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· July, 2006

Stories about Music from July, 2006

Armenia: Hye Superstar

Zarchka reports on the outcome of “Hye Super Star,” Armenia's version of “Pop Idol.”

Uzbekistan: Revoked Licenses

The Long and Winding Road has a report on Uzbek pop musicians losing their licenses to perform in public after a journalist accused their lyrics of not being authentic Uzbek...

Latvia: Baltica Festival

Dykun posts footage from the Baltica Festival in Latvia: “More specifically, this is footage of two groups from Latgale. Latgale is a region of Latvia that has long fascinated me;...

Czech Republic: Moravian Folklore

Bored in Brno posts a report from the 49th “annual celebration of local music and folklore in the town of Velka nad Velickou in South Moravia”: “Being a Czech festival,...

USA: Ukrainian Sunflower Festival of Detroit

Greg of Reflections on Ukraine writes about the Ukrainian Sunflower Festival of Detroit, scheduled to take place Aug. 25-27, 2006.

Argentina: Music: Alternarama – Destierro

Following the popular release of The Kyoto Connection, Alternarama now launches Destierro, an ethereal album of ten tracks published under a Creative Commons Non-Derivative 2.5 license. The title track, Destierro,...

Serbia: Ceca the Pop Star

Florian Bieber of East Ethnia writes about Ceca, a Serbian pop star, and her new album, Ideally Bad: “From gangster bride to heroic widow and Serbian J-Lo, she demonstrated a...

Jamaica: Reggae aesthetics

Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp thinks about the role of “reggae aesthetics” in the post-colonial Caribbean, and posts a podcast of his poem “version break”.

Cuba: Fidel's birthday concert

Pan-African News Wire reproduces an article from Cuban news daily Granma, announcing plans for a concert to celebrate Fidel Castro's 80th birthday celebrations on August 11-12 in Havana. The concert...

Brazil: Music: Bonde do Role

Atari has a change of heart about the “funk light” band, Bonde do Role and their “party music that’s reasonably fun to dance to.”

China: Rock band

Wonwon from Chinatimes puts up a review on the development of rock band music in mainland China in the past twenty years (zh).

Panama: Music: Gonzalo Horna

Gonzalo Horna presents his blog to keep in touch with his fans and to spread his music around the globe. What is very interesting about the panamanian songwriter, is the...

Argentina: Music: ElectroKant – Vol. 1

Santiago Candegabe has released a new album of electronic music called ElectroKant – Vol. 1, “centered around the image of the german philosopher.” The 13 song album can be downloaded...

Belarus: Music and Censorship

TOL's Belarus Blog writes about music and censorship in Belarus, and about an upcoming Belarusian music event – to be held in Poland, “not so far from the border, in...

Ukraine: Sheshory Folk Festival

The Humble Observer reports on a trip to a folk music festival in Sheshory, a small town in West Ukraine's Transcarpathians: “Imagine Pete Seiger learns Ukrainian and plays with an...

Haiti: Grateful to Wyclef for his World Cup Performance

Collectif Haiti de Provence points to a Le Nouvelliste article thanking (Fr) Haitian-American hip hop star Wyclef for his representation of Haiti at the World Cup closing ceremony: “Wyclef Jean...

Argentina: Music: Voltura publishes EPs under a CC license

More free and Creative Commons-licensed music from Argentina. This time Fernando Casale posts two EPs by Voltura. We are also told that “Hernán Martínez Mosquera, the creator of Voltura, is...

Bolivia: Purple Drinks,Fried Cheese, Hip-Hop, and Elections in La Paz

“Purple Drinks and Fried Cheese in La Paz.” I think the title speaks for itself. Also worth checking out is Dangl's post on “Hip-Hop and Electoral Adventures in Bolivia.”

Jamaica, Cayman: Rocking on

Mad Bull offers a capsule history of his experience with rock music in Jamaica and welcomes the arrival of a new rock station in the Cayman Islands.

Ukraine: Krayina Mriy

Petro of Petro's Jotter writes about his family's visit to Krayina Mriy (“Dream Country”) world music festival that took place in Kyiv this past weekend, and argues why Ukraine isn't...

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