Policy, Research & Politics

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.


Musical Instruments To Be Exempt From Restrictions On Heavily Trafficked Rosewood

An international endangered species convention meeting in Geneva is close to exempting musical instruments from trade restrictions on rosewood.


Nepal’s only folk musical instrument museum is struggling to save rare instruments

Despite the cultural significance of the museum's collection, it is currently embroiled in a legal battle to keep its doors open to the public.

Global Voices

Notice Me!: How Fandom Endangers Female Musicians

Be grateful. Don't be a diva. Appreciate the attention. These are sentiments female musicians often hear. The logic goes: Your fans gave you your fame, so you should give them your love.


DJ Arafat : au-delà des clivages politiques ivoiriens

La popularité de l'artiste, mort brutalement le 12 août, dépassait les clivages politiques et le « roi du coupé-décalé » entretenait de bons rapports avec toute la classe politique ivoirienne. Son amitié avec le ministre Hamed Bakayoko, elle, fut d'un autre ordre.

Jeune Afrique

YouTube Tweaks Copyright Policy

YouTube is tweaking its copyright policy, blocking rights holders from manually monetizing “creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music.”


Chinese K-Pop Stars Publicly Back Beijing on Hong Kong

At least eight K-pop stars from China and even one from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing's one-China policy, eliciting a mixture of disappointment and understanding from fans.


Beethoven’s political resonance

Beethoven was a musical revolutionary – but was he a political one, too?

New Statesman

Saudi Arabia: Pop music gains a political conscience

International pop artists like K-pop group Super Junior are hugely popular in the Gulf monarchy. But should international stars shun the country because of its poor record on human rights?


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