Global Podd 105. Freedom to speak, freedom to dance!

From the recording.Mstaafrika in the studio

Music that challenges the power – music that makes people dance, not only with their feet, but also with their minds. This is what Pilato from Zambia and GP/Mstaafrika from Tanzania creates. Listen to them and their new song in episode 105 of Global Podd. 

Freedom of expression has been under constant attack in Tanzania and Zambia. Laws and policies have been used to throttle these rights and freedoms. One group that takes the fight against authoritarian leaders are musicians. But what is the role that music can play in changing the society? And are there any limits in what you can sing about?

“If I stop producing art, then I stop being me”, says Pilato from Zambia.

In the second episode of the podcast serie Expanding the Space – The fight for freedom of expression in Tanzania and Zambia, we discuss the role of music and why authoritarian regimes are so afraid of good music. The episode also debutes the new song – “Freedom of expression, Tanzania and Zambia connects”. A song which came out of a project funded by the Swedish Institute’s Creative Force program.


  • Pilato, musician from Zambia
  • GP/Mstaafrika, musician from Tanzania

Host: David Isaksson, editor of Global Bar Magazine

Expanding the Space is a collaboration between Tanzania, Zambia and Sweden to fight for the right to freedom of expression on the internet. Three organizations; Kuza Steam Generation, Bloggers of Zambia and Global Reporting have started a cross-border network of organizations, institutions, activists, media representatives and lawyers to support the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Activities are being implemented in the three countries. The activities are focused on defending, popularizing and even building capacity on the right to free expression in Zambia and Tanzania.

Here is a video from the recording of the song

Listen to more from Pilato

Listen to more from Mstaafrika



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