Policy, Research & Politics

Afghanistan: Kandahar authorities ban broadcast of songs by women

Local Ministry of Information and Culture authorities in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan have banned women’s songs from being broadcast across local media, directly affecting the 11 radio stations in operation in the area, reported Afghanistan’s TOLONews on 23 May 2016.


Sharing Music Across the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Metal Fence

The fandango at the border did not start out as an overtly political act. But through the years, as the national debate over immigration has become ever more divisive and as violence in Mexico has continued, the event’s symbolism has deepened and grown more bittersweet.

The New York Times

South Africa: Government Congratulates SABC On Decision to Play 90 Percent Local Music

The decision is part of the public broadcaster's bid to prioritise home-grown content. It is an effort to ensure that local content reflecting the diversity of South African cultures is prioritised.

All Africa

Open Letter From Songwriters: Dear American Music Publishing Community, Let's Talk

We are an international alliance of songwriter and composer organizations representing tens of thousands of music creators throughout the world, many of whom have created musical works in which you claim rights.


Syrian experts unite at UNESCO to preserve Syrian traditional music

Syria’s rich cultural and religious blend has been historically the source of a wide variety of musical traditions in the country.


A Muslim woman won Eurovision with a warning

The war-torn country of Ukraine was represented by Jamala, a Crimean Tatar Muslim woman. Her winning song “1944” respected Eurovision rules by not being overtly political.


The European Union Youth Orchestra cannot be strangled by European bureaucracy

The EUYO has announced its closure. Chief Executive Marshall Marcus explains why a 40-year-old institution that represents the best of pan-European creativity has been silenced.

The Guardian

Angélique Kidjo honoured with Amnesty International top human rights award

The Grammy-winning musician shares the prize with three African youth activist movements, who show ‘exceptional courage’ standing up to injustice.

The Guardian

The Art Provocateur Fela Kuti Who Used Sex and Politics to Confront

Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti would have been 78 this year. It is well within the realm of possibility that he would still be alive if not for the maltreatment meted out by the Nigerian state and the lack of standard antiretroviral therapy.

All Africa

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