Policy, Research & Politics

Disco Demolition: the night they tried to crush black music

When a DJ called on listeners to destroy disco records in a Chicago stadium, things turned nasty – and 40 years on, the ugly attitudes behind the event ring out loud and clear.

The Guardian

Une chanson sur le ramadan crée la polémique au Danemark

Avec Ramadan in Copenhagen, le rappeur Isam B. veut raconter le Danemark du point de vue d’un musulman. Mais il ne fait pas l’unanimité.

Le Figaro

Baghdad beats: Meet the Shia rappers raising the roof

How an Iraqi cleric is creating a storm by urging his followers to rap for their religion.

Middle East Eye

What Is Spotify Thinking With its ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Paying’ Ad Campaign?

To promote a free 30-day promotion on its premium platform, Spotify recently launched an ad campaign featuring a hipster euphorically dancing next to the slogan “Dance like nobody’s paying.”


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.


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.


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

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