Policy, Research & Politics

Budapest declaration: performers demand their proportionate share of revenues

Online music services have transformed the music industry, but performing artists are not getting their proportionate share from revenues.


A song title from the '70s is still a rallying cry for protesters across the world

American jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron wrote his proto-rap song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" in 1970.


Sénégal: Hip Hop - Des acteurs reçus par le ministre de la Culture et de la Communication

Une rencontre qui, selon un communiqué reçu à la rédaction, a été une occasion de discuter pour tenter de trouver des solutions aux différents problèmes que traverse le secteur des cultures urbaines.

All Africa

Open Letter to Bob Geldof and Tribe

Africans are concerned that you are again taking their power away. Most of them don't have the network and power you have in mobilising millions of people; they possibly do not have the marketing capacity and power of persuasion to call world leaders in a close of an eye. Africans do not want to fight with you!

Huffington Post

Who’s killing Los Angeles’ mariachis?

Once, according to old timers on the city's Latino Eastside, there were as many mariachis in Los Angeles as Mexican taco stands.


Culture Shock: Jah Shaka and the power of music to bring change

When Jah Shaka speaks it's hard not to take him seriously. There's the gentle levity of his Jamaican patois, and his bottomless brown eyes, like those of a prophet. It doesn't hurt that he's got the flow to match the eminent presence.

The Irish Times

Traditions from Kenya, Uganda and Venezuela inscribed for Urgent Safeguarding

The Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Paris until 28 November, inscribed these traditions due to their vulnerability and threats to their survival.


Egypt: the "Singer of the Revolution" leaves the country

"Ever since my song "Irhal" became known as one of the most important songs of the Egyptian uprising, there has been a myth about the way the song was written and how I emerged as a "singer of the Revolution".

Al Jazeera

South Korea: TV network bans pop song for using Japanese

Crayon Pop, the popular South Korean idol group, was banned from broadcasting its latest track on one of South Korea's biggest networks.


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