Policy, Research & Politics

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.


Lullabies and other music may help sick preemies

Singing or playing womb-like sounds in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may help slow the heart rate and improve sleep and eating patterns of premature babies, a new study suggests.


Flaunting the Spirit of Support for the Arts

Linz, Austria — This industrial city of almost 200,000 midway between Vienna and Salzburg, and the capital of the state of Upper Austria, has long had a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to culture.

The New York Times

New music 'rewarding for the brain'

Using MRI scans, a Canadian team of scientists found that areas in the reward centre of the brain became active when people heard a song for the first time.


New study shows different brains have similar responses to music

Do the brains of different people listening to the same piece of music actually respond in the same way? An imaging study by Stanford University School of Medicine scientists says the answer is yes, which may in part explain why music plays such a big role in our social existence.

Medical Express

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