Policy, Research & Politics

Bringing politics into Japanese clubs

Things are kicking off everywhere, it seems — from Chile to Hong Kong, protesters, mostly young, have been taking to the streets to demonstrate against an array of injustices over the past few months.

The Japan Times

Moroccan rapper gets year in prison for critical video

Moroccan rapper Gnawi knew the police would come when he and two friends released an unusually outspoken video exposing their country’s problems with migration and drugs and expressing frustration with the king.

The Washington Post

How Taylor Swift Dragged Private Equity Into Her Fight Over Music Rights

A little over a week ago, a troubling alert appeared on the smartphone of an executive at the private equity giant the Carlyle Group: The firm had been invoked by Taylor Swift.

The New York Times

‘I am explaining the truth and they want to put me in jail’

Pablo Hasél (real name Pablo Rivadulla) is a rapper and a pro-communist who performs “forbidden songs” which Spanish authorities believe glorify terrorism. Freemuse spoke to Hasél ahead of the MUR Festival in Palma de Mallorca.

Freemuse

Turkmenistan stages first opera after 19-year ban

Older spectators leaving the theatre late on a cool Tuesday night voiced a nostalgia for the long-taboo art form while younger spectators enthused over the performance.

Yahoo News

À Hong Kong, les manifestations réveillent la scène underground

Depuis plusieurs mois que la population s'oppose au gouvernement, les artistes de l'île, notamment dans le secteur du hip-hop, ont eux aussi adopté des positions politiques dans leurs chansons.

Slate

Hope and desperation inspired Hong Kong’s ‘national anthem’, says incognito composer

City needed a protest song to unite it, says the anonymous writer behind the tune sweeping the barricades.

The Guardian

Following Tradition, Chilean Musicians Lead in Anti-Inequality Protests

On Monday, amid mounting conflicts between the Chilean people and military police, social justice-minded rapper Ana Tijoux dropped “#CACEROLAZO.” The song’s title name checks the Latin American protest tradition of banging pots and pans in the street.

Remezcla

Music and politics have never been mutually exclusive, and nor should they be

Music as a means of social commentary is nothing new, so why are people still surprised when a musician gets political?

Beat


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