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World music bands address their role in social change, cultural preservation and creativity

One of the many interesting features of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia is the daily press meets featuring groups of musicians and the media.

World Music Central

Her Majesty Requests

Music has always been great propaganda, but over the centuries Britain's royalty have turned it into an artform.


National Endowment for the Arts Names New Class of Jazz Masters

The multireedist and composer Anthony Braxton, the bassist and educator Richard Davis and the pianist and composer Keith Jarrett will be inducted as 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, the endowment said on Thursday.

The New York Times

UN Reviews Role of Culture in Development Agenda

On 12 June, at the United Nations in New York, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon, made some important statements about the role of culture in development.


Bono can't help Africans by stealing their voice

It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq.

The Guardian

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

In 1963, civil rights activists wanted to recruit more of the city's young people to the cause. The way to their hearts was often through DJs and music.


Vem Pra Rua: The Music Of Brazilian Protest

A Brazilian colleague once told me a wry joke: "We are forever the country of the future."


Syria war forces music festival from Lebanon's Roman ruins

Lebanon's annual Baalbek music festival has been forced to move from its usual venue among Roman ruins in the Bekaa Valley because of rocket fire and a spillover of fighting from Syria, organizers said on Thursday.


Montreux Jazz enters Unesco’s Memory of the World

The Montreux Jazz Festival's audiovisual collection, 5,000 recorded hours, will become part of Unesco's international Memory of the World Register, the documentary equivalent of its World Heritage sites, the MJF Foundation said it has just learned, late Wednesday 19 June.

Geneva Lunch

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