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· August, 2008

Stories about Music from August, 2008

Zimbabwe: Zimfest 2008

Sokwanele blog announces a festival organized by WeZimbabwe in London: “ZimfestIt’s all about braais, music, sadza, beer etc – and raising money for Zimbabweans in need. Tickets are £20 in...

Guyana, Bahamas: The good and bad of Carifesta X

With the tenth Caribbean Festival of Arts -- Carifesta X -- under way in Guyana, bloggers comment on the massive event, its problems and highlights, the politics of art and...

Russia: Anti-War Music

LJ user marchenk posts a collection of links (RUS) to videos of various anti-war songs in Russian, French, English, Italian, German, Hebrew, Serbian, Spanish, Polish, Arabic and other languages.

Cape Verde: Happy birthday to Cesária Évora

João Branco [pt] pays homage to Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora who is 67 today. He quotes her: “I sing for pleasure, I don't believe in dreams or in destination,...

Angola: The president's birthday party or an election stunt?

Edmundo Galiza Matos [pt] comments on the Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos’ 66th birthday party this Sunday 31th, which according to the blogger is just an election stunt. “Two...

Cuba: Punk Rocker Arrested

As several bloggers voice their outrage at the arrest of Cuban punk rocker Gorki Aguila, Havana-based Generation Y claims: “They took him because nothing destabilizes the intransigents more than a...

Brazil: Exploring the “New MPB”

For those who like Brazilian Popular Music, Isaías Camanducaia [pt] picks the top 10 of the “new MPB“, which he defines as “everything that came after Marisa Monte“.

Venezuela: Antonio Lauro and His Classical Guitar

Antonio Lauro is well-known for composing waltzes for the classical guitar. As part of the group Trio Cantores del Trópico, Lauro managed to contribute to the Venezuela's musical heritage converting...

China: iTunes is blocked and it's Apple's fault

Silicon Hutong blogger David Wolf notes that the iTunes Music Store is now blocked in China, assumes this was due to the release on iTunes of a Tibetan music album,...

Barbados: Crop-Over Culture

Although the recent Crop Over celebrations were well attended, Barbados Underground thinks that should not be the only criterion for measuring success: “Cultural development and expression are important to the...

Estonia: Olympics Champion; Song Festival

Itching for Eestimaa writes about an Estonian Olympics champion Gerd Kanter and last night's song festival that “served various functions”: “Ostensibly, it was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of...

Grenada: Carnival is Over

Blah Bloh Blog‘s wide range of photos and video offers a comprehensive overview of Grenada's recently-concluded Carnival celebrations.

Brazil: Farewell to Dorival Caymmi

YouTube user imperadorminas pays homage to Dorival Caymmi, one of the most important songwriters in Brazilian popular music, who died yesterday August 16, aged 94.

Morocco: Saida Fekry's Return

cinema and movies discusses the return of Moroccan singer Saida Fekry, who has been studying film in America.

Bahamas, Guyana: Carifesta Buzz

In the midst of criticisms about the host country not being prepared for Carifesta, Bahamian blogger Nicolette Bethel says: “Guyana stepped in when we in The Bahamas relinquished our commitment...

China: Football Team Welcome You

Frustrated with the Chinese football team performance in the Olympics, Chinese netizens changed the lyrics of “Beijing welcome you” into “Chinese football team welcome you” and uploaded the music videos...

Jamaica, China: Masters of the Universe?

She makes you think and she makes you laugh! Jamaican Annie Paul‘s post on the Olympics is a must-read.

South Africa: Vote for

“Vote for South Africa at the Innovation 100 Awards,” writes Nic Haralambous following the nomination of (a South African initiative to promote SA artists) for the Innovation 100 Awards.

Egypt: Singer Killed in Dubai, Not Cairo

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia argues why Egyptian authorities have no reason to ban publications from running stories on the murder of a Lebanese singer Susan Tamim in Dubai, UAE.

China: Faking the Olympic opening ceremony, at what expense?

The buzz on Tuesday was that two major components of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony had been faked, leaving a very bad taste in many bloggers' mouths.

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