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.”
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
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.