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Forced To Seek Asylum Because Of Her Music: Video Of The Day

In Iran the Islamic government restricts women from performing their music alone on stage. For one musician, Farzane Zamen, this drove her out of her home country and eventually forced her to seek asylum in Scotland.

Today she is a working musician in that foreign place. Time will only tell if she will be safe to travel back to Iran but until then she will continue to make her music.

Video Of The Day Resulted In Artists Being Imprisoned

When in 2018 Egyptian musician Ramy Essam published the music video to his single “Balaha”, Egyptian authorities arrested the poet behind the lyrics, the music video director and Essam’s former social media manager.

Essam is well known for his participation in the protests of 2011 after writing the song “Irhal” which became an anthem for the revolution. During the protests he was arrested and tortured by Egyptian authorities.

Currently his creative collaborators remain in prison and Essam himself in exile in Sweden. Essam launched the Balaha Case campaign in order to raise awareness and fight for the release of his friends and collaborators.

Sources:
https://www.dw.com/en/when-making-music-means-torture-and-exile/a-50469721
https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-01-10/egyptian-musicians-passport-was-revoked-his-political-songs-he-still-cant-wait-go
https://www.ramyessammusic.com/balaha

New Music Video With Required Reading

It is not every day that a music video comes with recommended reading material. Kanada Day is an artist from, you guessed it, Canada and he recently released ‘The Silent Weapons’.

This first song from his album ‘The Quiet War’ is a brilliant take on the media and its powers in today’s society.

Smashing red, propaganda like information infiltrates the black and white imagery giving this lyric video a highly entertaining backdrop.

“The make you think you thought it
They’ll make you feel esteem
They’ll make you think you want it
They’ll make you feel the need

They’ll make you think you own it
They’ll make you chase the deed
They’ll make you think you chose it
They’ll make you think….”