Promotional material describes this worthy CD:
Listen to the Banned is a unique collection of contemporary songs by artists who have been censored, persecuted, taken to court, imprisoned and even tortured for no other reason than their music.
Compiled by singer and composer Deeyah for the international organisation Freemuse, its purpose is to raise awareness of the lack of free expression experienced by many musicians and composers around the world – a freedom that many of us take for granted in a democratic and mainly uncensored society.
Singer, composer and filmmaker, Deeyah is a versatile artist and a passionate human rights activist. Born to Pakistani immigrant parents, Deeyah has released three critically acclaimed albums and worked with renowned musicians such as her teacher Ustad Fatah Ali Khan, Jan Garbarek (ECM: Ragas & Sagas) and Andy Summers. Having endured constant intimidation and physicals threats throughout her career, Deeyah stopped performing and now devotes the majority of her time promoting human rights and freedom of expression through a range of self-initiated projects.
Freemuse is an international organisation dedicated to protecting musicians and composers’ rights to freedom of expression.
- Mahsa Vahdat (Iran) – Mystery
- Farhad Darya (Afghanistan) – Arooss-e-Aftaw
- Lapiro De Mbanga (Cameroon) – Constitution Constipée
- Marcel Khalife (Lebanon) – Oh My Father, I Am Yusif
- Chiwoniso Maraire (Zimbabwe) – Rebel Woman
- Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast) – Quitte Le Pouvoir
- Abazar Hamid (Sudan) – Salam Darfur
- Kamilya Jubran (Israel/Palestine) – Al Shatte’ Al Akhar
- Kurash Sultan (Uigurien, China) – Atlan Dok
- Ferhat Tunc (Turkey) – Alisero
- Aziza Brahim (West Sahara) – Regreso
- Haroon Bacha (Pakistan) – Speena Kontara
- Fadal Dey (Ivory Coast) – Non Au Racisme
- Amal Murkus (Israel/Palestine) – Bhallelak