Policy, Research & Politics

Pianist Lang Lang Chosen as UN Messenger of Peace

China's superstar pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Monday, a role he called more important than his music because it can help improve the lives of children around the world through education.


Mauritanian Musician Talks Extremism

Nouakchott — Maalouma Mint El Meidah is one of the most prominent Mauritanian artists to garner local and worldwide acclaim. Her genre of music rebelled against tradition and spread her liberal ideas in culture and art.

All Africa

Zimbabwe: 'Uphold 75 Percent Local Content Policy'

"We must follow the law and it stipulates that radio stations should play 75 percent local content."

All Africa

Brazzaville, Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano Designated Unesco Creative Cities

Brazzaville, designated "City of Music", is the first African member of the Creative Cities Network, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004 to develop international cooperation among cities that have recognized creativity as a driver for sustainable development.

All Africa

For the Explicit Inclusion of Culture in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Some of the main international cultural platforms, have prepared the document "Culture as a Goal in the Post-2015 Development Agenda", in order to support the inclusion of a Goal explicitly focused on culture in the new Development Agenda currently being prepared by the United Nations.


Tunisia: Rappers 'form trade union'

Rappers in Tunisia have formed a union in the face of a crackdown on using lyrics that criticise the authorities, it's reported.


Why can't we separate music from politics?

Koreans are depriving themselves of the music of one of the most prolific classical composers ever to emerge from Korea — Isang Yun (1917-1995), the tragic musician whose legacy is overshadowed by political misfortunes of the 1960s.

Korea Times

Music and the Politics of Resistance

Were it not for music and the arts, everyday life would be consumed with labor, legal proceedings, payment deadlines, and medical procedures.

Huffington Post

Senegal: Didier Awadi speaks about self-censorship

You can criticise presidents but not religious leaders, says Didier Awadi, one of Africa's leading artists.


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