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Libya: Photos of instrument-burning distributed online

23 February 2015

An information office of The Islamic State, Isis, in Libya has published photos of its militants burning musical instruments they said were confiscated in line with the radical group’s interpretation of Sharia law. Instrumental music is banned according to the extreme form of Salafi Islam practiced by Islamic State. » …

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Libya: Musicians for the first time on national radio

11 October 2011

Three weeks earlier, guitarist Fuad Ramadan could have been arrested for performing most of his songs in public. Now he is for the first time invited to perform live on national radio, reported the American public service radio NPR Musicians and other Libyans who once dared not express themselves are finding …

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Libya: Anonymity a growing trend among revolutionary singers

10 August 2011

Since the 17 February revolution began in Benghazi, new songs by unknown, young singers are being uploaded and distributed almost daily via the Internet. The singers of ‘The Arab Spring’ disregard all copyright-concern and the possibility of establishing a name for themselves from their music-making. In an article about ‘Libya’s …

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Libya: Imprisoned Berber musician on hunger strike

4 February 2011

Abdullah Ashini, a popular Amazigh singer in Libya, is reported to have started an indifinite hunger strike in his prison cell. In December 2010, he was convicted and given a five-year prison sentence on charges for ‘illegal migration’. The popular Berber singer from the village of Zuara has since the …

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1970-1989 Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

1978 til 2011. Libya. Various artists The 1970s saw two urban trends emerge in Libya, as well as the emergence of the country’s first modern female signers. All this diversity pretty much ended in the late 1970s. Gaddafi’s aggressive ideological dictates began to infiltrate all cultural production in Libya. The …

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