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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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Video Of The Day: Asylum Seeker By Gordon Koang

Gordon Koang is a South Sudanese musician who recently dropped a new song titled Asylum Seeker. According to the artist’s YouTube page the song is “a love song and a message of hope and support, praising their [asylum seekers and refugees] courage and asking them to have patience in the long wait for permanent residency status in Australia.”

Gordon himself has had to go through the terrible process of seeking refuge in a strange place and along with his cousin, Paul Biel who also accompanies him in music, he was granted residency in Australia after a 5 year wait.

‘Stand Up / Asylum Seeker’ 12″ out now on Music in Exile and also in the USA via Light in the Attic. http://musicinexile.com.au hi@musicinexile.com.au

Video shot and edited by Dan Kotsimbos in Melbourne, Australia.

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Palestinian Protest Musician Jowan Safadi Releases ‘Super White Man’ (Video)

Roughly 1 year ago we covered the fundraising efforts of Palestinian protest musician Jowan Safadi. At the time he had 2 new albums in the works and now he contacted Shouts HQ’s to let us know of the success of the albums. Now he has released a new single titled ‘Super White Man’ (الرجل الأبيض الخارق) that comes in a beautiful animated video package.

A veteran of the protest music scene, Safadi has been writing music for the past 20 years about his experience as an artist and human being living in Palestine territories.

See also: “Palestinian Protest Musician Raising Funds For 2 New Albums”

Safadi wrote us a message about how his songs had traveled across the Arab world and its protests:

“…first of all allow me to thank you for the support with the album crowdfunding, a year ago. It came out and had a decent success. Songs featured there were played in the Lebanon revolution and protests around the Arab world.”

In ‘Super White Man’ Safadi addresses the powers that oppress and inflict perpetual pain onto people. Safadi himself has been arrested, tortured and oppressed by Israel, Jordan and other authorities and in the song he paint as picture of his experience in order to raise awareness of the issue.

“They told me everything about the holocaust
but no one told why I should pay the cost
They played wars and told me that I lost
and all the losers were forced to flee
Oh, super white man
Salamo alikom (peace upon you)
How does it feel
to solve your problem
and create one for me
and when… will I be free?”

– from Super White Man by Jowan Safadi (2019)

Cover photo credits: Jowan Safadi Facebook