Policy, Research & Politics

An Inclusive New Law for Argentine Music Festivals May Change The Scene for Women Forever

The project began when musician Celsa Mel Gowland, who is also the former vice-president of the National Institute of Music, began investigating how to achieve better representation for women.


Jonas Gwangwa’s music and life embody the resistance against apartheid

Resistance was the sub-text of Gwangwa’s early musical endeavours. The Jazz Epistles, the first outfit to foreground his voice as composer and player, was also the first black ensemble in South Africa to record an LP.

Music in Africa

Mehdi Rajabian, ou la musique au péril de sa vie

Arrêté en 2013 et emprisonné pendant deux ans, cet artiste veut continuer la musique coûte que coûte dans son pays, malgré les risques et la répression que subissent les artistes.

Le Monde

Grassroots music: the rebirth of political folk

The British and Irish folk scenes have been galvanised by acts that weave today’s politics – and anger – into their traditional music.

The Guardian

In Puerto Rico, A New Generation of Women’s Plena Groups Are Raising Their Voices

Plena, a musical genre rooted in African song and dance, originated in the southern coastal city of Ponce around 1920, though its complicated rhythms and “soneos,” or oral calls and responses, stretch back decades earlier.


Russia’s Youth Found Rap. The Kremlin Is Worried.

Streaming and social networks took music out of the hands of the country’s cultural guardians and let a new generation of artists emerge.

The New York Times

Separate Music From Politics, Museveni Tells Ugandan Artistes

President Museveni has said he will not tolerate music shows that are laced with politics and warned that in future nobody will be compensated for shows that have been cancelled because of politics.

All Africa

La musique, instrument politique à Paris et à Londres

À travers l'exemple de ces deux grandes capitales, retour sur ces rencontres entre populations jeunes et immigrées qui ont favorisé l'effervescence de la création musicale et de l’engagement militant.


Ryan Tedder slams 'ludicrous' copyright cases

Ryan Tedder has written some of pop's biggest hits, including Beyonce's Halo, Ed Sheeran's Happier and, for his own band OneRepublic, Counting Stars. But he says pop is in danger of being stifled by the rise in copyright cases.


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