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Policy, Research & Politics

Is classical colonial?

Naive proposals to “decolonise” Western classical music risk losing the richness of its history.

The Critic

Chanter, l’autre manière de se rebeller en Asie

Ils ont le courage de dire leur désobéissance au micro. Mieux : ils chantent cette désobéissance comme le faisaient jadis les rebelles des années 70 en occident.


Venezuela: Música de tiempos históricos

Bandas de Guerra, conspiraciones, partituras incendiarias hacen parte de una historia que es bueno refrescar en fechas especiales como la del nacimiento de Hugo Chávez Frías. ¿Por qué? Porque fue él quien devolvió a Venezuela al amor por sus orígenes históricos.

Tele Sur

Soundtrack of a revolution: The rise of Sudan's Beja music

Sudan’s dynamic music scene was a victim of the suffocating and socially conservative Bashir era. With the norms of the previous decades being challenged, Ostinato members did not want to miss the opportunity to record it.

Middle East Eye

After 350 Years of Tradition, a Boys’ Choir Now Admits Girls

The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, is the latest English choir to start including female singers, a move some fear will reduce opportunities for boys.

The New York Times

House Music Isn’t “Ibiza Music”

n giving the music classist and Eurocentric standards, we’re failing to recognize that house music, like most modern music, has its roots in Black and brown culture — originating in communities that have been historically ostracized.


Can protest songs really make a difference?

A project funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, has analysed protest songs from the 1600s to today, creating the first official database of English protest songs.


En Asie, heavy metal, rap et punk résonnent contre les dictatures

En Thaïlande, en Malaisie, en Birmanie ou encore à Singapour, des musiciens portent haut l’héritage contestataire du rap, du punk et du heavy metal. Ils dénoncent dans leurs morceaux la répression politique et les discriminations sociales et raciales.

Courrier International

“¿El Rey de qué?” La cultura negra contra Elvis Presley

A propósito de la película lanzada con su nombre, nos preguntamos: ¿podrá algún día reconciliarse la cultura negra con Elvis Presley? Hasta que dejen de decir que él fue el Rey del Rock, no.


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