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This Week’s Online Events: Female Vocalists In Iran And Music And Protest

This Thursday, 12th of November, there are two online events that possibly can interest Shouts’ readers. The first event is a talk given by Nahid Siamdoust, as part of her fellowship at Harvard’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. She will talk about “the ban on women’s solo vocals in Iran.”

“Her research project, “Women Singing: The Regulation of Solo Female Vocals in Iran’s Hypermediated Public Sphere,” investigates whether processes occurring in Iran’s hypermediated public sphere can drive the Islamic Republic to redefine its rulings.”

This event starts at 3:00 pm EST (8:00 pm GMT). This event is supposed to last 1 hour.

Register here: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i0Iurp5WQJmv9PUIhQaP_w

Musicians On The Frontlines is a series of panel discussions, community events and concerts and this Thursday the organisers will be joined by interesting musicians from different parts of the globe:

“Allan Ballinger and Kenneth Long will be joined by Aaron Jaffaris and Byron Au Yong, creators of the Activist Songbook, and Ameen Mokdad, musician activist in Baghdad, Iraq. Together they will discuss music and protest. ​Read about the Activist Songbook here. Read about the work of Ameen Mokdad here.

This event starts at 4:00 pm EST (9:00 pm GMT).

Register here: https://www.cuatropuntos.org/musicpolitics2020panel.html

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Online Session: Know Your Artistic Rights – Digital Censorship And Artivism Online

According to their online statement, the Oslo World Festival is about bringing the Norwegian capital to the world and the world to Oslo. Our colleagues at Freemuse will hold an interesting online session tomorrow, Monday the 26th of October:

“Join us tomorrow for Freemuse session at 12:00 CET during the Oslo World

Together with musician Ferhat Tunç Offıcial, Jan Lothe Eriksen from Safemuse and Freemuse Advocacy and Campaigns Officer Paige Collings we will talk about digital censorship and artivism online.

Participate online for free! The link for online access will be available here on Monday ➡️ https://bit.ly/3dTceWT

You can find the programme here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3kuaKoe

Cover image taken from Freemuse’s Facebook post

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Moroccan Rapper Gets 1 Year Prison Sentence For Insulting The Police

Moroccan artists have long had to face serious oppression and attacks on to their freedom of expression. The latest victim of Moroccan government and police system is rapper Gnawi (real name Mohamed Mounir) who recently rapped on a track that criticizes the government and the economic division that young and older people experience on a daily basis.

The track’s lyrics cover a lot of ground and even criticize the king of Morocco which is a criminal offense in the country.

Apparently Gnawi can appeal the court’s decision. We at Shouts call upon the Moroccan government to stop oppressing free speech and artists’ freedom to create and work.

One can only wonder why governments are so afraid of music. After all, they are the ones with the big weapons – how much can a rap song harm them? A protest song is supposed inspire the masses though, and if successful, the people who listen and take the message to heart can join hands and tear down fascist governments.

That must be why governments put singers in prison. To prevent such possible damage to their powers. That is also why we must all keep on singing, and fight for the rights of those currently locked up.

Cover photo credits: Instagram/gnawiofficial