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Policy, Research & Politics

Update on European Forum on Music

Bern, 19 - 22 June 2014. Music & Politics: A shared responsibility. Confirmed keynote speaker on Friday 20 June is Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia and composer.

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This year's Eurovision Song Contest has become a political and social minefield

The Eurovision Song Contest has a reputation for being a kind of kitschy, family entertainment. This year something has changed.


Maroc: Rap et politique convergent à Rabat

Un récent colloque organisé à Rabat s'est intéressé aux interactions croissantes entre la politique et la musique rap.

All Africa

Rwanda: Kizito Mihigo urges artistes to promote peace through music

"Music is listened to by very many people and through music we can unite our society especially during the commemoration period "Rwandans need inspirational songs that will help rebuild the country," Mihingo says.

In2 East Africa

South Africa: I don't see a racial divide - Toya Delazy

The South African singer says that the gap in education is the country's most pressing problem. She talks to The Africa Report about looking for new musical talent and the role of women and youth.

The Africa Report

Class, Race, and Classical Music: the Debate

An essential discussion for classical music and its institutions.

The Guardian

Musicians hit out at ban on guitars in British prisons

The banning of steel-string guitars in British prisons has come under fire from a group of prominent musicians, including Billy Bragg, Johnny Marr, Dave Gilmour and Richard Hawley.

The Guardian

An Argument With Instruments: On Charles Mingus

How a jazz artist's relationship to black identity gave his music its stormy weather.

The Nation

Dizzy Gillespie For President: When Politics Was a Groovier Thing

Gillespie was smart. He was funny. He played with Charlie Parker and influenced Miles Davis. Fifty years ago, he also ran for president.

Al Jazeera

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