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Stories about Music

Remembering the Mexican parody songs of the former Yugoslavia

A selection of the greatest hits of the 1960s-1980s YuMex wave.

The pandemic killed Trinidad & Tobago's 2021 Carnival, but soca music keeps the spirit alive

"Soca Music is an experience, nothing can beat the feeling you get when [...] you hear that one song that hits you with a wave of emotion."

From COVID-19 to Caribbean literature, this is what the region looked like in 2020

COVID-19 was at the top of the news cycle this year. In the Caribbean, the pandemic exacerbated already existing issues, but also allowed regional netizens to reimagine their collective future.

Fendika cultural hub in Addis Ababa wins major cultural prize

This month, Fendika cultural hub accepted a prestigious Prince Claus Award in recognition of its groundbreaking work in culture and development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This beatboxing Buddhist monk from Japan is making music to ‘reduce suffering’

Yogetsu Asakusa combines beatboxing beats with traditional Buddhist sutras.

Two Tanzanian musicians turn to opposition politics to improve their communities

Two musicians get political in this year's general elections in Tanzania. "As a musician, I'm the voice of the people ... getting into politics [allows me] to bring real change."

Pakistan lifts ban on TikTok with conditions

Pakistani social media users strongly reacted to the ban on TikTok and criticized the telecom regulator.

Dancehall star Buju Banton’s rejection of mask-wearing stymies Jamaican government’s efforts to stem ‘COVID-19 fatigue’

"Please do not listen to Buju Banton [...] in this case, he is 110% wrong. Wear your mask, wash your hands and socially distance."

K-Pop band BTS targeted by Chinese netizens over Korean War comments

BTS leader Kim Nam-joon paid tribute to the U.S. and South Korea in the 70th anniversary of the war. Chinese netizens say he should have acknowledged Chinese deaths too.

Uzbek DJ with a mission to popularize vintage Soviet music

The musicians of the time, like war partisans, overcame a great number of obstacles standing in their way to perform the kind of music they wanted to play.

Artists from Gabon to Mozambique interrogate the meaning of ‘Global South’ in new online exhibition

The "Global South" is a loaded, highly political term. "Where is South?" a new, online exhibition featuring work from 90 artists who challenge notions of "south" through artist books, launches...

Fans mourn the passing of energetic Jamaican reggae icon, ‘Toots’ Hibbert

Often credited with inventing the term "reggae," the legendary "Toots" Hibbert will be remembered for his upbeat, energetic, positive music.

‘Uyghur pop music humanizes and amplifies their hopes': Interview with musicologist Elise Anderson

"Uyghur pop is a source of both entertainment and rich inner life. Another role it can play is in humanizing and amplifying Uyghur hopes, aspirations, and lives."

From dubplates to debates: Election campaigning in Jamaica during a pandemic

With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases limiting the ways in which political candidates can campaign, many are producing dubplates — short music videos promoting themselves — to reach the electorate.

Thirty years after his tragic death, iconic Soviet musician Viktor Tsoi continues to inspire demonstrators

Even younger generations of Russian-speakers who have no memory of the Soviet period are enraptured by the story of Viktor the rebel, who sided with the people against the system.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I

In the wake of musician Hachalu Hundessa's murder, Ethiopia has struggled to come to terms with the violence and turmoil that erupted along ethnic and religious faultlines.

Musicians with albinism defy social stigma and break new ground in Cameroon’s creative sector

Albinos in Cameroon have brushed aside stigma to participate in the country’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. "It wasn’t easy for me growing up as an albino," says Boy TAG.

Viktor Tsoi: The undying icon of Soviet dissident rock

Fans of Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi mark his birthday, June 21, remembering his freedom-loving songs that still resonate three decades after his death in 1990.

Going far together: The East African diaspora steps up to address COVID-19 in their home region

To tackle the lack of information about COVID-19 and a shortage of PPE, members of East Africa’s diaspora in the US are taking action to help their homelands from afar.

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

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