Policy, Research & Politics

Placing her politics over her music, star Denise Ho defies China

Denise Ho has been pulled from concerts, her records are banned in China and she has been smeared as “poison,” but the Cantopop star says standing with the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement outshines all the damage to her career.

The Japan Times

White Supremacy Tried to Kill Jazz. The Music Triumphed.

Musical innovations from musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie (pictured in 1955) like "be-bop" in the 1940s were driven by material forces, including the aim to develop musical forms that would be difficult for pale imitators to emulate, says historian Gerald Horne.


Queen empêche Donald Trump d’utiliser sa musique à des fins politiques

Une fois de plus, Queen a riposté contre Donald Trump, en retirant une vidéo que le président a posté avec la chanson We Will Rock You.

Metal Zone

When making music means torture and exile

Musical freedom of expression is under fire, but artists like Iran's Farzane Zamen and Egypt's Ramy Essam refuse to be silenced. They're sharing their stories of bans, censorship and prison at the World Forum on Music.


Music is a vital urban resource. How do we plan for it?

We take for granted what we use every day. Take clean water. For those lucky enough, we turn on the tap, and water comes out.

World Economic Forum

Let’s change the ‘girls play flute, boys bash drums’ stereotypes

In 2019, surely we are past the days in music class where boys are shunted to drums and trombone while girls are pushed toward flute and choir? Not necessarily so.

The Conversation

Crossing the border to the beat of music

For young North Koreans, K-pop provides an awakening - and an inspiration to defect.

Gulf News

"Je ne peux pas me taire": quand le rap turc vire au politique

Dans une Turquie où les voix dissidentes peinent de plus en plus à se faire entendre, un clip de rap de 15 minutes au ton militant fait sensation sur les réseaux sociaux.


Punk in Africa: The sound of resistance

Punk music has never really had an easy time, but never has that statement been truer than in South Africa during apartheid. Not only were records by alternative artists not played, they were destroyed and legislated.


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