Concert Program



When  Saturday March 3rd 19:30
Where  Nasjonalbilblioteket, | Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo, Norway
Free entrance
– SafeMUSE artist with residence in Glasgow


Farzane Zamen is an Iranian musician, producer, songwriter and singer. She has released more than 15 songs in Farsi and several records in English. Under Islamic law, as it is applied in Iran, women are not allowed to sing in public, resulting in Farzane having no opportunities to perform or publish her music legitimately in her home country, consequently, she works as an underground musician. Farzane composes and arranges all of her songs—most of which are available through the online music service,, with a total of 710,000 plays to date.


In November‐December 2015, Farzane successfully completed a one‐month residency in Norway and Sweden (arranged by the Oslo‐based SafeMUSE). Farzane performed her first public live performances with fellow musicians in Bergen and Kongsberg, Norway and Malmö, Sweden. During this residency, she also recorded the song "Pedar" (Father) in a one‐day session in Oslo, Norway.

In 2016, Farzane Zamen was awarded a prestigious Artist Protection Fund (AFP) Fellowship and is currently on her six‐month APF Fellowship residency in the UK at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA‐Glasgow). Farzane’s APF Fellowship at CCA‐Glasgow, also includes participating cooperation with Glasgow‐based organizations—Glad Café, The Green Door Studio and Paragon Music; and SafeMUSE, Norway.

– Vietnamese artist and activist


“She's been called the Lady Gaga of Vietnam, but Mai Khoi arguably has less in common with Gaga than the Russian activist group, Pussy Riot.” — ABC News

Mai Khoi is a Vietnamese pop star, singer and musician. She has been playing music since she was 12 when she was the pianist in a wedding band with her father, a music teacher, in the coastal city of Nha Trang. Drawing on a wide variety of influences, from traditional Vietnamese folk to blues, soul and rock, Mai Khoi seamlessly blends disparate styles and rhythms. Her music is also distinct in terms of its emotional range, her wide vocal register as well as the distinct tonal qualities of her voice. 

In 2010, Mai Khoi won Vietnam Television Song and Album of the Year Award, the highest award for song writing in the country. After winning the award, she shaved half of her hair off and inscribed the letters 'VN' for 'Vietnam', the name of the song that won the competition, on one side of her head. For this she was harshly criticised by the country's conservative media establishment. No stranger to controversy, Mai Khoi is somewhat of an anomaly for a celebrity in a Communist country like Vietnam for having spoken out about sexuality, LGBT rights and violence against women.

Mai Khoi broke international headlines in 2016 after she became the first Vietnamese celebrity in history to nominate herself for the National Assembly (equivalent to congress) on a pro-democracy platform.

March 3rd Mai Khoi releases the album Dissent. Mai Khoi says: “This album was recorded live between 2016 and 2017 during secret performances at Phusa Lab. The resulting work bears the euphoria, courage, failures and threats which characterized this time. As such, it forms the soundtrack to an awakening, replete with heroes, villains, reversals and uneasy resolutions. And it is this awakening, now, that we continue to awaken from.”


The event will include a talks with artist Mai Khoi, manager of SafeMUSE, Jan Lothe Eriksen, executive director of Freemuse, Srirak Plipat and a live streamed interview with artist Farzane Zamen by the president of the European Music Council Ian Smith from The Glad Cafe, Glasgow.

Kirkelig kulturverksted/By:Larm marks Music Freedom Day with a Concert with Tania Saleh & DJ Lisa Nordström at Kulturkirken Jacob at 15.00 >>

Presented by SafeMUSE

March 3rd Farzane Zamen releases her first physical edition of her music. She explains the EP Z Bent in the liner notes: “This is an expression of my experience of years and years of discrimination against women, the humiliation, the abuse, the violence. All these women hidden under the darkness of holy black clothes are human beings but used as symbols of religious ideology. We want to be free. We keep repeating: Freedom, Freedom, Such a luxury word!”