Policy, Research & Politics

Don't Let Jazz Music Die

April 30, marks the International Jazz Day as proclaimed by the Unesco General Conference of November 2011. The day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced co-operation among people.

All Africa

Palestinian Singer Oday Khatib Awaits Israeli Military Trial

Oday Khatib, the young Palestinian singer of Arabic classical music and protégé of Riverboat Records artist Ramzi Aburedwan, has been charged with stone-throwing, facing up to ten years in prison if he is convicted.

World Music Network

Uganda: Music Show Stopped Over 'Political Song'

Mpimbaza Hashaka, the Kampala Resident City Commissioner (RCC) has suspended a music concert featuring Maggie Kayima alias Nabbi Omukazi on allegations that one of her songs was" too political."

All Africa

Azuquita Pa'l Cafe: What Coffee Songs Mean To Latin America

My godmother once gave me a solemn warning about boys: There is no such thing as "just a cup of coffee." She was right.


Background Music Reduces Playground Bullying

Can music soothe the savage sixth grader? Perhaps, according to a first-of-its-kind study, which finds that gentle melodies may help deter schoolyard bullying.

Pacific Standard

Every Somali Is Responsible for Re-Building Somalia

Falis Abdi Mohamed, a 26-year-old singer and member of the Nairobi-based Somali hip-hop group Waayaha Cusub, returned to Somalia in March to perform in a series of small concerts for peace as part of the Mogadishu Music Festival, the first multi-band music festival in the capital since civil war broke out in 1991.

All Africa

Royal Philharmonic Society honours 'life-changing' musicians

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has announced that it will award its most prestigious honour to five musicians to mark its 200th birthday.


Algeria: Singer prosecuted for song which mocks police

The young Algerian raï singer Cheb Fayçal is due to appear in court before the Attorney General in Oran on 25 April 2013. He is allegedly to be prosecuted for having performed a song that poked fun at the police and mentions the name of its top official, Abdelghani Hamel.


Angola: CDs, DVDs and audiovisual works confiscated by police

"The Angolan National Police have confiscated CDs DVDs and a series of audiovisual works by Angolan activists in an act of censorship against voices that are unsettling those in power in Angola," reported Global Voices on 14 March 2013.


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