· November, 2006

Stories about Music from November, 2006

Armenia: Deti Picasso

  30 November 2006

At Life in the Armenian Diaspora, Raffi Meneshian reviews “Ethnic Experiments” from Deti Picasso, a band based in Russia with two Armenian members. Onnik Krikorian has more on the band and thoughts on the Armenian music scene.

Jamaica: RIP, Perry Henzell

  30 November 2006

Geoffrey Philp pays tribute to Perry Henzell, director of the Jamaican cult classic The Harder They Come, who passed away today.

Haiti: Artists to Fight Insecurity?

  30 November 2006

Karlito writes (Fr): “[We] hold the police and government responsible for not doing enough to fight insecurity. But we forget the role that artists can play in helping that fight. One organization that has caught my attention is ONE. An organization filled with international artists whose goal is to help...

Haiti: Wyclef Jean in Concert in Jacmel

  29 November 2006

Haiti-based blogger Yon Ayisyen says Haitian-American hip hop artist Wyclef Jean will be in concert in Jacmel, Haiti soon (Fr): “He will perform December 1st two days before the local and municipal elections. I wonder, will he take the opportunity to stay and vote on Sunday?”

Armenia: Vote Quality

  28 November 2006

Onnik Krikorian disagrees with other Armenian bloggers who are calling on fellow Armenians to vote for Silva in the BBC's The Next Big Thing contest. He says that they should instead vote for the best entrant and let Armenians succeed in such competitions on their own merits.

China: boycotting Karaoke copyrights management

  27 November 2006

Wang Xiao feng comments that the Karaoke copyrights fee management recently proposed by culture bureau is against international practice and damaging local music industry: The caculation is a standardize price per song (via the culture bureau managing system) rather than a monthly negotiated price between the Karaoke company and the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Musical credit where credit's due

  24 November 2006

Applauding Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul's triumph at the American Music Awards, caroline.neisha at the Caribbean Beat weblog expresses hopes that Trinidadian artists will one day achieve similar success: “I don't think our culture needs to be validated or recognised by any other culture in order to be valuable… But...

Puerto Rico: Candela Festival

  21 November 2006

The Caribbean Beat weblog posts an entertaining and opinionated report on the 2006 Candela Art and Music Festival, which took place recently in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Barbados: Thinking about music

  21 November 2006

Introducing American part-time teacher-turned-soca artist Walker Hornung — who also happens to be white — Ian asks the question: “what colour is Soca?” And Titlayo is pleased to hear Barbadian music in an array of genres playing on the radio. “it remains to be seen whether the trend continues past...

Mexico, Portugal, Germany, Spain: Global Sounds

  21 November 2006

iCommons has put together a list of global netlabels that publish their music with various Creative Commons licenses. Examples include Thinner from Germany/Finland, Discoskonfort from Mexico, and You Are Not Stealing Records [ES] based in Portugal.

  20 November 2006

An Arab version of both YouTube and Flickr on one site, called Ikbis, is gaining popularity in the Arab world, writes Mustapha from Beirut Spring. A video of a Lebanese girl belly dancing in her room is among the most watched videos in the site, which has sparked the interest...

Reunion: “Our Creole Stolen By a Guadeloupean”

  17 November 2006

Blogger Pierrot Dupuy laments (Fr) that Reunion will be represented by a Reunion-based Guadeloupean professor at an International Creole Festival taking place in Mauritius from December 1st to 3rd. Adds the blogger, the Festival will feature: “a culinary festival, a conference on Creolity and a mega concert featuring Zouk Machine,...

Latin America: History of a bolero

  16 November 2006

Puerto Rican blogger GuerillaPop unveils (ES) the true story behind the famous bolero “Bodas Negras”: “Bodas Negras (o Boda Negra, as it is also called), which touches on the subject of necrophilia, is an excellent example of how the Latin American bolero can kick the butts of some goth or...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Sevdah Music in London

  15 November 2006

East Ethnia links to the London-based fans of traditional Bosnian music: “Turbo folk, in my opinion, has killed the real values of our region. One of those values is Sevdah music (in its original shape and form). This is why I am putting my best efforts into resurrecting this and...