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· May, 2012

Stories about Music from May, 2012

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Eurovision Propaganda Fail

Global Chaos takes a look at the government-led publicity and international media attention surrounding this years Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Public Diplomacy blog also notes the...

Tajikistan: Persons with Disabilities as “Unwanted” People

In an interview on Mahbub-TJ blog, Ibrohimi Ismoilzod, Tajikistan’s most successful blind singer claims [tj] that persons with disabilities are often treated as “unwanted” people in the country.

Mozambique: Music clips with a regional perspective

Youtube user Niassatim uploaded a series of music clips by artists from the northern interior of Mozambique, in the Yao language, also spoken in Malawi and Tanzania. The videos depict a mixture...

Africa: Music From Saharan Cellphones

Chris Kirkley presents “Music From Saharan Cellphones”: The music on the compilation was collected from cellphones in the Northern Malian town of Kidal. In much of West Africa, cellphones are...

Video: Defying the Stigma of Speaking Indigenous Languages

Al Jazeera's Living the Language video series brings us the stories of indigenous activists and communities throughout the globe who are standing up against stigma and are proposing solutions to...

Tajikistan: Singers Turn to Religious Motifs

In his blog, journalist Kayumars Ato writes [tj] that pop singers and rappers in Tajikistan increasingly use religious motifs in their songs. The use of music for religious purposes remains...

Azerbaijan: Live Eurovision Human Rights Discussion on Facebook

On the eve of this year's Eurovision Song Contest final in Baku, Azerbaijan, RFE/RL is planning a live Facebook chat with Elisa Munoz, Acting Executive Director of the International Women's...

Azerbaijan: Is Eurovision A Rare Opportunity For Change?

With increased media attention on the country during this week's Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, former prisoner of conscience Emin Milli argues that the international music competition offers a...

Brazil: Famous Singer Pays Homage to Her Iconic Mother

The singer Maria Rita toured Brazil with a series of free concerts in homage to her late mother Elis Regina, one of the most iconic performers of Brazilian music. The...

Lebanon: UK Ambassador to Chat on Twitter with Haifa Wehbe

The British Embassy in Lebanon has announced an online discussion between the UK ambassador (@HMATomFletcher) and Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe (@HaifaWehbe), to take place on May 18 at 6pm (Lebanese...

Palestine: PalFest Literature Festival in Gaza for First Time

This year for the first time the Palestinian Festival of Literature was held in Gaza. A group of about forty Egyptian, Tunisian, Sudanese and Palestinian authors, artists and activists were...

Indonesia: Lady Gaga's Concert Permit Denied

After being pressured by conservative politicians and hardline groups, which branded Lady Gaga as a devil worshiper, the Indonesian police announced that it won't issue a permit to the highly...

Venezuela: Street Art on the Internet

Artists and musicians broaden their audience when they come into contact with citizen media. Here we show some citizen videos of artists in the streets of Venezuela.

Armenia: Campaign in Support of Bar Targeted by Nationalists

Following an arson attack on D.I.Y., a bar frequented by activists, progressive youth, and alternative writers, musicians and artists, as well as members of Armenia's LGBT community, Unzipped: Gay Armenia...

South Africa: Remembering Brenda Fassie

Abena remembers an African icon: ‘”The late great South African musical icon Brenda Fassie may be remembered by some only for her infectious hit Vulindlela that took the African continent...

Armenia: Bar Targeted By Suspected Nationalists In Arson Attack

At around 5.30am on 8 May, a bar in Yerevan found itself the target of an arson attack. Popular among alternative types and widely known for its gay-friendly policy, it...

Armenia: The Bambir in Ireland

CHEWYOUROWNFAT reviews Beezzy, a new song by one of Armenia's most well known rock bands, The Bambir. The independent music blog says that the group, now relocated to Ireland, defines...

Indonesia: Geography Lesson For Justin Bieber

While explaining the creative process for one of his new tracks, singer Justin Bieber said that it was recorded in some “random country”. The random country is Indonesia and it...

Africa: Is Faint Medal the next Osibisa?

Bismarck wonders whether the band Faint Medal is the next Osibisa: “After the great Osibisa band which told the African story across the world, people have been searching for the...

Hong Kong: Evangelists Accuse Lady Gaga of Leading Youth Astray

American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga is currently touring Asia with her 'Born This Way Ball'. On the eve of her first concert in Hong Kong, an evangelist group's campaign...

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