Policy, Research & Politics

Bobi Wine, Uganda’s ‘ghetto president’, upstages the real head of state

Robert Kyagulanyi cannot remember the day that Yoweri Museveni was first inaugurated as president of Uganda. It was 33 years ago, and he was just three.

Mail & Guardian

Censorship at Donaueschingen?

Can contemporary classical music serve as a useful framework for negotiating one of the most contentious political issues of our generation?


Don't Get It Twisted: 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Can Be Anyone's Protest Song

Back in April, teachers in Oklahoma went on strike, demanding increases to salaries and school funding. Their message was amplified by a song — one that, 34 years earlier, had been the sound of student rebellion.


Female composers largely ignored by concert line-ups

Women in Music project finds that in 1,445 classical concerts across globe only 76 include a work by a woman.

The Guardian

Journée du droit d'auteur africain

Les industries créatives en ébullition.

France 24

How Do the Arts Promote Social Change?

During the 19th century, American philanthropists sought to use music as a way to alter the course of the nation’s history.


Revolutionary Music and the Social Fabric of Rebellion

Karaoke is a favourite pastime amongst young people in the country’s war-torn Kachin State. The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) – one of Asia’s oldest and strongest rebel movements – has tapped into the popularity of karaoke for mobilising against the ethnocratic state of Myanmar.

Oxford University Press

Nigeria: Radio station fined for playing “vulgar and indecent music”

A Nigerian radio station has been fined by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for playing music with “vulgar and indecent” lyrics in July and August.


Ain’t I A Woman Too

The classical and contemporary music worlds have recently replaced the buzzword “collaboration” with “diversity,” and that push for broader inclusion has largely centered on women.

New Music Box

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