Johnny Clegg, the South African musician who defied apartheid by forming two highly successful biracial bands, died at his home in Johannesburg on July 16 after a long fight with cancer. Clegg's first band, Juluka, began in 1969 as a duo with [...]
On August 2, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a trip to Iqaluit for a photo-op during which he laid out his government's alleged commitment to building new housing in Nunavut. The territory is in the midst of a severe and worsening housing crisis [...]
There are times when, in the midst of a democratic struggle, an artist appears who expresses the aspirations and the anger of the people. The Sudanese rapper Ayman Mao is one such artist. His song “Dum” (“Blood”) is widely recognized as an anthem of [...]
The recent violent protests in Hong Kong have focussed on the alleged unfairness of a proposed law permitting the extradition of criminal suspects for crimes committed elsewhere on the Chinese mainland. The protest organizers claim that the [...]
Songs of Our Native Daughters
“An artist's duty is to reflect the times”. So said the celebrated African-American singer, pianist, and freedom fighter Nina Simone. Today, Our Native Daughters, a quartet of distinguished and versatile women [...]
Just before the June 3 attacks against protesters in Khartoum, the leadership of the Sudanese Communist Party published their view of the complicated political situation in Sudan since the takeover of power by the transitional military council [...]
John Jeremiah Sullivan's essay “Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Means” is a must-read for people interested in the history of American folk music and its contemporary relevance. Giddens is a singer, banjoist, fiddler, and researcher from Greensboro, [...]
There are thousands of musicians who make public statements on crucial issues that affect working people; who compose music to educate and inspire progressive change; and who organize and perform at solidarity concerts both large and small.
Roger Waters defends BDS, Mulligan's quest for protest songs, Save Bristol Bay songwriting contest and Neil Young's Fourth of July.
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