Policy, Research & Politics

Colouring politics with musical tradition

In the world of Thai traditional music, there is a highly esteemed competition, known as prachan, in which groups of musicians battle each other to produce the best pieces. The practice resembles a political fight in many ways.

Bangkok Post

'Russian Google' Restricts Music Service Content Amidst Piracy Concerns

Yandex, "the Russian Google," has introduced restrictions on user-generated content of its music service amidst piracy concerns, although the company has denied a connection.


Congolese musicians rarely provide a critique, but continue to provide solace

The “Indépendance Cha-Cha” is one of the best-known songs in the Congolese cannon. It was composed and first performed by the father of modern popular Congolese music, Joseph Kabasele, and his band African Jazz in Brussels in January 1960 during the negotiations for Congolese independence.

The Conversation

Pop’s glass ceiling: why new female stars can’t break through

In December 2008, the Guardian declared that the music industry was in midst of a new era of female pop star.

The Guardian

Cameroun: Droits d'auteur de l'art musical - Le recadrage du gouvernement

Des mesures salutaires dans le cadre du droit d'auteur, précisément concernant le secteur musical, catégorie B, viennent d'être prises par le Premier ministre, chef du gouvernement.

All Africa

How pop music built liberal Britain

The tents may be down but the spirit of Glastonbury lives on – while the Tories are stuck in the 1950s.

The Guardian

Crackdown Chills Hong Kong’s Indie Music Scene

Just after the rock band finished its set, a squad of police officers in riot gear swept into the industrial building, past the freight-elevator lobby, and through the doors of Hidden Agenda, a ground-floor music club in Hong Kong.

The New York Times

Jean-Michel Jarre: 'We're Living In A Medieval Dark Digital Age'

Having long campaigned on the behalf of artists and rights holders, Jarre was elected president of global creators' organisation CISAC in 2013 and re-elected to serve a second term last year.


Watch 5 Moments When Classical Music Met Politics

Here are five memorable moments of musical diplomacy.

The New York Times

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