Policy, Research & Politics

Louis Armstrong and the spy: how the CIA used him as a ‘trojan horse’ in Congo

It was a memorable evening: Louis Armstrong, his wife and a diplomat from the US embassy were out for dinner in a restaurant in what was still Léopoldville, capital of the newly independent Congo.

The Guardian

Ghana’s politics has strong ties with performing arts. This is how it started

Towards the end of the Kwame Nkrumah era in 1966, a number of highlife artists wrote songs critical of him as Ghana’s president. But during the period leading up to independence in 1957 and the early years of independence, most Ghanaian popular artists and entertainers wholeheartedly backed Nkrumah and his Convention People’s Party.

The Conversation

The Passion of Serj Tankian

System of a Down’s front man on 25 years of finding truth in political tension, even if it means within his own band.

Vulture

L’Institut national de musique d’Afghanistan réduit au silence depuis l’arrivée au pouvoir des talibans

Depuis le retour au pouvoir des talibans, l'Institut national de musique d’Afghanistan, établissement emblématique de la vie culturelle du pays, est fermé. Les élèves sont reclus chez eux, et les instruments se taisent, par peur des représailles. Son responsable conserve espoir depuis l'Australie.

France Culture

Desde el country al punk, esta fue la huella de los ataques terroristas del 11S en la música

Si pensamos en los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001 en Estados Unidos, conocidos también como 11S, quizás la música no sea uno de los factores que se te vengan a la mente.

CNN

Tencent shares slide after Beijing crackdown on music rights

Shares in Tencent have fallen after China ordered the technology giant to end exclusive music licensing deals with record labels around the world.

BBC

International songwriter groups join together to oppose the freezing of US mechanical royalty rates

The groups express strenuous objection to the proposed adoption by the CRB of private agreements negotiated by the three major record labels/music publishing conglomerates that would once again freeze mechanical royalty rates for physical product, downloads, bundles and ring tones for another five years (more than twenty years and counting in the aggregate). 

Fair Trade Music International

Umm Kulthum: ‘Enta Omri’, a song to advance Nasser’s brand of nationalism

Recorded in 1964, Egyptian Umm Kalthoum’s most popular hit is more than just a beautiful love song; it’s also the brainchild of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the president of Egypt, who used the song to boost his influence in the Arab world.

The Africa Report

Freelance musicians found new passions during the pandemic. Some aren't going back

America’s classical music organizations fell silent for a year, but many are in decent financial shape thanks to individual donors, foundations, administrative furloughs, salary cuts for musicians and federal funding like the Payment Protection Program.

Post-Gazette


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