Policy, Research & Politics

From the 1979 revolution to today: The politics of music in Iran

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, public life in Iran has been informed by a strict religious hierarchy. Culture is no exception: The ministry of culture and guidance controls the role of music, but things have changed over time.


Musicians Who Got Political: The Rocky Road From The Stage to Public Office

Musicians and politicians have a lot in common - or so it seems. Both have to engage the public and often try to push for a cause or to deliver a message.


'Women like me don't play music' in Burkina Faso

A Burkinabe musician is hoping to encourage more women to pick up traditional instruments.


Why is there so little space for women in jazz music?

Female singers from Nina Simone to Kate Ceberano are some of the most recognisable and celebrated jazz performers. Yet across the Australian jazz industry, women are disturbingly under-represented.

The Conversation

L’infernal “Despacito” au cœur d’une polémique politique au Venezuela

Il y a enfin quelque chose d’intéressant à raconter sur ce terrible tube de l’été.

Les InRocks

‘Despacito’ singers slam Venezuela’s Maduro for ‘illegal’ use of song

“Illegally appropriating a song doesn’t compare to the crimes you are committing and have committed in Venezuela,” one of the two, Daddy Yankee, wrote on his Instagram feed, directly addressing Maduro.

The Citizen

Colouring politics with musical tradition

In the world of Thai traditional music, there is a highly esteemed competition, known as prachan, in which groups of musicians battle each other to produce the best pieces. The practice resembles a political fight in many ways.

Bangkok Post

'Russian Google' Restricts Music Service Content Amidst Piracy Concerns

Yandex, "the Russian Google," has introduced restrictions on user-generated content of its music service amidst piracy concerns, although the company has denied a connection.


Congolese musicians rarely provide a critique, but continue to provide solace

The “Indépendance Cha-Cha” is one of the best-known songs in the Congolese cannon. It was composed and first performed by the father of modern popular Congolese music, Joseph Kabasele, and his band African Jazz in Brussels in January 1960 during the negotiations for Congolese independence.

The Conversation

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