Policy, Research & Politics

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.


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?


'It's possible to live together in peace': the Turkish rap epic taking on the government

Amid conflict in Syria, stifled free speech and oppressive machismo, rappers in Turkey are speaking out to hold their country – and themselves – to account.

The Guardian

Thurston Moore : la musique face aux discours politiques

Thurston Moore, ex-leader du groupe culte Sonic Youth, étonne encore avec Spirit Counsel, album de rock expérimental et instrumental, qu’il voit comme un contrepoint aux discours « pour diviser les gens » de « Donald Trump, Boris Johnson ou Marine Le Pen ».

La Presse

The Banjo and the Ballot Box

How country music has been used on the campaign trail—and in political office.

American Scholar

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

The report addresses the importance of public spaces for the exercise of cultural rights and the challenges which must be addressed so that everyone can access and enjoy such spaces. It reviews existing frameworks and proposes a more holistic human rights-based approach for policymaking.


Placing her politics over her music, star Denise Ho defies China

Denise Ho has been pulled from concerts, her records are banned in China and she has been smeared as “poison,” but the Cantopop star says standing with the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement outshines all the damage to her career.

The Japan Times

White Supremacy Tried to Kill Jazz. The Music Triumphed.

Musical innovations from musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie (pictured in 1955) like "be-bop" in the 1940s were driven by material forces, including the aim to develop musical forms that would be difficult for pale imitators to emulate, says historian Gerald Horne.


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