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· August, 2012

Stories about Music from August, 2012

31 August 2012

Turkmenistan: Hip-Hop Key to Regime Survival

Venezuela: Preserving the Oral Traditions of the Plains

The oral traditions of the plains are brilliant protagonists of the culture that has spread to other regions of Venezuela. Many natives of the Venezuelan plains use social networks and...

29 August 2012

South Korea: K-Pop Video ‘Gangnam Style’ Goes Viral Internationally

South Korean singer Psy's tune 'Gangnam Style' has gone viral internationally, with its YouTube video surpassing 70 million hits as of today. This has got many Koreans talking and the...

26 August 2012

Poland: Interview with Adam Dobrzynski, GV Translator and Heavy Metal Musician

An interview with Adam Dobrzynski, a member of the heavy metal band "Wanderer" and a translator for GV Poland.

21 August 2012

Puerto Rico: In Conversation with Calle 13's “Residente” René Pérez

It's hard to imagine anyone betting on Calle 13‘s success back in 2005, as the popular Puerto Rican group prepared to release their eponymous debut. Back then, reggaeton was still...

20 August 2012

Video: ‘I Was Here’ Campaign – Small Actions to Change the World

Join us as we see how small actions can change the world through the 'I Was Here' campaign for the United Nations World Humanitarian Day. The UN and American singer...

South Korea: Controversial Launch of Online Music Video Rating

South Korean authorities have launched a new ratings system for music videos posted online. The new bill requires every music video (or promotional video) and even movie trailers to be...

17 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

RuNet Echo

'The judge said one of the reasons for a “real sentence” was to “caution others”. ' - Russian and anglophone Twitter users respond to the guilty verdict and two-year prison...

15 August 2012

Colombia: Salsa Musician Jairo Varela Dies

On August 8, Colombian musician Jairo Varela Martinez died at the age of 62. Varela is known for founding the famous salsa band Grupo Niche. There were many comments on...

11 August 2012

Venezuela: Flirtatious ‘Joropo’ of the Plains

Of the musical genres that constitute the folklore of the plains of Venezuela, the joropo has long been the most characteristic of this part of the country. This type of...

8 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot Doomed by its own Supporters?

RuNet Echo

Recent online coverage of the Pussy Riot trial makes it seem as if all of Russia is mobilized in protest against the inordinately harsh treatment the three arrested band members...