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Policy, Research & Politics

As Most Music Is Silenced in Afghanistan, a Style Favored by the Taliban Fills the Void

Once unwelcome, a cappella songs known as taranas now dominate the airwaves.

The Wall Street Journal

Le retour très politique du Disco Polo en Pologne

Le disco polo a fait un retour en force ces dernières années, notamment grâce à la télévision publique qui le diffuse abondamment. S’agit-il simplement de répondre à la demande populaire pour cette musique ? Ou est-ce un outil pour servir l’agenda populiste du parti au pouvoir qui fait la guerre aux élites culturelles libérales ?

Le Courrier d'Europe centrale

Caída de Tenochtitlan: cómo la música fue clave para consumar la Conquista

Los géneros musicales y los sonidos han sido importantes para la construcción de la identidad mexicana.


“The Perfect Voice in the Wrong Body”

“A chubby bundle of puppy fat.” “Unsightly and unattractive.” “Repulsive figure.” These comments count as professional feedback in the world of opera. At first glance, they may appear to be isolated cases; only seldom does body shaming make headlines in the opera industry.


Meet the Iranian Musician Who Keeps Risking Imprisonment for His Music

Mehdi Rajabian is considered a dangerous criminal In Iran: he’s been arrested several times, spent months in solitary confinement, and is closely monitored by the government while under house arrest. His offense? Creating music with female vocalists.


The day the music died: Afghanistan's all-female orchestra falls silent

The last time the Islamist militants were in power, they banned music and women were not allowed to work. In the final months of their insurgency, they carried out targeted attacks on those they said had betrayed their vision of Islamic rule.


Mort de Míkis Theodorákis, compositeur, homme politique et éternel révolté

Figure de la lutte contre les dictatures en Grèce, compositeur foisonnant trop souvent réduit à sa musique du film "Zorba le Grec", Míkis Theodorákis était une icône de la vie musicale et politique grecque. Il s'est éteint à l'âge de 96 ans.

France Musique

Música para salvar lenguas indígenas

Con el rap, el jazz, el hip hop, la electrónica y la ópera, este grupo de artistas se resiste a la desaparición de idiomas indígenas. No sólo cantan, también hacen trabajo comunitario.

El Universal

Louis Armstrong and the spy: how the CIA used him as a ‘trojan horse’ in Congo

It was a memorable evening: Louis Armstrong, his wife and a diplomat from the US embassy were out for dinner in a restaurant in what was still Léopoldville, capital of the newly independent Congo.

The Guardian

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