Policy, Research & Politics

Iranians pump up the volume for banned tunes

Aryo, 18, has just enrolled in university. As he drives around Tehran in his father's car, Aryo and his friends bang their heads to a western power metal track.

The Guardian

Palestinians unite behind Gaza Strip "Arab Idol" star

The fractious factions in the Gaza Strip and across the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories have found one voice to unite behind - a 22-year-old youth singing songs about a lost homeland on the Middle East's version of 'American Idol'.

Reuters

Arts proven to combat Alzheimers

New British study proves the benefits of the Arts in treating patients with debilitating mental disease.

Limelight

Pan-African Song to Celebrate AU

Kenya's finest hit the studio to record a Pan African collaboration with Ghanaian and Togolese stars during the Labour Day holiday. This activity was part of the African Union Golden Jubilee celebrations.

All Africa

Song Critical of Pakistani Generals Is Blocked Online

A Pakistani band with a reputation for satirizing the country's military may have finally gone too far.

The New York Times

Music & Memory program soothes, uplifts people with dementia

As soon as the headphones went on and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" started to play on the iPod shuffle clipped to her blouse, Betty Babick was free.

SJ-R

Rwanda: Promoting Intergration Through Music

The awareness campaign to promote the EAC integration within the region has gained an impetus, as the regional music giants finally intervened to spread the gospel about the benefits of coming together as one community.

New Times

South Africa: Music Behind Bars

Offenders are preparing to participate in next year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival, as part of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) offender jazz music development programme known as "Music Behind Bars".

All Africa

100 Years After Stravinsky's 'Rite,' Can Classical Music Still Shock?

On May 29, 1913, the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring provoked a riot: whistling and booing, catcalls and fisticuffs overran the performance and the police were called in to quiet the angry crowd.

WQXR


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