Policy, Research & Politics

‘I am explaining the truth and they want to put me in jail’

Pablo Hasél (real name Pablo Rivadulla) is a rapper and a pro-communist who performs “forbidden songs” which Spanish authorities believe glorify terrorism. Freemuse spoke to Hasél ahead of the MUR Festival in Palma de Mallorca.

Freemuse

Turkmenistan stages first opera after 19-year ban

Older spectators leaving the theatre late on a cool Tuesday night voiced a nostalgia for the long-taboo art form while younger spectators enthused over the performance.

Yahoo News

À Hong Kong, les manifestations réveillent la scène underground

Depuis plusieurs mois que la population s'oppose au gouvernement, les artistes de l'île, notamment dans le secteur du hip-hop, ont eux aussi adopté des positions politiques dans leurs chansons.

Slate

Hope and desperation inspired Hong Kong’s ‘national anthem’, says incognito composer

City needed a protest song to unite it, says the anonymous writer behind the tune sweeping the barricades.

The Guardian

Following Tradition, Chilean Musicians Lead in Anti-Inequality Protests

On Monday, amid mounting conflicts between the Chilean people and military police, social justice-minded rapper Ana Tijoux dropped “#CACEROLAZO.” The song’s title name checks the Latin American protest tradition of banging pots and pans in the street.

Remezcla

Music and politics have never been mutually exclusive, and nor should they be

Music as a means of social commentary is nothing new, so why are people still surprised when a musician gets political?

Beat

'It's possible to live together in peace': the Turkish rap epic taking on the government

Amid conflict in Syria, stifled free speech and oppressive machismo, rappers in Turkey are speaking out to hold their country – and themselves – to account.

The Guardian

Thurston Moore : la musique face aux discours politiques

Thurston Moore, ex-leader du groupe culte Sonic Youth, étonne encore avec Spirit Counsel, album de rock expérimental et instrumental, qu’il voit comme un contrepoint aux discours « pour diviser les gens » de « Donald Trump, Boris Johnson ou Marine Le Pen ».

La Presse

The Banjo and the Ballot Box

How country music has been used on the campaign trail—and in political office.

American Scholar


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