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· January, 2014

Stories about Music from January, 2014

31 January 2014

PHOTOS: Humans of Ukraine's #Euromaidan Protests

Take a look at a side of life at Ukraine's anti-government Euromaidan protests that isn't shown in mainstream media.

China's Propaganda-Heavy New Year's Gala Fails to Impress Viewers

Known as Chunwan, the variety show regularly draws tens of millions of viewers every year and has become an essential part of Spring Festival celebrations. But its popularity is dwindling.

Don't Stop the Party: Copyright Issues Threaten Trinidad Carnival Fete

The Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago has threatened to shut down a popular Carnival fete, but organisers and patrons alike now have a voice through social media.

30 January 2014

Circumstances Surrounding Aspiring Trinidadian Rapper's Death Still Murky

Talented rapper Titan Lee-Hai fell fifteen floors to his death from his dormitory building at NYU earlier this week. Online condolences from friends and fans have been pouring in.

28 January 2014

Calypso, Race & Political Allegiance in Trinidad & Tobago

The 2014 Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago is heating up, as a controversial calypso is banned from live performances at a venue whose owner often courted controversy himself.

25 January 2014

Bloggers from Angola and Mozambique Release Hip-Hop Mix Tape

Two bloggers and hip-hop promoters from Mozambique and Angola met online and the result became a compilation of 30 hip-hop tracks from Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and Angola.

20 January 2014

Is the Vybz Kartel Trial an Opportunity for Jamaica?

Jamaican music has always captured the global imagination, especially when celebrities become outlaws. One blogger suggests that the Vbyz Kartel murder trial holds valuable lessons about legal and social justice.

18 January 2014

Chinese Rock Star Cui Jian Refuses to Sing Under Censorship

Rocker Cui Jian, whose song “Nothing to My Name” became an anthem for Tiananmen Square protesters, won't perform at China’s spring gala if required to censor his lyrics.

13 January 2014

Where Soca Music Begins and Ends

The success of the carnival song, Differentology, by the Trinidadian artist Bunji Garlin has spurred public debate about what exactly constitutes soca music.

12 January 2014

Hockey, Diving for Crosses and Other Christmas-in-January Traditions

While Christians in the Western hemisphere celebrate Christmas in December, most Orthodox and Coptic Christians mark the birth of Christ in early January, from Eastern Europe to North Africa.

11 January 2014

Happy Hong Kong