· April, 2008

Stories about Music from April, 2008

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada: iTunes Boycott

  9 April 2008

“In another blow to the controversial dancehall music industry, iTunes Canada has pulled several songs from major Jamaican dancehall singers…which contain lyrics glorifying violence against gays”: Caribbean Beat Blog says that the Jamaican government appears unfazed.

Jamaica: Film Without Music?

  7 April 2008

“After Rita Marley sold her book to The Weinstein Company as basis for a Bob Marley biopic, she says the deal did not include any rights to the Legend's music…”: Abeng News Magazine reports.

Mexico: Emo Youth Become Targets of Attacks

  4 April 2008

Across Mexico, youth part of an "emo" culture have been the targets of attacks by groups, who may have been incited by a popular television personality. The easily identifiable youth may have been targeted due to their dress, taste in music or other stereotypes. Local bloggers have provided coverage from the very first incidents, pro-active protests, and other reactions.

Kazkahstan: Ethno-Rock Band Tours USA

Nyura reports that Kazakhstan's first “experimental neo-traditional ethno-rock” band, Roksonaki, is finishing up their Nauryz 2008 tour in the Washington D. C. area, where they have done 3-4 day residencies at several different universities, visited schools, and most of the concerts have been free.

Venezuela: A Month for Farewells – Part I

  1 April 2008

Even though two of Venezuela's prominent artists passed away in late 2007 and in early 2008, the month of March was a time when many gathered to pay tribute to Aldemaro Romero and Adriano González León. This is the first in a two-part series that takes a look at how Venezuelan bloggers honored the legacy of these two artists.

Peru: Opera Singer To Close Central Square in Lima

  1 April 2008

Laslo Rojas does not think that the Main Plaza in Lima, Peru should be closed for the wedding of the opera singer, Juan Diego Florez [es], which is scheduled to take place on April 5. The opera singer had indicated that the central square would not be closed, but rather...

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