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Policy, Research & Politics

Meet the Iranian Musician Who Keeps Risking Imprisonment for His Music

Mehdi Rajabian is considered a dangerous criminal In Iran: he’s been arrested several times, spent months in solitary confinement, and is closely monitored by the government while under house arrest. His offense? Creating music with female vocalists.


The day the music died: Afghanistan's all-female orchestra falls silent

The last time the Islamist militants were in power, they banned music and women were not allowed to work. In the final months of their insurgency, they carried out targeted attacks on those they said had betrayed their vision of Islamic rule.


Mort de Míkis Theodorákis, compositeur, homme politique et éternel révolté

Figure de la lutte contre les dictatures en Grèce, compositeur foisonnant trop souvent réduit à sa musique du film "Zorba le Grec", Míkis Theodorákis était une icône de la vie musicale et politique grecque. Il s'est éteint à l'âge de 96 ans.

France Musique

Música para salvar lenguas indígenas

Con el rap, el jazz, el hip hop, la electrónica y la ópera, este grupo de artistas se resiste a la desaparición de idiomas indígenas. No sólo cantan, también hacen trabajo comunitario.

El Universal

Louis Armstrong and the spy: how the CIA used him as a ‘trojan horse’ in Congo

It was a memorable evening: Louis Armstrong, his wife and a diplomat from the US embassy were out for dinner in a restaurant in what was still Léopoldville, capital of the newly independent Congo.

The Guardian

Ghana’s politics has strong ties with performing arts. This is how it started

Towards the end of the Kwame Nkrumah era in 1966, a number of highlife artists wrote songs critical of him as Ghana’s president. But during the period leading up to independence in 1957 and the early years of independence, most Ghanaian popular artists and entertainers wholeheartedly backed Nkrumah and his Convention People’s Party.

The Conversation

The Passion of Serj Tankian

System of a Down’s front man on 25 years of finding truth in political tension, even if it means within his own band.


L’Institut national de musique d’Afghanistan réduit au silence depuis l’arrivée au pouvoir des talibans

Depuis le retour au pouvoir des talibans, l'Institut national de musique d’Afghanistan, établissement emblématique de la vie culturelle du pays, est fermé. Les élèves sont reclus chez eux, et les instruments se taisent, par peur des représailles. Son responsable conserve espoir depuis l'Australie.

France Culture

Desde el country al punk, esta fue la huella de los ataques terroristas del 11S en la música

Si pensamos en los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001 en Estados Unidos, conocidos también como 11S, quizás la música no sea uno de los factores que se te vengan a la mente.


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