Virginia Vigliar

Virginia Vigliar

Virginia is a freelance journalist and editor based in Barcelona, consults for Oxfam in Spain and the Netherlands, and she is the Chief Editor of WIB. She is a passionate advocate of human rights and freedom of speech. And a meme enthusiast. She has worked in the development sector in Malawi and Kenya and Somalia before returning to Europe, where she gained experience in the United Kingdom, Norway, and Spain. To see her work, look at her website here: http://virginiavigliar.com/
  • Korea Blues- J.B. Lenoir

    J.B Lenoir was one of the protagonists of the Chicago blues scene of the 50s and 60s. His zebra patterned suit, and high-pitched voice could be recognised for miles. Born in Tilton, Mississippi, Lenoir started playing when he was “awful young” as he said in an interview with filmmaker Steve...
  • Linaje Originarios- Condor Pasa

    Emberà is a language that is spoken by approximately 80,000 people. It is an indigenous language of Colombia and Panama and like many indigenous languages, it is in danger. Preserving culture and language is a fundamental part of maintaining a diverse cultural heritage. Progression and technology come with the...
  • First We Take Manhattan – Leonard Cohen

    This has been an incredibly tough week. Donald Trump’s winning of the US elections against Hilary Clinton has been a shock for the whole world, and now we all stand powerless, unable to take this back. As the world tries to figure out a way to avoid collateral damage,...
  • Mississippi Goddam- Nina Simone

    “You don’t have to live next to me Just give me my equality” Racial discrimination is a problem of the present. With the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump filling our tv screens and newspapers with racist remarks and comments, and as police violence towards black people keeps on claiming...
  • Mona Ki Ngi Xica – Bonga

    ‘Mona Ki Ngi Xica’ is part of Angolan artist Bonga’s album Angola 72, one of the most powerful and influential protest albums ever recorded. The album was smuggled into Angola and Portugal, and was a soundtrack for revolutionaries fighting for independence as the Portuguese dictatorship and colonial rule crumbled. The...
  • Boloko (Circumcision) – Fatoumata Diawara

    Born in Cote D’Ivoire to Malian parents, at 32 years old, Fatoumata Diawara is a force of nature. She escaped a restrictive environment in her family and at 20 years of age she moved to Paris to pursue a career in music and theatre. Although she was in Mali...
  • Delivering Truth in Sudan

    In a  recent article about Independent Journalism, Libyan Freelance Journalist Ayat Mneina said in a that she was driven by one idea: that the truth would speak for itself and she simply had to deliver the facts. When working in a risky environment, many journalists are driven by the...
  • Ghanian Animal Farm

    Seemingly a children’s story, which is what the artist claimed to get out of an interrogation, Ebi Te Yie is in fact charged with political meaning. By the time Nana Kwame Ampadu, leader of the African Brothers Band, released this song, its genre, Highlife had been established in Ghana as a major...
  • Latinoamèrica- Calle 13

    Released in 2011 by Calle 13 an alternative hip-hop music band famous for its songs filled with political and social consciousness ideas, Latinoamérica is inspired by a journey that two of the founders of the band took through the continent.  The song was released as a single from their...
  • Time Will Crawl- David Bowie

    On Sunday 10th January 2016, the world lost one of music’s icon.  David Bowie fought an 18 months long battle with cancer, and lost at the age of 69. He was one of the most influential musicians of this era, a man who was flamboyant to say the least. Undoubtedly, Bowie...
  • Zombie – Fela Kuti

    Zombie is not Fela Kuti’s only song with a political meaning. On the contrary, Fela was a political activist who used music as his weapon against the Nigerian government’s authoritarian line and the lack of freedom in his country. This is a song that marked the beginning of a dark period in his...
  • Blackfella/Whitefella- Warumpi Band

    In 1980, Australian musician Neil Murray  moved to the Aboriginal community of Papunya in Australia, where he worked as a teacher. Here, Murray met local brothers Gordon  and Sammy Tjapanangka of the Luritja people, and they were joined by Sammy’s brother-in-law George Rrurrambu Burarrwanga from the  Yolngu people. Murray provided rhythm guitar and...
  • Living For the City- Stevie Wonder

    The minute you press play on this song your fingers start to snap to the beat, it is what I call the “soul power” of Stevie Wonders. Truly there are few who can make you feel the rhythm like this man. . ‘Living For the City’ is a hit single of...
  • Feminist Anthem by Tupac

    Written in 1992 after the death of Latasha Harlin, a black-american 15 year old girl who was unlawfully shot and killed by a 51 years old Korean shop owner who thought she was stealing, ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ touches the topic of the treatment of black women in America. The...
  • Fortunate Son-CCR

    Fortunate Son is a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival (also known as CCR); it was released in the album Willy and The Poor Boys in 1969, during the Vietnam War.  Both and anti-Vietnam war anthem and a working class shout, the song is full of frustration, born from a...