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Stories about Music

28 May 2020

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

Rising VoicesCOVID-19

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

22 May 2020

Slovenian protesters channel Katie Melua to explain anti-corruption bicycle movement

"There are 10,000 bicycles in Ljubljana. That's a fact. That's how mad the people are."

13 May 2020

‘Corona Ciao': Parody of old revolutionary song goes viral in the Balkans

COVID-19

Insult to revolutionary heritage, paean to middle-aged tavern-going privilege or just a bit of fun?

22 April 2020

Top Japanese pop stars upload music to YouTube to boost spirits during lockdown

With their spring and summer stadium tours canceled, a variety of Japanese pop superstars decided to help lift the spirits of fans who were now largely confined to home.

21 April 2020

Liberia's President George Weah sings his fight against COVID-19

COVID-19

Despite a message and movement solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 in Liberia, President George Weah still faces critique over a tanking economy and restricted media.

17 April 2020

Caribbean netizens take to ‘extempo’ music to spread COVID-19 safety messages

COVID-19

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people from all over the region and throughout the diaspora are trying their lyrical prowess in a COVID-19 extempo challenge.

8 April 2020

Will the rejection of Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel's murder appeal make him ‘even more of a martyr'?

Exactly six years after Vybz Kartel was given a life sentence for the murder of Clive Williams, Jamaica's Court of Appeal upheld his conviction, but reserved judgment on sentencing.

26 March 2020

Tunes in the time of corona: A playlist from Trinidad & Tobago hits all the right notes

COVID-19

Two Trinidadian podcasters seek to virtually unite people amidst the COVID-19 outbreak by asking listeners to pick their favourite tunes — and explain why the songs are meaningful to them.

21 March 2020

‘The bars will spill over to songs of you': A Caribbean farewell to Kenny Rogers

The Bridge

"Depend on it, Kenny Rogers, when coronavirus leaves the long gambling-table of life, having taken too many of us with it, the bars will spill over to songs of you."

27 February 2020

Mitrovica Rock School unites young Albanians and Serbs in a segregated Kosovo city

In a segregated Kosovo city, where residents rarely talk to people of different ethnicity, a school restoring the rock music tradition of former Yugoslavia builds friendship between Albanians and Serbs.

19 February 2020

Nigeria’s Victor Olaiya: Trumpeter and ‘evil genius’ of highlife music (1931-2020) 

"They thought I moved highlife music out of the ordinary. My highlife was a little bit out of this world, beyond explanation..." — Victor Olaiya

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's steel pan competition in photos

There's only one place you can hear the best steelbands in the world compete against one another: the annual Panorama competition during Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival.

6 February 2020

Bengali, Pakistani, and Amazon indigenous women perform ‘The rapist is you’ song

The flashmob by Chilean collective Las Tesis is still making waves around the world.

29 January 2020

Africa's creative industries get a half-billion-dollar boost by big banks

“Because of underinvestment in the creative and cultural industries, Africa is largely absent in the global market of ideas, values and aesthetics," said Benedict Oramah, president of Afreximbank.

20 January 2020

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar arrested in Bangladesh for ‘insulting’ Islam

Advox

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar is accused of making comments which hurt the “religious sentiment” of Muslims. He says that there is no evidence forbidding music in Islam.

19 January 2020

Zanzibar says goodbye to legendary ‘king of kidumbak,’ musician Makame Faki

Legendary Zanzibari musician Makame Faki Makame has died at the age of 77. He was hailed as the king of kidumbak and a master of taarab, Zanzibar's "national sound."

16 January 2020

From Indonesian exile to Czechoslovakian pop star: An interview with Rony Marton

Jaroni Surjomartono, an Indonesian scholar, arrived in Prague in 1963. He and hundreds of scholars were later banned from returning home after General Suharto rose to power.

19 December 2019

Cultures clash after release of Trinidadian soca music video featuring cricketer Ali Khan

“In ‘Me Gusta’, Destra is trying to represent something global, and other cultures are reading it in different ways.”

18 December 2019

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.

30 November 2019

‘Jump high and shake your manifesto': The rhythms of Trinidad & Tobago elections

For Trinidad and Tobago's politicians, the way to voters' hearts is often through song. A look back at some notable guest appearances by calypso and soca on the campaign trail.

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