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Taliban close women-run station for playing music

A women-run radio station in Afghanistan’s northeast has been shut down for playing music during the holy month of Ramadan, a Taliban official said Saturday.

Pakistan Observer

Beijing's comedy crackdown is hitting its music scene

A joke by a Chinese stand-up comedian seen to be ridiculing the military has prompted a crackdown on the country's booming comedy scene. But it hasn't stopped there. Music performances are now being targeted, hitting the country's live entertainment sector just as it recovers from years of Covid restrictions.


Trans moshpits, non-binary emo and the power of music for queer lives

From the contemporary Christian scene to rap battles, Sounds Gay explores what music means to LGBTQ+ people.

The Guardian

Is Musicology Racist?

Among the many efforts to decenter whiteness in academia and other left-leaning institutions is one to take on the presumed racist tendencies embodied in musicology.

The New York Times

Tout comprendre à ces « nouveaux » morceaux des Beatles générés par l’intelligence artificielle

Pour l’industrie musicale, les implications sont énormes. La technologie permettant aux gens de facilement transformer leur voix en celle de leur chanteur favori ne se fera probablement pas attendre très longtemps.

20 Minutes

Hablemos de salud mental en la industria musical

Entre las principales conclusiones del encuentro se estableció lo importante que es reconocer este tema sin tabú en los diferentes sectores artísticos y culturales, y lo valioso que resulta el transitar por las emociones para crear música con la que el público se sienta identificado y que pueda funcionar como una herramienta en diferentes procesos personales.


The Effects AI Could Have On Black Women In The Music Industry

Systemically, the music industry has always been tough to navigate for artists. What starts as a dream for many artists, can quickly turns into a regretful situation due to 360 deals, payola, masters rights, and more.


Streaming takedown of Palestinian artist’s song sparks criticism

What’s the story? A track called ‘Ana Dammi Falastini’ (translation: ‘My Blood is Palestinian’) by Palestinian artist Mohammad Assaf has been removed from several streaming services. The Palestine Chronicle reported that it had been taken down from Spotify and Apple Music, while Doha News also pointed to Deezer.


National anthems: how composers in South Africa and India are reimagining them

Philip Miller and Amit Chaudhuri have reworked national anthems to reflect the impact of history on official music.

Daily Maverick

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