Stories about Music from March, 2014
Jamaica: Vybz Kartel's Sentencing
Active Voice reports that Vybz Kartel's sentencing has been postponed to April 3, and that “the Dept. of Correctional Services is to decide whether Kartel will be allowed to record music in prison, and if allowed, whether proceeds should go to the family of the victim Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.”
Haitian-American Filmmakers’ Web Series Invites Women to Live, Laugh, Love (Part 2)
For Part 2 of our post on the soon-to-be-released web series 3L, Global Voices speaks to Melanie Charles, a Haitian-American jazz vocalist who plays the lead role of Gaelle.
The “Happy Voting” Project Encourages Young Europeans to Vote
Drawing on the Pharrell Williams worldwide hit “Happy” and the associated equally renown music video (over 143 million views on YouTube), the Brussels-based film company Full Tunes Production has recently launched on facebook an enthusiastic project called “Happy Voting” that strives to encourage voting for the next European elections. The project...
Why Filipinos Became Early Adopters of Western Music
Le Minh Khai refers to the book of D. R. M. Irving in explaining the long history of Filipino musicians playing Western music: …there was a rich experience of musical contact and exchange between Spaniards and Filipinos that began not long after the Spaniards established their control over the Philippines...
Was Jamaica's Vybz Kartel Found Guilty or To Be Found Guilty?
On the heels of the verdict in the Vybz Kartel murder trial, one blogger raises questions about the track records of the Jamaican police and judicial system.
“Happy” Video Exposes the Other Side of Rio de Janeiro
Inspired by the “worldwide contagious happiness” that was sparked by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy“, as can be seen in hundreds of dancing videos from around the world, Brazilian group of video-makers Jeitinho Carioca (“Shit Cariocas Say”) has created a local version for Rio de Janeiro with a satirical tone. Besides showing people...
What Vybz Kartel's Conviction Says About Jamaican Justice & Dancehall
Since the Vybz Kartel murder conviction, Jamaica has been divided on the verdict, with upset fans maintaining his innocence and others feeling reassured about the workings of Jamaica's justice system.
Jamaican Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder
Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been found guilty of murder. As the courthouse proceedings were live tweeted, social media exploded with commentary about the justice process and Kartel's fate.
VIDEO: T20 Cricket World Cup Theme Song Flash Mobs
Bangladesh is hosting the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and the fever is catching on among cricket-loving Bangladeshis. The official song of the 2014 tournament, “Char Chokka Hoi Hoi”, has become popular, and many universities across the country have started arranging their own flash mobs set to the theme song and uploading...
TZHhiphop – Necessary Noise in Tanzanian Music Scene
TZhiphop is a project that promotes Tanzanian hip hop online: We are the necessary noise in Bongo’s music scene advocating for Tanzanian Hip Hop. This project is focusing on reconnecting Hip Hop fans and the conscious poetry in the lyrics that reflects the apparent hustles of our society.
South Korea: 6th Grader's ‘Frozen’ Tribute Video
Disney's Oscar-winning animated film ‘Frozen’ is immensely popular in South Korea; it has become the second most-watched foreign film as of last weekend by crossing 10 million admissions. Korean fans have posted lots of parody images, as well as Korean artists who have chimed in by singing the movie's catchy hit song...
Kuwait is Dancing and Happy
Kuwait is happy with its very own version of Pharrell's Happy music video. Watch the video to see how Kuwait dances.
Unofficial Soundtrack to Venezuela's Protests: La Vida Boheme
The music of the Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme has surged in popularity, becoming the unofficial soundtrack to the protests.
Trinidad & Tobago Carnival in Danger?
By all accounts, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2014 was a rousing success, but a couple of bloggers have concerns about the sustainability of the festival in its current form.
K-Pop Music Booms, But Censors Still Loom
K-pop is a success story of music exports and glamour, but a long history of censorship and regulation still affects music markets in South Korea.
The Soundtrack of the Syrian Resistance
Music has been at the core of the Syrian uprising since its beginning in 2011, and for the same reason musicians have been killed and are being silenced by force.
A Quick Guide to Trinidad & Tobago Carnival
It's Carnival weekend in Trinidad and Tobago - and one blogger has decided to give a rundown of the main aspects of what many call "the greatest show on earth."
VIDEO: #KholoBC Viral Music Video Fights Pakistan's YouTube Ban
#KholoBC, a rap song sung partly in Urdu, partly in English by comedian Ali Gul Pir and rapper Adil Omar, has gone viral on Pakistani social media.