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Stories about Music

12 July 2014

Argentina Relished Rival Brazil's Loss to Germany So Much That Even This Military Band Got In on the Gloating

The Alto Peru Mounted Fanfare Band played a song during Independence Day parades with remixed lyrics taunting Brazil for a loss against Argentina in the 1990 World Cup.

9 July 2014

Peruvian Singer Pisko's Viral Hit Gets People Talking Patriotism

A rock number to celebrate Peru's best features becomes a viral sensation, stirring debate about national identity.

20 June 2014

Urban Pakistani Musicians Jam With a Rural Folk Singer and Create Something Beautiful for the Internet

The video for "Sarak Sarak" was published on Facebook, SoundCloud and Vimeo, but not YouTube - that remains blocked in Pakistan.

15 June 2014

Revolutionary Band Laal's Facebook Page is Now Accessible in Pakistan. Hooray? Not Really.

Global Voices Advocacy

The unblocking of Laal was a minor battle won in the war over Internet content -- a war we are losing.

11 June 2014

This Colombian Campaign Took Reggaeton Lyrics and Turned Them Into Shocking Images of Women Being Abused

Do Reggaeton lyrics objectify women? The campaign Usa la razón [Use Your Head] is asking women Reggaeton fans to be aware of the sexist nature of this music genre.

10 June 2014

For Literary Stars, Life's A Beachside Festival In Jamaica

The Bridge

A relaxed Salman Rushdie, a warm and expansive Jamaica Kincaid, and other delights of the 2014 edition of Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival. Annie Paul reports.

4 June 2014

As Tajik Rap Gets Political, Authorities Resort to Bans and Pressure

Rap often gets much more political than other musical genres in Tajikistan. The authorities respond by banning hip-hop and forcing homegrown rappers to become more "patriotic".

1 June 2014

Maya Angelou: A Phenomenal Woman with a Caribbean Connection

The passing of Dr. Maya Angelou on May 28 has resonated deeply in the Caribbean region, thanks in part to the author's West Indian ancestry.

28 May 2014

Another Singer Arrested in China for Praising Tibetan Identity and Culture

Following Tibetan singer Gepe's arrest in China, here's a roundup of similar arrests along with some of their music videos from YouTube.

25 May 2014

Against All Odds, Yemen Is Happy Too!

The cover video of Pharrell William's viral song Happy was generated with a Yemeni twist, showing the creativity and talent of Young Yemenis as well as their sense of humor.

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