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Stories about Music

30 July 2016

A Melting Pot of Global Music, Compiled from Haiti's Past

Ostinato Record's newest compilation brings together two decades of Haitian grooves from a pivotal time in the island's musical history.

17 July 2016

These African and Scandinavian Musicians Create Sweet Sounds in Copenhagen

“A Swedish guy, and a Mozambican guy, and a Danish guy, they’re speaking one language, which is the music language."

Rappers Put Patriotism on Full Display in Tajikistan

Over two years ago, authorities stopped a nascent and subversive hip-hop movement in its tracks. That move has had predictable consequences.

13 July 2016

‘Playing for Change’ Promotes Peace and Inclusion Around the World Through Music

"Throughout our journey we have learned that music is the greatest tool for healing broken countries, cultures and hearts."

6 July 2016

After Florida Court Verdict, Latin America Remembers Executed Musician Victor Jara

Emblematic Chilean songwriter Víctor Jara, killed after the 1973 military coup in Chile, returns to the headlines after a US federal court's verdict. Global Voices remembers his visit to Peru.

This Is What Happens When You Suddenly Cancel Moscow's Electronic Music Bonanza

RuNet Echo

Nobody likes canceling their plans, and the day Moscow banned an enormously popular music festival was the day Russian Facebook users transformed into apparent experts on event management.

4 July 2016

Kyrgyzstan’s President Turns Mournful Singer-Songwriter

"This song helped me to beat a path through all the difficulties that befell me in life."

1 July 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Brexit, Brexit Everywhere

This week, we take you to the Caribbean, Brazil, Russia, Tanzania and Azerbaijan.

10 June 2016

Iranian Singer Habib Mohebian Memorialized on Social Media

"Even after an artist passes on, his art lives on..."

2 June 2016

How Madagascar's The Dizzy Brains Is Rocking Its Way Into European Hearts

The Dizzy Brains to Madagascar's prime minister: "Just do your job, man!"

Zanj Radio: Jamaica's Online Music Station With a Social Message

"This is not just another media entity. It is a solution."

1 June 2016

Colombia City Combines Gardening and Hip Hop to Revive Community

In one of the poorest areas of Colombia, people sing and cultivate collective memory and community empowerment.

31 May 2016

Farewell to Holly Betaudier, a Man Who Dedicated His Life to Promoting Trinidad & Tobago's Cultural Diversity

"He created the bridge between successive generations and offered [...] the experiences of many of our early artists who painted the tapestry of life in Trinidad and Tobago!"

30 May 2016

Giant David Bowie Mural Unveiled in Sarajevo

The mural recognises Bowie's participation in humanitarian efforts during the siege in the Balkan city in the 1990s.

29 May 2016

How a Hmong Song Tradition Is Kept Alive in the American Midwest

Kwv txhiaj has its origins in southern China and Southeast Asia, is several centuries old and is kept alive through its singers. One of them calls the US Midwest home.

23 May 2016

A Celebration of Sri Lanka's Musical Diversity, From Traditional Drumming to Urban Rap

Let this collection of photos and audio transport you to the recent Galle Music Festival of Sri Lanka.

22 May 2016

He'd Never Seen Jukeboxes Before Immigrating to the US. Now He's a Master at Repairing Them.

Magdi Hanna grew up in Egypt, but when he moved to the United States, he found a calling fixing the decades-old musical machines.

20 May 2016

Brazilian Musicians Mount an Orchestra Against Brazil's Interim Government

Late German composer Carl Off's "Carmina Burana" was turned into a chant of "Fora Temer" (Temer Out), against Michel Temer's interim government.

16 May 2016

Cameroonian Rapper Valsero Launches a Scathing Musical Attack on President Biya's 33-Year Rule

"Look at these youths! All they dream of is to go far away / Look at these youths! They’ve lost the will to fight because it’s not worth it"

15 May 2016

South Africa Is Telling Some Radio Stations They Need to Play Almost All Local Music

It's an effort to encourage people to support more local musicians.

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