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From Abidjan to Kiev, the world dances to Pharrell's 'Happy'

 
From Ivory Coast to Ukraine’s Maidan square, thousands of people have made their own version of American superstar Pharrell Williams' smash hit music video, “Happy”. Watch our picks...
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Rwandan women drum up hope in the Great Lakes region

 
Music soothes the soul and brings people together. This idea is the driving force behind Ingoma Nshya, a drum ensemble that has been challenging stereotypes. The group, which is composed entirely of Rwandan women even though drums are traditionally reserved for men, is made up of both Hutu and Tutsi women. Their music spreads the message of reconciliation in Rwanda, a country still affected by the 1994 genocide, as well as in the conflict-racked Kivu region of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, where they recently played a concert. Read more...

Afghan female rapper: “I’ve received threats, but won’t stop”

“I wanted to run and they hit me on the back; I wanted to think and they hit me on the head; they burned my face in the name of Islam, cut my nose for revenge; poured acid on my hands and body; sold me because I am only a woman” -- these are the daring lyrics of a song by rap duo 143, whose singer Paradise Sorouri was the first female Afghan rapper. Read more…

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Concerts cancelled in Iran for “inciting debauchery”

 
In Iran, obtaining a permit to hold a concert is no easy feat. But even when musicians do get their hands on this precious document, the concerts can still be forcibly cancelled at the last minute. That’s what recently happened to two bands in the southwestern city of Abadan, after religious hardliners launched a campaign labelling their music as “debauched”. Read more...
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A concerto on an Israeli tank

 
The Bible says a time of universal peace will come when swords will be turned into ploughshares. For Israeli reservist Dror Gomel, that time is now. The 36-year-old has transformed his military tank into a melodic percussion instrument. Watch the videos...
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Lebanese belly-dancer raises eyebrows after performing on stage with Israeli heavy metal band

 
That a heavy metal band and a belly dancer perform together is unusual enough. When the band is Israeli and the dancer Lebanese, the performance raises quite a few eyebrows. But when the performers choose to brandish their respective countries' flags side by side on stage, you have all the ingredients for a potentially volatile mix. Read more…

‘Film this sh**’: NYPD clashes with hip-hop fans caught on camera

 
Hip-hop fans gathered at New York City’s Tammany Hall in the Lower East Side on Tuesday, June 28, for a record release party, featuring performances from various artists. Part way through the evening the event was broken up by police, who scuffled with concert-goers in the street, leaving five people injured in the fray. Watch the video...

Carrying your music with you, 1920s style

 Are you an old-school musician? An Elvis impersonator on the subway? Does your band specialize in Beatles covers? Then the vintage suitcase boombox –or “boomcase” – is just the thing for you. Read more...
 
 

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Rubbish bin street concert drums up support for the environment

 
Young people in Egypt have picked up the cause of the environment….through street music! Check out these rag-and-bone men and their bric-a-brac band. Read more...
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