A timely reminder from the Daily Aztec that March 3 is "Music Freedom Day" - an occasion to "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World":
To most people in the United States, censorship in music brings to mind cases like the Dixie Chicks. Sure, musicians might see their album pulled from stores or some lyrics rewritten, but how bad can it really be? In reality, censorship takes many forms: A musician in Algeria is assassinated...
On March 3, the World Forum On Music and Censorship, also known as Freemuse, will hold its second annual Music Freedom Day. In addition to events promoting awareness of censorship for the world media, Music Freedom Day 2008 will actually feature music, surprisingly enough.
As an advocate for freedom of expression, Freemuse focuses specifically on the human rights of musicians and composers worldwide. More information about Freemuse and Music Freedom Day can be found at www.freemuse.org.
The Algerian musician referred to in the story is Cheb Hasni - but also don't miss the story of Souad Massi (above). And then don't forget all the frustrated underground musicians in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and beyond.