Policy, Research & Politics

Songs of freedom: The soundtracks of political change in Sudan

The uprising in Sudan has been vocal – and musical. 'Tasqut bas!' – just fall, that’s all – was a commonly used slogan by Sudanese as they revolted against military dictator Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule. The uprising, which began in December 2018, intensified over the following weeks, forcing Al-Bashir to step down on 11 April 2019.

Music in Africa

In Beirut, clubbing is its own kind of democracy

Beirut is a city long synonymous with the idea of progressiveness in the Middle East. But 30 years on from a devastating civil war that lasted fifteen years, maintaining that reputation is still a constant battle, and the city's nightlife scene is on the frontline.

I-D

Pop Music Lyrics Are More Violent Than Those in Hip-Hop

New research finds that contemporary songs in both genres are the most likely to contain violent imagery.

Pacific Standard

Space for the wrong

On a recent evening in Berlin, the pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski performed his virtuosic variations on a Chilean protest song, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”

VAN

Yo-Yo Ma a donné un concert à la frontière entre le Mexique et les Etats-Unis

Le samedi 13 avril 2019 le violoncelliste Yo-Yo Ma s’est produit en concert à la frontière entre le Mexique et les Etats-Unis pour célébrer l’unité entre les peuples et inviter à « construire des ponts plutôt que des murs ».

France Musique

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. The "Day of Action" featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities.

NPR

Strengthen your creative sectors! UNESCO and the European Union launch an international call for expertise

Within the framework of the EU-funded “EU/UNESCO Expert Facility on the Governance of Culture in developing countries”, an international call for applications is launched among governments seeking to strengthen the regulatory frameworks for their cultural and creative industries through expertise and peer-to-peer learning support.

UNESCO

Sudanese jazz musician are driving the country's 'revolution'

Islam Elbeiti is young and restless. The 24-year-old jazz bass player is part of the youth bulge in Sudan.

PRI

Apple Is the Real Winner in Spotify’s Battle Against Songwriters’ Rate Hike

Streaming giant Spotify, after years of attempting to woo the songwriting community, is now at the front of an effort to pay it less.

Variety


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