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Policy, Research & Politics

The history of protest songs in Tunisia and their link to popular culture

Music genres such as rap have become the primary artistic means for expressing the discontent and aspirations of a new generation of activists in Tunisia. But the heritage of protest songs from decades before is still held in the collective memory of young leftists.

The Conversation

Kim Jong Un Had Conductor Executed by Firing Squad Following Celebration

A recent report from a South Korean newspaper said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of a choir conductor, who was allegedly shot 90 times in front of members of the public.


Algeria strives to list Raï music as UNESCO world heritage

Music experts believe Raï music is one of the most important artistic expressions to merit inclusion as part of the intangible heritage of humanity.

The Arab Weekly

Les musiques électroniques, politiques? 5 fois où la techno a secoué la société

En attendant de pouvoir retourner danser, retour sur cinq moments des années 80 à nos jours, de New York à Paris en passant par Berlin, où les musiques électroniques ont participé à des mouvements politiques.


La pandemia y la música popular

La cultura está condenada en España a ser siempre pobre, sospechosa de no merecer las ayudas, acusada de infiel, de frívola y oportunista, de comunista si hace falta.

El País

Hidden propaganda? Eurovision rejects Belarus song for political mockery

Belarus became the latest Eurovision competitor to spark furor with a song. Critics say the entry is propaganda for President Lukashenko. Organizers have said the song must be reworked or Belarus will be disqualified.


The music of politics and protest

Musicologist Dr Nick Tochka discusses his research into music in Europe and the Americas – particularly the politics of music-making since 1945.


Rockin' in the free world? Inside the rightwing takeover of protest music

It’s easy to laugh at hardcore patriots misunderstanding Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, but such appropriation is increasingly widespread – and dangerously twisting the truth.

The Guardian

Chine : Une comédie musicale sur les Ouïghours fait scandale

Disponible sur Youtube depuis quelques semaines mais également dans les salles de cinéma chinoises depuis le 28 mars dernier, cette comédie musicale a suscité la colère du public.


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