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Stories about Music

22 August 2014

Colombia’s Medellín Metro Says No to Music and Poetry, But Passengers Say Otherwise

Columbians are thinking twice about the treatment of passengers aboard the Medellín Metro, after several incidents publicized online have raised awareness about the metro's draconian treatment of riders.

13 August 2014

Spanish Radio Report Captures History of ‘the Freaks', Havana's Biggest Metal and Punk Fans

This is the music of an entire generation who pushed aside socialism to play the music that they desired, and to dress as they pleased, regardless of the consequences.

8 August 2014

Chinese Soldiers Are Dancing to Viral Hit ‘Little Apple’ to Convince People to Enlist

Some media have called "Little Apple" China's answer to Korean K-pop's "Gangnam Style."

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.

1 July 2014

A Singer Called Her Home Country Guyana ‘Poor’ on American TV. Should the Guyanese People Be Upset?

Lisa Punch has received flak from people in her native country after she called Guyana "poor" during an interview with the judges on ABC's "Rising Star."

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.

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