Third video in our well received video series on artistic freedom is out - a warm and emotional meeting between Hamid Sakhizada - Hazara-musician now in Safe Music Haven Harstad, and Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen - winner of NRK's Stjernekamp and Sami activist.
Afghan musician Hamid Sakhizada was forced to leave his country to play his own traditional music.
A December day in Oslo he met Sami artist Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, to talk about music, tradition and the cost of fighting for their cultural heritage.
SAFE, Stories About Arresting Music is focusing on artistic freedom as a basic human right, but a right that is not afforded to all of us. In Norway, most artists can enjoy this right and this freedom, but in countless other places artists are censored, imprisoned, threatened and even killed.
Since 3 November we have presented a monthly series of minidocumentaries that portraits the meeting between established Norwegian artists and threatened artists. We mark the end of the series with the celebration of Music Freedom Day, March 3rd 2019 at Kulturhuset in Oslo.
We have the freedom to lift up these stories. That is reason enough to do it.
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SAFE is funded by Fritt Ord, Bergesenstiftelsen, CREO, NOPA (Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists) and the Norwegian Society of Composers.