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Policy, Research & Politics

#MeToo in the Arts - From call-outs to structural change

In light of developments since 2017, when the #MeToo movement rose to global prominence, the SHIFT – Shared Initiatives for Training partners (nine European cultural networks and platforms) made a common decision to focus on sexual harassment and power abuse in the European art world.

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Seun Kuti: Music, politics and Fela’s legacy

Seun has also made his mark as an active voice of the people and a politically conscious activist. He has been in the Nigerian scene, voicing out when he should, primarily via his pages on social media platforms.

Premium Times

How the vulgarity of mahraganat taught me to accept my Egyptianess

With its unfiltered lyrics paying homage to the lives of Egypt’s poor, the genre undermines middle-class fixations with a traditional image of society.

Middle East Eye

À l'origine de la chanson "Sunday Bloody Sunday" de U2

En 1983, Bono disait de cette cette chanson que c'était “une chanson de dégoût.” Dégoût d'un conflit meurtrier sans fin, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" a su plaire au plus grand nombre. Voici l’histoire derrière une des chansons les plus politiques et les plus populaires de U2.

France Culture

El boicot de Neil Young logra la disculpa del antivacunas Joe Rogan y un cambio en Spotify

La estrella de los podcasts de Spotify promete no volver a criticar las vacunas contra el Covid y pide perdón.

El Mundo

Don't Leave: Reviving the folk songs of Palestinian women

For Palestinians, the period of the first Intifada in the late 1980s witnessed a revival and documentation of folkloric songs. There was a drive to collate the dispersed folk heritage that were largely forgotten, plundered, destroyed or lost over the years.

Middle East Eye

With ban on rallies, political parties turn to music to campaign

With the Election Commission having placed a ban on physical rallies at least till January 15 in light of rising Covid-19 cases, political parties in Uttar Pradesh are turning to music to take their message to the people.

India Today

Silent No More: Country music's conservatives double down on politics

Conservative-leaning country music has been a part of America's cultural fabric since the 1970s. Back then, it was considered the soundtrack of Richard Nixon's "silent majority" of rural, blue-collar, and Republican Party-voting "forgotten Americans."


Afghanistan : dans une vidéo, des soldats talibans brûlent des instruments de musique et insultent des artistes

La vidéo montre deux musiciens avec des vêtements déchirés après avoir été battus par les forces talibanes. Les soldats ont publiquement insulté les artistes et leur ont coupé les cheveux, une punition courante pour les personnes soupçonnées de délits mineurs.


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