Nobel Peace Center

Photo: Erik M Sundt, Jørgen Nordby, Julien Bourgeois

Forbidden songs

02 November 2016 17.00

Music inspires and engages. Music expresses feelings, ideas and traditions. Music is and always has been a strong tool in the struggle for peace and freedom. Freedom of speech is the right to create and perform music. But what happens when the music comes into conflict with power? When music becomes dangerous and even forbidden? That is the theme of the seminar Forbidden Songs held in cooperation with the Oslo World Music Festival.

Program:
17.00-17.10: Introduction of the seminar.
17.10-18.10: Emel Mathlouthi, Moddi, Stephen Budd, Deeyah Kahn in conversation with Ole Reitov (director of Freemuse) 18.10-18.15: Moddiplays a capella (with guitar)
18.15-18.45: Mashrou´Leila in conversation with Ole Reitov
18.45-19.00: All on stage – Q&A from the audience

The panel consists of artists who have experienced that their music has been banned. They all have powerful stories to tell.

Moderator is Ole Reitov, director of Freemuse

Moddi– Artist and activist. Recently released the album Unsongs. A remarkable collection of songs that have been banned, censored or silenced.

Mashrou ́ Leila– Indiepop band. Mashrou ́ Leila is probably the biggest band from the arabic world right now.

Emel Mathlouthi – Tusisian artist and activist, known for her protestsongs which became anthems for the Tunisian Revolution.

Deeyah Khan – Filmmaker and activist. Deeyah Khan is a critically acclaimed music producer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director and founder of media company Fuuse.

Stephen Budd – Music industry executive. Budd is british manager, rock festival owner and Co-Chairman of the Music Managers Forum.

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