music

  • Tom Lehrer – Pollution

    Seldom do the circumstances require and endorse the use of the adverb “seldom”, furthermore repeatedly, and even more seldom do the circumstances require and endorse the use of the noun “glee”, furthermore appealing to its original definition, namely a seldom felt emotional state of unconditional delight, happiness, exultation, jubilance....
  • The making of a creative debate in Tunisia

    Tunisia has recently shown promising achievements, such as the new law against gender-based violence that was passed at the end of July 2017, making Tunisia the leading country in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region in women’s rights. However, the fact that the political revolution in Tunisia...
  • I was born in Palestine – Emel Mathlouthi

    “Emel Mathlouthi’s voice feels as if a bird’s heart was set on fire by the deepest point of the ocean, a fire that none can extinguish except the highest point of the sky. But the bird does not want its heart to stop burning, so the wind can keep...
  • Robert Wyatt – Lullaby for Hamza

    According to Shakespeare’s King Lear, “when we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools”. After coming into this world on the 17th of January 1991, amidst the start of the bombardment of Iraq during the Gulf war, Hamza al-Ghanem cried relentlessly for...
  • Prisoner for an idea

    ‘Any person who is physically restrained (by imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of words or symbols) an opinion which he honestly holds and which does not advocate or condone personal violence’. (Amnesty International founder Peter Berenson coining and defining the expression ‘Prisoners of Conscience” in a...
  • Cultures meet

    I met Sana Jlassi and Chouaib Brik, the masterminds behind Art Solution, the pioneering Tunisian association for urban culture and art founded in 2011, in the creative base of the association in Tunis. This space for creative expression and innovation, the Tag Store, made for a great setting for...
  • Songs of cultural resilience

    The Garinagu (plural of Garifuna) of Belize are an indigenous group with a history that is as similar as it is different from that of other indigenous groups. Every Easter Saturday since 2014, Hopkins Village in western Belize, comes alive, in a celebration of the culture of the Garinagu....
  • 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...
  • The evolution of calypso and birth of soca music

    In the first of this three-part series dedicated to Calypso History Month, we learned that calypso is a genre of music which has played a very important role in the processes of confrontation, revolution, and revival in the Caribbean, as well as the invention and establishment of the Caribbean...
  • From the sugar fields to the carnival

    “…all Caribbeans know, more or less intuitively that in the final analysis, the only sure possession the undertow of history has left them is their paradoxical culture.” – Antonio Benitez Rojo Out of the ashes, we rise. Darkness will always make way for the dawn, and just as mother...
  • 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...
  • In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley

    The story behind the meaningful song “In the Ghetto” comes from the childhood of its writer Mac Davis, an American country music singer and songwriter. But the voice that made it famous was that of the King of Rock’n Roll, Elvis Presley. In very few occasions Elvis used his music to pronounce strong...
  • 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...
  • I Was Me – Imagine Dragons

    When Imagine Dragons was approached to be a part of the One4 Project, the message behind ‘I Was Me’ came to them immediately. According to Dan Reynolds, lead singer and writer of ‘I Was Me’, ‘the song is about trying to regain your life, which is what millions of...