Policy, Research & Politics

Revolutionary Music and the Social Fabric of Rebellion

Karaoke is a favourite pastime amongst young people in the country’s war-torn Kachin State. The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) – one of Asia’s oldest and strongest rebel movements – has tapped into the popularity of karaoke for mobilising against the ethnocratic state of Myanmar.

Oxford University Press

Nigeria: Radio station fined for playing “vulgar and indecent music”

A Nigerian radio station has been fined by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for playing music with “vulgar and indecent” lyrics in July and August.


Ain’t I A Woman Too

The classical and contemporary music worlds have recently replaced the buzzword “collaboration” with “diversity,” and that push for broader inclusion has largely centered on women.

New Music Box

Aryana Sayeed: 'I Am Very Aware of the Danger'

Aryana Sayeed, 33, is the only internationally known pop act in Afghanistan. She is adored by youth -- and hunted by the Taliban.

Spiegel Online

Daniel Barenboim : « Aujourd'hui, j'ai honte d'être Israélien »

Le chef d'orchestre s'est insurgé contre le vote d'une loi définissant Israël comme un État-nation juif. Dans le journal Haaretz, il estime que « c'est clairement une forme d'apartheid ».

France Musique

Protesting Trump's Immigration Policy Through Song

In the long-running and contentious debate over immigration in this century, nothing has struck a public nerve in the United States like the news that children were being forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border by order of a policy implemented by the Trump administration earlier this year.


Politics In Zimbabwe Has A New Soundtrack

In the 1960s and '70s, when the country was still known as Rhodesia, black nationalists fought a bloody war to overthrow white minority rule.


Rock the vote: Pakistani political music keeps the party going

Political rallies have been transformed to festive blowouts, designed to entertain as much as inspire supporters to vote.

Gulf News

Playing like a girl: the problems with reception of women in music

The year was 1942. In the USA, all-girl orchestras toured extensively, rather like a jazz version of A League of Their Own. Audiences were surprised to find that these girls played “just like men!”

New Music Box

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