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Stories about Music

15 August 2017

A Viral Rap Battle Has Everyone in Russia—Including Business Journalists and Politicians—Talking

RuNet Echo

Even opposition leader Alexey Navalny weighed in, saying despite the profanity, the raps are "100 times more cultural than any comedy show or song contest you see on state television."

12 August 2017

Music Group Bokanté Serves Up Songs in the Key of Creole

The fusion of West African music, Mississippi Delta blues and Caribbean rhythms are what the band Bokanté is all about.

31 July 2017

Young Kyrgyz Music Star Rejects Appointment to Head Museum After Online Backlash

"We are tired of officials’ spouses and kids who get into managing positions.”

29 July 2017

The Kyrgyz “Dancing Kelin” Protests Early Marriage By Calling Attention to the Harsh Realities of Rural Brides

“Life in the village is round-the-clock work. Brides finish one chore and start another. They work 24/7.”

21 July 2017

Brazil’s First Indigenous Online Radio Station Uses Digital Media to Promote Native Languages and Communities

Rising Voices

Rádio Yandê uses technology to shred stereotypes and misconceptions about Brazil’s native communities.

20 July 2017

Up-and-Coming Trinidadian Soca Singer Devon Matthews’ Journey Comes to an End

The 36-year-old, whose "star was on the rise", collapsed after performing at a Carnival band launch and was rushed to hospital, where he could not be revived.

14 July 2017

Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

Global Voices Advocacy

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

7 July 2017

A Pop Star Who Sings About Social Justice Is Uganda’s Newest Legislator

Bobi Wine used to sing about policy issues. Now he has a chance to shape policy in parliament.

29 June 2017

Beatles Memorial Day Marks the Anniversary of the Iconic Band’s First Visit to Japan

The 1966 visit by the Beatles to Japan is regarded as a turning point in Japanese postwar culture.

15 June 2017

No Limited Abilities: Meet Georgia's Paralympians

"I feel most proud of the 2017 Tbilisi championships where both olympians and paralympians participated - I managed to get second place."

17 May 2017

Among First Nations Youth, Hip-Hop Is a Tool for Self-Expression and Cultural Preservation

Rising Voices

"This is the day you’ll hear our scream / cause we lost our way in life as youth / but I believe that one day we will rise."

16 May 2017

Dresden Musicians Take Reagan’s Advice for Gorbachev to the U.S.-Mexican Border

To protest against the border wall that divides the U.S. and Mexico, Germany's Dresden Symphonic Orchestra will stage an international concert with musicians on June 3, 2017, at the border.

14 May 2017

Bangladesh: Where Heavy Metal Dies at the Doorstep

Heavy metal fans in Bangladesh were heartbroken after Brazilian death metal bands Krisiun and NervoChaos were forbidden from performing at their sold-out concert in the capital Dhaka.

Everybody Is Hailing Billboard-Topping Musician Teddy Afro, Except Ethiopian State Media

State broadcaster EBC failed to air an eagerly awaited interview with a beloved artist known for his political independence.

11 May 2017

Law Enforcement's Selective Crackdown Curbs Indie Music Space in Hong Kong

"...the latest raid seems more like part of a well planned campaign aimed at crashing every business that does not belong to the big business."

9 May 2017

Russian Pensioners Troll Opposition Leader in Awkward Rap Video

RuNet Echo

The video was produced by a fringe activist organization in Krasnodar called "Social Justice."

7 May 2017

Singer Teddy Afro's New Album Holds Fast to His Vision of a Diverse, Yet United Ethiopia

Known as the Bob Marley of Ethiopia, some claim that Teddy Afro’s songs represent a defeated ideology -- but his albums are generating record sales.

30 April 2017

Police Raid on Kingston Dub Club Puts Noise Pollution Issue on Replay

One of Jamaica's "music/tourism gems" gets shut down by police after neighbours complain about the noise levels. But is there a compromise to be had?

29 April 2017

Despite Some Ambivalence, the Expanded Jamaica Carnival of 2017 Was a Hit

Jamaica Carnival is still considered an import from Trinidad and Tobago, but that doesn't mean that Jamaicans haven't been embracing the festival and its economic benefits.

21 April 2017

Japanese Metal Legends LOUDNESS Turned Away at US Border

"After spending 27 hours in the air I'm back in Osaka. Just devastated."

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