Policy, Research & Politics

Tanzania: Vitali Maembe arrested over ‘controversial song’

Musician and activist Vitali Maembe was arrested in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, on 2 November over his latest song ‘Kaizari (Ceasar)’.

Music in Africa

Songs of Justice Songs of Power

Mr. Morello has spent over three decades melding music and political activism as a power guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, with the acoustic chords of the Nightwatchman and in protests around the country.

The New York Times

Spain scraps visa requirement for UK touring musicians

Music industry welcomes move by Spanish government as ‘hugely welcome’ and a ‘big victory’.

The Guardian

Omar Souleyman a été relâché par les autorités turques

Le chanteur syrien réfugié en Turquie depuis le début de la guerre dans son pays d’origine était interrogé, selon les médias turc, au sujet de ses liens supposés avec le Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK) et les Unités de protection du peuple (YPG) kurdes.

Les InRocks

1973 y la música popular aragonesa

El 13 de noviembre de 1973 y en uno de los momentos de mayor crudeza de la represión de la dictadura franquista, se produjo en el Teatro Principal de Zaragoza el Primer Encuentro de la Música Popular en Aragón.

El Periódico

How the music of Filipino youth continues to rock the regime

The first time I heard Pinoy rock, my heart ached. On a whim, I had looked up “Filipino Indie Rock” on Spotify late one night. Sitting cross-legged on the floor of my office, I crouched over my phone and scrolled through a list of Pinoy bands until I stopped at Up Dharma Down and its song “Oo,” from its 2006 album, “Fragmented.”

Los Angeles Times

Racism in the music industry 'is upfront and personal'

"Prejudice is here," says Roger Wilson of the Black Lives in Music initiative. "There's nothing stealthy about it."
The report finds that six in 10 black music creators have experienced racism, while 86% say they have faced barriers to their career because of their race.

BBC

‘Our music charts are still kind of segregated’

The New Yorker writer’s book Major Labels examines why we tag music with a genre, be it for commerce or community. He explains why people still argue over great songs – and why they can thrive on cultural appropriation.

The Guardian

Concert Halls Are Back. But Visa Backlogs Are Keeping Musicians Out

Visa delays are causing tumult in the classical music industry, leading to a wave of cancellations just as live performances are finally returning.

The New York Times


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