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Stories about Music

1 October 2018

Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore, Trinidadian musician who took steel pan music ‘by storm’, dies

"This is the equivalent of a Brahms, Bach or Beethoven passing. This is huge. This is a loss."

18 September 2018

Kyrgyz artist calls on girls to ‘create our own freedom’ in breakout song, *drops mic*

Zere's debut hit 'Kyz' comes after years of debate over how women in the Central Asian country should dress and behave.

5 June 2018

Boycott against Argentinian musician in France sparks debate on cultural appropriation

The cancellation of Argentinian reggaeton singer Romina Bernardo by Black French activists open the door to discussions about appropriation that had so far had little space online.

15 May 2018

Georgia's protests pit nightlife against nationalists

"We were on the cusp of civil confrontation!"

14 April 2018

Jamaican Dancehall Star Buju Banton's Impending Release from Prison Sparks Renewed Controversy

"If Banton[...]retracted his hideous views on homosexuality and sought to amend the damage he has done to men and women across the Caribbean, he would be worthy of a platform."

6 April 2018

A European Union-Supported Rap Video Tries to Persuade Young Guineans Against Migrating

"It’s about poverty, the lack of opportunities...That is why young people find it more risky to stay at home...They say: 'I would rather die on the sea than stay here.'"

14 February 2018

East African Women in the Music Industry Sing Out Against Male Domination

"We have made ourselves known in the music industry, yet gender inequality, sexism, and pay gaps persist. It’s not that we’re not skillful enough, it’s that all decision-makers are men."

11 February 2018

‘Singing the Tale of Our Pain': Tajikistan's Migration Phenomenon Finds a Home in Music

"Why am I here, in an alien place, far from my mother?"

9 February 2018

Africa Mourns Award-Winning Ugandan Musician Mowzey Radio, Dead at 33

"He always gave me even the little he had...However much others knew him as a chaotic man, I knew him as a simple, humble and talented son"

8 February 2018

As the World Celebrates Bob Marley Day, Reggae is Changing and So Are Its Fans

"Consciousness and liberation are some of the messages we expect from Rasta, unfortunately, it [appears] Rasta has lost its value locally and as an agent of change in our society."

22 January 2018

Changing Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's Culture Starts With Consent

"Flirting is not a crime. Forcing your attention on someone is." Trinidad and Tobago Carnival may be experiencing "a progressive cultural shift”.

3 January 2018

‘Offensive’ Soca Song Gets Boost After Ban From Carnival Contests in Trinidad & Tobago

"There is much that we have to talk about in Trinidad and Tobago as regards race, sex, class and even State-sponsored censorship..."

2 January 2018

Despite Challenges, Jamaica’s Capital City Welcomes 2018 With a Dash of Optimism

While clouds linger, it appears that Kingston is determined to look on the sunny side of life in 2018.

30 December 2017

In 2017, Stories of Resilience, Creativity and Love Were Plentiful

Injustice abounds, but the human spirit is alive, kicking, and as beautiful as ever. Take a look at these highlights of Global Voices' coverage in 2017.

24 December 2017

How Some Musicians Are Reshaping the Image of Chile's Music Scene

"Before being music producers, we're 100% music fans."

19 December 2017

Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm in Uzbekistan

“This is my band...this is my arse. Tonight your arse is mine.”

16 December 2017

Art and Music Festival Brings Joy to Islamabad

After a month of tense street protests in Islamabad, an arts festival restores the spirits of its residents.

8 December 2017

The Conviction of Another Dancehall Star Fails to Shock Crime-Weary Jamaicans

Following the incarceration of Vybz Kartel, Ninja Man is the second major dancehall artist in recent times to be convicted of murder in crime-weary Jamaica.

23 November 2017

The Young Musicians From “Symphony for Peru” Touched Souls at Madrid's Royal Theater

The organization, created by renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez to take music to disadvantaged youth, expanded its work to Spain, to show how they "sing, play, grow!"

18 November 2017

Musicians Think There's #NoGreaterTime to Advocate for Change in Trinidad & Tobago

A new musical project delivers an inspirational message of unity to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, challenging them to collectively create "a more peaceful society".

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