Policy, Research & Politics

An Unlikely Youth Revolution at the Paris Opera

According to the company, it had 95,000 audience members younger than 28 last season — more than 10 percent of tickets sold and 30,000 more than just two years before.

The New York Times

East African Women in the Music Industry Sing Out Against Male Domination

“Women in music: We have made ourselves known in the music industry around the world. Yet gender inequality, sexism, and pay gaps persist,” said Carola Kinasha, a Tanzanian-based musician and activist who recently moderated a panel discussion on women in music.

Global Voices

All that jazz: Saudis attend country's first jazz festival

Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia’s first-ever jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom’s recent efforts of shedding its conservative image.


Musique & politique en Côte d'Ivoire

Des musiques négro-africaines nées dans les labeurs des plantations esclavagistes d’Amérique au chant des partisans en passant par le tout aussi populaire que dansant indépendance Tcha Tcha du Congo, la musique a toujours été partie intégrante de « l’arsenal politique ».


Obama Is the Most Name-Dropped President in Music

Music reflects culture, so of course politics makes its way into songs.


The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music

In her 38-year career, which is as long as the history of the Islamic republic, Iran’s first and only female conductor had led as many public performances as the number of fingers that hold her baton.

The Guardian

Chinese Music Industry Reacts to Government's Hip-Hop Ban

Last month China's state media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), issued a statement apparently banning hip-hop culture and people with tattoos from appearing on television.


The Grammys Snub of “Despacito” is Absurd but Not Surprising

The Grammys has never been an arbiter of taste—even when they get it “right,” it appears to be accidental, like a broken clock being right twice a day.


How Masekela's Journeys in Exile Shaped His Music and Politics

Masekela knew some formative moments during his own long exile. Radical black internationalism, pan-Africanism and anti-apartheid resistance were all woven into the texture of his sound.

All Africa

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