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· February, 2013

Stories about Music from February, 2013

Weary of Austerity, Portugal Sings a Song of Revolution

Thousands of Portuguese people have promised a massive anti-austerity protest on March 2, 2013. Leading up to the date, demonstrators have led a campaign to interrupt government ministers during their...

Trinidad & Tobago's Take on The Harlem Shake

The latest Internet meme craze, the Harlem Shake, in which people dance to the song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer, has now taken Trinidad and Tobago – the other side of...

Haiti: The Politics of Identity

Tande blogs about “the relationship between cultural identity and belonging” and recommends a Haitian musician whose work goes beyond the identity politics and “offers a compelling example of how some...

North Korea Breaks YouTube Rules Again

It's been less than a month since a video uploaded by the official North Korean account Uriminzokkiri was removed from YouTube on grounds of copyright infringement. Now another propaganda video...

Trinidad & Tobago: Suggestions for Carnival

Mark Lyndersay offers some suggestions to the National Carnival Commission Chair, Allison Demas, after her first Carnival in office.

Jamaica: Reggae, Bleaching and Black History

It's Reggae Month and Black History Month…Jamaica Woman Tongue looks at the bleaching phenomenon against that backdrop.

VIDEO: Harlem Shakes Ukraine

Popular Internet video meme Harlem Shake [en] has reached Ukraine. On February 16, 2013, YouTube user Vladislav Stankevich [ru, en] shared a video of several costumed people dancing to the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Calypso Music

Calypso dead? Not quite. Calypsonians and calypso shows being lazy and unoriginal? We have plenty of that. The Eternal Pantomime explains.

A Fantastic Comeback for Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

The International Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad and Tobago is a major highlight of the country's Carnival festivities but this year it also served as a comeback for former winner...

Musicians Aim Fighting Words at the Gambia's Hardliner President

A popular music video featuring a group of artists taking aim at the president of the Gambia's tightening grip on the West African country has gone viral among Gambians home...

Listening to Colours

Original de Vilaweb. Neil Harbisson és primer ciborg reconegut oficialment per un govern i el protagonista del documental guanyador al Festival Sundance 'Cyborg Foundation', del cineasta català Rafel Duran. Harbisson...

‘Les Miserables’ Parody by South Korean Air Force

The South Korean air force's “Les Miserables” parody video went viral over the week, garnering over 2.8 million hits. The video features snow-shovelling military men suffering under a vindictive superior while...

Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir's First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits

Pragaash, the first all-girl rock band from Kashmir, has quit after a local Muslim cleric issued a fatwa calling the girls' behavior un-Islamic. The short-lived musical group had also received...

Malaysians to Psy: “Don't Perform for Corrupt Ruling Party”

Global pop sensation Psy has been invited to perform at an event in Malaysia hosted by Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, but instead of being...

Creating Art to Kuti’s Legendary Beats

Mr. Jaeger has worked on several of Knitting Factory’s Fela efforts including Fela: Live In Detroit 1986, and the Ginger Baker compiled Fela: Vinyl Box Set 2. Wes Flexner speaks with...

Death Knell for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival?

As Trinidad and Tobago gears up for its 2013 Carnival celebrations, bloggers discuss whether this is the beginning of the end of the national festival.

Jamaica: Superpower!

Don’t mind the IMF. Thanks to Volkswagen of America, Inc., we’ve been reminded yet again that Jamaica is a cultural superpower. Jamaica Woman Tongue reminds us that “the Jamaican presence...

Jamaica: Bob's Birthday

Today is the anniversary of reggae icon Bob Marley's birth; a couple of Jamaican bloggers pay him tribute.

When Bob Marley Went to Africa

The film opens on the Ghanaian coast at the remnants of a slave post, the camera then pans over the Atlantic, finally settling on the green hills of rural Jamaica...

Dancing to the Beat of History with Marrabenta in Mozambique

Every year around this time, Mozambicans start the year celebrating Marrabenta music. And in each rhythmic beat the country's identity and history resonates. Find out why.

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