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Stories about Music

4 February 2016

Why Is a Russian Art Museum Granting Free Admission to Women Wearing 4-Inch Stilettos?

RuNet Echo

The music video has 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song stands out as an exceptionally popular hit.

1 February 2016

What Kicked Off in Uruguay that Lasts for 40 Days?

It lasts for 40 days and is considered the longest carnival in the world. The Uruguayan Carnival brings together traditions born Europe and Africa, and offers a whole lot more.

23 January 2016

Viewers in Trinidad and Tobago Ready the Toilet Paper for This Year’s Soca Music Competition

The International Soca Monarch competition has become a popular aspect of Trinidad and Tobago's annual Carnival celebrations, but this year's semi-finals left a lot to be desired.

22 January 2016

The Ever-Blurring Line Between Entertainment and Politics in China and Taiwan

A teenage K-pop performer's apology for waving a Republic of China flag—interpreted as supporting Taiwanese independence—recently went viral.

21 January 2016

You Don't Know Noise, If You Don't Know Trinidad and Tobago

From unbearably loud music to illegal fireworks, one civic-minded social media user in Trinidad and Tobago is taking on the "noise polluters who yearly get away with decibel crime".

19 January 2016

The Three Kings Is One of Puerto Rico's Most Loved Traditions

One of the main traditions associated with the Three King's Day are the 'Promesas', or the tradition of asking the Kings to intervene in a moment of need

9 January 2016

Kyrgyzstan Staged its First Opera Flash Mob in a Bishkek Supermarket. It Was Magical.

"People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's opera, La Traviata."

8 January 2016

Iconic Steel Band Arranger Jit Samaroo Dies on the Eve of Trinidad's Panorama Music Competition

As arranger extraordinaire for Trinidad and Tobago's Renegades Steel Orchestra, Jit Samaroo has left the country -- and the world -- with a rich, enduring pan music legacy.

5 January 2016

Inside Ethiopia's Self-Defeating Crackdown on Oromo Musicians

As government threatens and arrests Oromo artists while booting them off the airwaves, growing numbers are turning to the internet as their only avenue for self-expression.

28 December 2015

Sri Lanka's President Says Enrique Iglesias Concert Organisers Should Be ‘Whipped With Toxic Stingray Tails’

President Sirisena didn't like that female fans hugged and kissed the pop star, nor that someone threw her bra onstage. Sri Lankans didn't take to his "moral policing" kindly.

14 December 2015

A Tajik Singer Calls on the World Not to Forget Aylan Kurdi

'Whose knife is in my heart and my sight? What country is my lonely body buried in?'

4 December 2015

Ugandan Teen Who Danced in Viral Music Video ‘Sitya Loss’ Dies in Bike Accident

"...in your short life, you have impacted the world through dance, more than some will ever do in a lifetime."

2 December 2015

After Naysayers Call Him ‘Lewd’, Singaporeans Voice Their Support for American Singer Adam Lambert

"Singaporeans can enjoy a good show without their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment."

29 November 2015

How Many People Win the Nobel Peace Summit Award and a Latin Grammy in the Same Week?

Hip hop artist René Pérez has lent his voice to numerous causes over the years, such as the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

20 November 2015

Women at Work: The Collective Now Transforming Hip-Hop in Mexico

A multidisciplinary collective has successfully combated Mexico's stereotypes and faced gender discrimination in the art scene and in Mexican society more broadly.

19 November 2015

Rastafari Rootzfest Celebrates Jamaica's Emancipation of Marijuana

The Rastafari Rootzfest -- Jamaica's first ever "educational ganja festival" -- is paving the way for the island to make its mark on the emerging global marijuana industry.

8 November 2015

Music Was the Path to Financial Independence for This Indian Woman

Tritha Sinah fronts the band Tritha Electric. Growing up in Kolkata she says music was her way to financial independence and liberation.

18 October 2015

A Musical Project in Mexico Dedicates Their Latest Work to ‘The 43 From #Ayotzinapa'… and It's Free to Download!

Santiaguero Collective, from Mexico, focuses on Creative Commons-licensed music reflecting the current social issues of the region and the country. Their latest work is dedicated to the missing Ayotzinapa students.

14 October 2015

‘Symphony for Peru’: Educating Children Through Music

Based on a belief that music can transform people's existence completely, a famous Peruvian tenor launched Symphony for Peru to help the country's disadvantaged children.

5 October 2015

Musicians Protest Over Hong Kong Metro's ‘Tone Deaf’ Enforcement of Luggage Rules

"Hong Kong people should protect children’s right to learn music. In the past it was allowed to carry musical instruments into stations. Why not now?"

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