Music freedom day : In celebration and protection of women’s voices

Racines celebrated for the second time Music Freedom Day in Morocco, on the 3rd of March 2017 at Le Bistrot du Pietri, Rabat, by organizing a debate followed by a concert. 

The theme of the debate was: "Female artists and freedom of artistic expression and creation" with the participation of Naima Oulmakki (Public relations - Théâtre Aquarium), Noor (dancer), Dounia Benslimane (Racines), and the facilitation of Sara Soujar (gender activist). 

In several countries including Morocco, women performers can be socially, culturally and economically marginalized. Globally, women artists face especially difficult conditions and are often subject to industry discrimination, sexual objectification and significantly less bookings than male artists. 

Initiated by Freemuse in 2006, Music Freedom Day (MFD) is a powerful, united manifestation to support persecuted, prosecuted and imprisoned musicians, many of whose only crime has been that they have spoken up against authorities and insisted on the right to express themselves through their music. Worldwide, musicians’ and composers’ rights to freedom of expression are violated, but the strong support for Music Freedom Day every year demonstrates the will to continue the advocacy and defense for the universal rights to compose, perform andparticipate in musical activities.

In 2017, Music Freedom Day events took place not only in Morocco but also in Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar, UAE, USA, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain and more.




MFD#2 Report