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Stories about Music

11 January 2017

In Venezuela, a Conductor's Lack of Political Opinion Hits a Sour Note in Some Circles

The "apolitical" position of celebrated musician Gustavo Dudamel is unacceptable for many Venezuelans at this critical time, and has reignited the debate on the connection between the arts and politics.

10 January 2017

Is Insecurity Threatening Cultural Growth in Mali?

The Yaraal and Degal ceremonies mark the annual rituals of Peuls people in Mali, as they celebrate their cattle's crossing the Niger River.

9 January 2017

Remembering David Bowie's Birthday and His ‘Mythical Walk’ Through Warsaw

Culture.pl, an online magazine devoted to promoting Polish culture, marked David Bowie's birthday by recalling his visit to Warsaw.

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

29 December 2016

This Was Also the Year of Citizen Heroes in Latin America

Global Voices reviews the Latin American stories in 2016 that taught us about fighting back.

27 December 2016

Russia's Top Ten Memes in 2016

RuNet Echo

In the spirit of 2016, RuNet Echo risks spoiling everything in an effort to make sense of Russia's hottest Internet memes over the past year.

16 December 2016

2016 Was the Caribbean's Year of Loss

For bloggers in the Caribbean, “2016” has nearly become an obscenity. Adjectives now used to describe this "annus horribilis" include "sucky", "terrible" and "the worst".

5 December 2016

A Decades-Long ‘Conversation’ Between Yugoslav and Polish Rockers

Rock music available online shows how a peculiar bridge, bringing the people of former Yugoslavia and Poland closer together, developed over the last four decades.

29 November 2016

Through Hardships to the Stars: These Latin American Children Won’t Let Garbage Stand in the Way of Music

“Per aspera ad astra” means reaching the stars despite hardships. Youngsters from Mexico and Paraguay, whether living among garbage or using it to build musical instruments, are doing just that.

13 October 2016

South Asians Celebrate American Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature

"The argument for Dylan would rest squarely on the quality and influence of his work over the years, and the fact that they have now become classics of modern poetry..."

10 October 2016

Turkish Village Preserves “Bird Language” in a Cell-Phone World

“Our purpose is to promote bird language to our country and to the world.”

6 October 2016

Why Is Indigenous Singer Delfín Quishpe Such a Polarizing Figure in Latin America?

"Why should I worry about what people say? Everyone has their culture."

2 October 2016

Jamaicans Get Fired Up About the U.S. Presidential Contest and a Popular Singer's Shock Endorsement

"After all that brouhaha, all the rage — it is time now to forgive the woman. For all the good she has done and sung, we owe her that…"

1 October 2016

At the Bogotá Music Market, Young Musicians Talk About the Prospects for Peace

"This is a very tense time. Not even war-wise, but it became a tense social time. People going towards the 'yes,' people going towards the 'no.'"

30 September 2016

Russian Politician Wants Journalists Prosecuted for Sharing Footage of His Ricky Martin Dance

RuNet Echo

A city councilman in Orlov has filed a police report against local journalists for sharing video footage of him dancing to Ricky Martin’s “Livin la Vida Loca.”

18 September 2016

Iron Maiden and Turkish Folk Music? That's What Inspires This Cretan Musician.

The island of Crete is a crossroads for migrants and refugees. It's there that musician Stelios Petrakis finds his inspiration.

14 September 2016

‘El Hombrecito’ Breathes Musical Life Into Literature in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, a group called The Little Man (El Hombrecito) is offering a new way of experiencing the arts by combining music, poetry and visual arts.

9 September 2016

Mexico Bids a Heartfelt Farewell to Singer Songwriter Juan Gabriel, ‘The Divo of Juárez’

"He journeyed to the centre of darkness of the Mexican soul, and where the archetypes of sick and caricatural masculinity were constellated, he rolled away the stone..."

5 September 2016

Want to See Venezuela’s Diversity in Action? Check Out the Dance Floor

On World Folklore Day, Venezuelans in and out of the country celebrated their African roots, thanks to a viral video.

28 August 2016

On the Blossoming Pop Careers of Uganda's Security Hardmen

Both the new police grooves and the old army tunes are decidedly patriotic in tone.

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