Policy, Research & Politics

Burundi: When drumming becomes political

On 20 October 2017, the President of the Central African Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, signed an act that would deal with the legal regulation of ... playing drums.


In the Arab media world, politics is in the spotlight.

A burgeoning music scene and the political revolutions of 2011 in the Arab world created the perfect opening for better music writing.

Nieman Lab

Rokia Traoré: Le meilleur de l’art africain est pour l’étranger

Artiste résolument engagée, elle crée en 2009 la Fondation Passerelle à Bamako, pour permettre aux Maliens de bénéficier de structures pour l’apprentissage, la diffusion, les rencontres et tout simplement l’expression artistique, dans un pays ou la culture n’existe pas dans la sphère économique.

Citizen Jazz

Draft European Agenda for Music

The aim in developing a European Agenda for Music (EAM) is to bring together the diverse voices of the European music sector to determine a common vision and strategy for the future. Have your say!


Spotify, Deezer and Soundcloud launch european lobbying coalition

Music-streaming services Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud are among the founder members of a new coalition that plans to represent the European digital music industry in Brussels.


“Uyghur Dutar King” detained in China

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China is currently undergoing a major security crackdown, largely shielded from the outside world by tight controls on foreign media.


Woman Walk the Line: How the Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives

“It seemed like the most subversive way to do it,” Gleason says. “Use country music to discuss female empowerment, coming of age or into one’s own, finding your way. But more importantly, to do it on your own power!”

Nieman Storyboard

Youssou Ndour offre 75 millions aux artistes

Le chanteur sénégalais Youssou Ndour, qui est l'un des 5 lauréats de l'édition 2017 du «Praemium Imperiale», du nom de cette prestigieuse distinction japonaise considérée comme le Nobel des arts, a décidé d'offrir cette récompense, estimée à 75 millions de francs CFA, à la mutuelle de santé des acteurs culturels.

All Africa

How We Can Support the World’s Rich Musical Diversity

Some music thrives, while other musical traditions are on the verge of disappearing


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