Policy, Research & Politics

How the forgotten music of the civil rights movement was hiding in plain sight

A treasure trove of long-forgotten civil rights era protest music could have been lost forever if one man hadn't thought to start flipping over old records to see what was on the other side.


Pakistan: DJs and singers silenced with new loudspeaker regulation

In the Punjab province in Pakistan, DJs, singers and show organisers are threatening to launch province-wide protest if Police continues to register cases against them while seizing their music equipment and loudspeaker systems because of a new legislation, the 'Punjab Sound System Regulation Ordinance 2015'.


‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ a Documentary, Revives Cambodia’s Silenced Sounds

For proof of the universality of rock 'n' roll, look no further than Cambodia in the 1960s and '70s.

The New York Times

France: Prime minister intervenes to stop ban of posters for musical trio

The French Prime Minister stepped in to have a ban lifted on an advert for a musical trio called 'The Priests'.


Burkina Faso: La musique pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la politique

Au Burkina Faso, le rappeur Smockey est de retour sur la scène musicale après l'insurrection populaire avec un triple album dénommé Pré-volution.

All Africa

Opera plays on through east Ukraine chaos

The fighting in east Ukraine may have driven away soloists and drained the coffers, but it's still curtain up at the Donbass Opera theatre, thanks to its staff's heroic efforts.


Mexican city bans 'narcocorridos'

Joining Eminem, Metallica, Madonna and the Sex Pistols, some musicians in northern Mexico have had their music banned from the capital of northern Chihuahua state because of their songs' provocative lyrics.

Fox News

Egypt: Singer banned ‘temporarily’ from performing his songs

Singer Hamza Namera is being investigated by the Musicians Union which as issued a 'temporary' resolution to ban him from singing.


25 March 1821: Greeks Sing their Revolution

"Pikra to lene ta poulia" (Birds sing a bitter song) is a free rythm table song, not danceable, based on the historical facts of the Greek War of Indepedence of 1821.

Europeana Sounds

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