Policy, Research & Politics

In Puerto Rico, A New Generation of Women’s Plena Groups Are Raising Their Voices

Plena, a musical genre rooted in African song and dance, originated in the southern coastal city of Ponce around 1920, though its complicated rhythms and “soneos,” or oral calls and responses, stretch back decades earlier.


Russia’s Youth Found Rap. The Kremlin Is Worried.

Streaming and social networks took music out of the hands of the country’s cultural guardians and let a new generation of artists emerge.

The New York Times

Separate Music From Politics, Museveni Tells Ugandan Artistes

President Museveni has said he will not tolerate music shows that are laced with politics and warned that in future nobody will be compensated for shows that have been cancelled because of politics.

All Africa

La musique, instrument politique à Paris et à Londres

À travers l'exemple de ces deux grandes capitales, retour sur ces rencontres entre populations jeunes et immigrées qui ont favorisé l'effervescence de la création musicale et de l’engagement militant.


Ryan Tedder slams 'ludicrous' copyright cases

Ryan Tedder has written some of pop's biggest hits, including Beyonce's Halo, Ed Sheeran's Happier and, for his own band OneRepublic, Counting Stars. But he says pop is in danger of being stifled by the rise in copyright cases.


Youtubers and record labels are fighting, and record labels keep winning

Copyright issues have plagued YouTube and its community for years, but creators are calling this moment in time one of the worst eras for trying to navigate the platform.

The Verge

We Won’t Be Silenced

Fresh from a sold-out concert tour of the U.K. and Sweden, Afghanistan’s first female conductor is convinced music can help deliver peace to her war-torn country. If only the Taliban would listen.


Fear of music

The West Java branch of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission became the latest party to jump on the melophobia bandwagon.

The Jakarta Post

La musique, c'est ma manière de faire de la politique

Condamné par la justice espagnole, le rappeur de Majorque est réfugié depuis un an en Belgique.

Le Vif

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