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Tunisian B-Boys’ Biggest Battle: Keeping Youths From Extremism

"It is important the youth are acculturated, and then they can go towards the Salafis, and that is O.K. If you don't have that, you become a kid with nothing, and alienated in society."

The New York Times

Syria: Music banned in northern province

In a statement, the organisation The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has "banned music and songs in cars, at parties, in shops and in public, as well as photographs of people in shop windows," warning that "whoever violates these rules will subject themselves to the necessary Sharia punishment."


Angola: Culture Minister Wants Youth to Invest in Semba Music Style

The minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, reaffirmed on Sunday in Luanda the need for young Angolan musicians to invest strongly and seriously in the preservation of the music style of Semba, characteristic of the country as a way to keep it in the spotlight.

Angola Press

The European Parliament adopts new regulation facilitating transport of musical instruments in cabins

On the 5 February 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing community regulation 2027/97, certain provisions of which aim to facilitate the transport of musical instruments on board planes as hand luggage.



Pete Seeger fostered change through the power of song

America's tuning fork. That is what writer and poet Carl Sandburg called Pete Seeger, the gangly banjo-strumming folk singer who provided the music that told a nation's story and invoked a people's conscience.

The Californian - PRI

Role of Music in Kenya's Liberation

Conceptually, the project is a tribute to the role of musicians in fostering change in Kenya and debunking the notion that only politicians have driven that process.


UN Special Rapporteur requested to discuss Tibet with Chinese government

Freemuse has requested the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Ms Farida Shaheed, to discuss the imprisonment of nine Tibetan singers with Chinese government.


Persian instruments on TV!

Last Saturday, Iranian people were taken by surprise in a strange way. For many of them it was the first time they had seen such instruments on national television.

News and Noise

A history of music censorship

This week marks the 30th anniversary of BBC banning radio play of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax'.

The Indipendent

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