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Stories about Music

9 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival 2017 Playlist: Part 1

The Bridge

An opinionated mini-guide to the music that's setting Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival celebrations alight this year.

3 February 2017

Is Rap Making a Comeback in Uzbekistan?

“I’ll confess that I was only half certain that they would even let us hold the competition.”

1 February 2017

Listen to the Tranquil Sounds of the Jetigen, One of Central Asia's Forgotten Instruments

The instrument was once popular across the Turkic world, but its present stronghold is the Russian Republic of Khakassia.

31 January 2017

Meet ‘VKgoeswild,’ Ukraine's Classical Pianist-Turned Rocker

RuNet Echo

Despite winning numerous awards at international classical piano competitions and training with some of the biggest names in classical music, Viktoriya Yermolyeva decided to tackle another kind of music: rock.

29 January 2017

Melania Trump Returns Gloriously to Her Homeland, Now as a Meme

During the U.S. presidential campaign, Slovenians didn't show much interest in Mrs. Trump. That changed, however, after Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Electoral College

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".

9 December 2016

Now That's Epic: Kyrgyz Woman Singer Remakes Poem Traditionally Sung By Men

"The whole might of the Kyrgyz Nomadic Spirit, the intimate, magical fluid of our mountainous country."

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.

26 October 2016

From China to Indonesia to Timor Leste, Discover the Beats of Asian Hip Hop

Time to update your playlist.

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."

Boy Bands, Ballet and Battles over Masculinity in Central Asia

"They shouldn't come here. We are for national traditions, wherein a man is a man, and a woman is a woman."

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