Policy, Research & Politics

Injecting a little music into Japanese politics

“Let’s not put politics into music.” Despite the line’s popularity, however, music and politics in Japan have rarely been closer.

Japan Times

Tbilisi and the politics of raving

In Georgia's capital city, dance music is the soundtrack to social change.

Resident Advisor

L'Autriche annule des concerts «politiques» de musique turque

Après l'interdiction de meetings politiques pro-Erdogan en Europe, les événements culturels sont désormais dans le viseur des autorités.


World music in the era of travel bans

Such an anti-orthodox perspective renders the idea of “world music” as a signifier of undistilled folk traditions obsolete and celebrates the promiscuity of sounds migrating between cultures.

New Music Box

YouTube Plans Policy Changes After LGBTQ Video Controversy

YouTube Plans Policy Changes After LGBTQ Video Controversy.

Rolling Stone

The politics of being Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry insisted he didn’t write political songs. He couldn’t afford to. “I made records for people who would buy them,” Berry said. “No color, no ethnic, no political—I don’t want that, never did.”


Mexico: Narcocorrido musician killed for singing to the wrong cartel

Sánchez, the 22-year-old guitarist and back-up vocalist of the band, was killed the night of 3 March outside his friend’s house in the city’s Buenos Aires neighborhood; he was accompanied by another member of the band who survived the attack by hiding.


Country Music, Politics & the Lingering Fear of 'Getting Dixie Chicked'

The cliche goes that country is all about the song, but one of the seismic events in the genre's recent history actually had nothing to do with music.


Long-awaited concert music to Saudi ears

Legendary Arab singer Rashed Al-Majed gave his fans three encores in the Saudi capital Thursday night. Why not? They had waited about three decades for such a show.

Arab News

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