Originally a strong supporter of President Robert Mugabe’s land reforms in Zimbabwe,
Chiwoniso Maraire started openly criticizing the lack of competence, the increasing
corruption and lack of free speech.
Abazar Hamid has had many of his songs censored by authorities in Sudan. In 2005 he
quit his job as an architect to devote himself full time to the more controversial goal of
using music to transform a country so often at war with itself.
Haroon Bacha is a popular Pashtun singer from Peshawar, Pakistan. Because of his music’s
messages of pluralism and peace, he became a prime target of the campaign against
music by religious extremists.
Amal Murkus is a Palestinian singer born and living in Israel. While her music has been
rejected by every major Israeli record company, it has set new standards in expressions
with cross-Mediterranean influences.