2006. Instead of silencing them, the ban actually helped promoting their new album, entitled ‘Banned In Nigeria’, which has become a nation-wide hit “It was a big [...]
  • USA: Folk singer Joan Baez ‘disinvited’ by army officials

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Folk singer Joan Baez ‘disinvited’ by army officials American folk singer Joan Baez, who had performed at numerous anti-Vietnam-War demonstrations, was forbidden to participate in John Mellencamp’s concert at Walter Reed Hospital where he performed for wounded troops on 27 April 2007. Antiwar activist Joan Baez says she was ‘disinvited’ from the event [...]
  • Zimbabwe: Protest singer Viomak challenges Mugabe’s regime

    MUSICIAN PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwe:Protest singer challenges Mugabe’s regime Exiled Zimbabwean singer Viomak challenges the Mugabe regime. By doing so she puts her life at risk, she says, and she sings under the pseudonum Viomak for fear of reprisals against her family in Zimbabwe. “Die for a reason that will live”, Viomak writes as an opening line on [...]
  • Germany: Exhibition about East Europe’s censored rock music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany:Exhibition about East Europe’s censored rock music On 7 October 2007 the KLIPZENSORED exhibition opened in Berlin. It presents music clips and music-based video art that for various reasons weren’t shown or played in the former European East Bloc countries such as East Germany and Hungary. Many of the presented works in the exhibition are [...]
  • Press release: ‘Hidden Truths’ Belarus report in Russian translation

    PRESS RELEASE##PageSearchDescription## ##PagePublishedLong## “Hidden Truths” in Russian translation For the first time, a report “Hidden Truths” published by Freemuse is translated into Russian. In the report Freemuse turns its attention to Belarus, where freedoms of information and expression have become the unrelenting victims in an increasingly destructive battle for political control.В своём последнем отчёте о [...]
  • Iran: ‘Rap-e-Fars’ – Persian rap and the Iranian rap scene

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Persian rap still illegalIn May 2007, the web site World Music Central published an article about rappers in Iran. Amir Azizmohamadi describes the Persian rap, ‘Rap-e Fars’, as “underground, unofficial, and illegal”. However, the Persian rap scene is alive and kicking – vigorous and musically stunning. ‘Rap-e-Fars’ is very popular among Iranian teenagers. [...]
  • Saudi Arabia: Never write ‘music’ or ‘violin’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Saudi Arabia:Never write ‘music’ or ‘violin’ Words such as ‘music’, ‘musician’, and ‘violin’ are considered offensive in Saudi Arabia, reports Arabnews.com In Saudia Arabia radio announcers are restricted from uttering words like “dance” or “party,” and according to Arabnews.com there is also a long list of particular words that are forbidden to mention [...]
  • USA: Music tv channel bleeps the word ‘suicidal’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Music tv channel bleeps the word ‘suicidal’ American rapper Sean Kingston’s song ‘Beautiful Girl’ is about a girl so beautiful that he is afraid that their relation will never work: “You’ll have me suicidal, suicidal – When you say it’s over.” But on the MTV show ‘Total Request Live’, Sean Kingston’s summer [...]
  • Musical responses to 9/11: List of allegedly ‘banned’ songs

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Musical responses to September 11th: The list of allegedly ‘banned’ songs In the wake of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, a list of 160 “lyrically inappropriate” songs was said to have been distributed to 1,200 radio stations in the US, and consequently bands such as Rage Against The Machine were allegedly banned from [...]
  • USA: The US rock group Pearl Jam’s anti-Bush statement censored on webcast

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:Rock group’s anti-Bush statement allegedly censored After Pearl Jam’s live show on 5 August 2007, the band was informed by fans that parts of the webcast of their concert had been left out by the main sponsor AT&T. There was an interruption of the webcast when the lead singer made a statement against [...]
  • China: Moon Hee-jun’s song banned

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## China:Moon Hee-jun’s song banned The song ‘Media’, which is included in Moon Hee-jun’s second album, was banned by all three major broadcast stations (KBS, MBC, and SBS) for attacking mass media. The lyrics and melody for ‘Media’ was written by Moon Hee-jun himself. In the song, he severely criticizes the faults of mass [...]
  • USA: Documentary film about Dixie Chicks: ‘Shut up & Sing’

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Shut up & Sing’ – a documentary film about Dixie Chicks – awarded Numerous awards have been given to the documentary film about freedom of speech and censorship in the field of American country music “Shut up & Sing” documents the country trio The Dixie Chicks during the three years of medial and [...]
  • Germany/Russia: Was Hitler listening to ‘forbidden’ music?

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Germany/Russia:Was Hitler listening to ‘forbidden’ music? The newspaper International Herald Tribune reports that a record collection possibly belonging to Adolf Hitler has been found in Russia. The nearly 100 records were stored in the attic of a former Soviet intelligence agent who recently died. The agent left a note behind him, saying that [...]
  • Iran: About 230 people arrested during a ‘satanistic’ music event

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:About 230 people arrested during a ‘satanic’ music event The news agency Reuters reports that more than 200 people were arrested during a police raid on an underground rap and rock concert in Iran. The raid was a part of an annual summer crackdown on “immoral behavior”. In Iran, alcohol as well as [...]
  • Sweden: Explicit lyrics cause heated debate about women’s sexuality

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Sweden: Explicit lyrics cause heated debate about women’s sexuality In Sweden a song by Frida Muranius has caused furore. After being banned on two regional public service radio stations, the song lyrics are debated in newspapers, radio, web forums and court yards in the country. Almost everyone has an opinion about Muranius’ sexually [...]
  • Spain: Guernica celebrated Freemuse in ‘Festival Against Censorship’

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Spain:Guernica celebrated Freemuse in ‘Festival Against Censorship’ A packed concert hall in Guernica greeted Ray Lema and his trio on 28 October 2007 as the African piano veteran concluded the second ‘Festival Against Censorship’. Dedicated to the work of Freemuse, the festival featured artists from Africa, Europe and USA and received supportive greetings [...]
  • South Africa: ‘The Censored meet their Censor’

    SPEECHES ##PagePublishedLong## 1st FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP Copenhagen, 20-22 November 1998The text below is an excerpt from the conference report This page in printer-friendly PDF format South Africa:The Censored meet their Censor – Music and Censorship during Apartheid in South Africa Mr. Sipho Mabuse and Mr. Ray Phiri, musicians from South Africa, in [...]
  • USA: Printing plant refused to print ‘satanic’ album cover

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA: Printing plant refused to print ‘satanic’ album The forthcoming album from British death metal band Akercocke, entitled ‘Antichrist’, has caused uproar amongst religious groups in Ireland and USA. The US printing plant where the CD booklet is being manufactured has refused to print ‘satanic’ material The album is currently set to be [...]
  • ‘Shoot the Singer!’ launch in Italian language

    SHOOT THE SINGER! BOOK LAUNCH ##PagePublishedLong## Italy:Nobel prize winner introduces Freemuse book When ‘Shoot the Singer’ is published in Italian language on 12 May 2007, the book has a new introduction written by Nobel price laureate Dario Fo. Entitled ‘Sparate Sul Pianista! La Censura Musicale Oggi’, the Italian version is launched at the Torino International [...]
  • Iran: ‘Half Moon’ – film about women’s right to sing

    FILMS ##PagePublishedLong## Iran:Film about women’s right to sing ‘Half Moon’ is a feature film which talks of women’s right to perform in public, and to participate in the artistic development of a land They jump into an orange mini bus and begin the search for a female singer who will join their company – which [...]
  • North Korea: Jason Carter – ‘The Colour Of Silence’

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## North Korea:The Colour Of Silence Excerpts from Jason Carter’s diary, ‘The Colour Of Silence In The Axis Of Evil’ Jason Carter is a British guitarist who has travelled and toured in more than 70 countries. This is his personal account of his first performance in North Korea – as the second person from [...]
  • Marcel Khalife’s video statement – مارسـيل خليفة يَتحدَّث

    MARCEL KHALIFE ##PagePublishedLong## مارسـيل خليفة يَتحدَّث عن مَجنون ليلى In this statement the Lebanese singer and composer Marcel Khalife speaks (in Arabic language) about why artists must engage in the defence of creativity. See translation below.   Flash Player upgrade required www.marcelkhalife.com Duration: 4:32 minutes. The video was recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Mik Aidt [...]
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