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Stories about Music

10 August 2016

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

6 August 2016

There's an Official Funk Song for the Olympics, but Funk Artists in Rio Say They Face Persecution  

"I think funk is repressed because it has so much potential to turn people into political actors...”

5 August 2016

Trinidad & Tobago's Culture Was ‘Made Richer’ Thanks to Earl Crosby

"He was one of those people that you think would always be there — and then he's suddenly gone and this hole is created that can't be easily filled."

Trinidadian Guitarist Fitzroy Coleman, ‘the Greatest Chord Player of All Time’, Has Died

A self-taught musical genius, Fitzroy Coleman is remembered for his amazing chord innovation and superior musicianship.

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.

17 June 2016

The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

RuNet Echo

It’s Friday and today we’re going to write about stickers—not just any stickers, but the stickers that have been flooding the instant messenger app Telegram for the past year.

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.

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