Policy, Research & Politics

In Brazil, Baile Funk Is Still Maligned Despite Its Success

Baile funk is one of the biggest Brazilian cultural phenomenons of today. However, despite the success, the millions in income it generates, and the various artists who share the top of the charts (like the now world-famous singer Anitta), it’s still a musical style that is severely criminalized and persecuted.

Remezcla

Can music unite a young nation?

A third of Latvia’s culture budget goes on music education and a new festival aims to galvanise national identity.

The Guardian

Thirteen seconds of chaos that forever changed rock history

In the shadow of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a rather unassuming sculpture that could be in the Hall itself.

Far Out Magazine

Bad Bunny arrête la musique indé­fi­ni­ment en soutien au peuple porto­ri­cain

Bad Bunny estime que le moment n’est pas propice à la musique, et qu’il est temps de provoquer un chan­ge­ment pour Porto Rico.

Ulyces

Here’s what’s missing in music education: Cultural and social relevance

Being culturally responsive means having students write and record the music they practice, not just playing it onstage at a holiday or end-of-year concert.

The Washington Post

The Blind Spot of Beyoncé’s Lion King Soundtrack

The singer’s musical accompaniment for the new CGI remake neglects to include any artists from the region that inspired the film—a curious lapse in narrative fidelity.

The Atlantic

In Puerto Rico, Protest Music Becomes Essential Part of a New Movement Against Corruption

In Puerto Rico, folk genres like bomba, sung and danced by enslaved Africans as a form of rebellion against slave-owners, and plena, a traditional musical styling impoverished jibaros sung to bring attention to their social ills, indicate that music has always been a part of the island’s centuries-long resistance movements.

Remezcla

Exiled Thais behind protest music fear for their lives in Laos after spate of disappearances

The musicians from the band Faiyen fled their homes in 2014, afraid of arrest after a military coup overthrew the elected government.

The Japan Times

Alternative music bands struggle for place in Egypt’s music scene

When alternative bands try to escape political exploitation, they face difficulties in accessing funding from some governmental institutions.

The Arab Weekly


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