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IMC Music World News Issue 07/2015 - 15 April 2015


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Music World News

The IMC Music World News eBulletin presents music news from around the world - brought to you by the International Music Council. The bulletin is emailed to subscribers every two weeks free of charge. It reaches more than 70 countries on all five continents. Click here to subscribe.    

Issue 07/2015 – 15 April 2015

Music World News is divided into six sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.

Music the artform and artists

Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

Whether you're in a convenience store in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, Mexico City or East L.A., you're likely to hear cumbia blaring from a stereo.


The live music scene in Uganda

Ugandan recorded popular music began in 1929 with the British Odeon label, and by the 1950s there were several labels operating in the country, recording a variety of traditional music for release on 78rpm such as The Young Baganda Singers' Party, Kibirige and Budo Party, Nanyoga and Party, and a number of school and cathedral choirs.

Music in Africa

Against “Indie”

The comebacks of many flagship 2000s bands show it's time to eliminate this outdated, insular, and implicitly racist term.


Celebrating 100 years of Billie Holiday's life through music

In a jazz studies classroom at UCLA, the music of Billie Holiday is shaping a new generation of musicians.


Boulez à facettes : de la fulgurance au plaisir, un portrait multimédia de Pierre Boulez

Compositeur, chef d'orchestre, polémiste, théoricien, défenseur de la création contemporaine...Pierre Boulez a laissé son empreinte sur toute la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle.

France Musique

Music Industry

Digital Music Sales Match Physical for First Time

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday.


Spotify, Tidal, Taylor Swift, and the coming streaming music wars

Once upon a time, on-demand, unlimited streaming access to a huge catalog of music for a monthly fee was an amazingly exciting idea, and Rhapsody was the only company doing it.

Fast Company

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Of 2015 In Music

From Beyoncé to big data, the artists and "suits" keeping the beat.

Fast Company

Tanzania: Invest in Music

Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Fenella Mukangara has requested for intensive investment in the music industry.

All Africa

Les maisons de disques se dressent contre Apple et Spotify

Les grands labels américains sont vent debout contre les sites de streaming qu'ils tentent de convertir au modèle des abonnements payants.

Les Echos

Music Education

7 Tips for Teachers to Get Today’s Students to Practice More

Here's some ideas that I have used or have heard other well-known teachers implement. Some of these ideas will take time, but are worth it in the long run...


France: "Priorité à l'éducation artistique et culturelle ? Le cas Zebrock."

Le Conseil d'administration de l'Association a pris sa décision fin mars: un nouveau plan de redressement est engagé à Zebrock, avec des mesures drastiques.


Malaysia: Hola! to more arts and music

The partnership, called the Malaysian Latin American Council for Creativity and Innovation, is a non-profit organisation set up for the advancement of intercultural collaboration promoting arts, education and talent development.

The Star

Ocarina Workshop wins Best Music Education Product award

Made in Britain and played in primary schools across the globe, the 4-hole Oc represents over 30 years of continuous development at Ocarina Workshop.


India: the need of non-film music schools

The Whistling Woods International (WWI) film institute in Goregaon will launch a music school starting in July, with diploma courses in various aspects of music and music production.

Hindustan Times

Policy, Research & Politics

How the forgotten music of the civil rights movement was hiding in plain sight

A treasure trove of long-forgotten civil rights era protest music could have been lost forever if one man hadn't thought to start flipping over old records to see what was on the other side.


Pakistan: DJs and singers silenced with new loudspeaker regulation

In the Punjab province in Pakistan, DJs, singers and show organisers are threatening to launch province-wide protest if Police continues to register cases against them while seizing their music equipment and loudspeaker systems because of a new legislation, the 'Punjab Sound System Regulation Ordinance 2015'.


‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten,’ a Documentary, Revives Cambodia’s Silenced Sounds

For proof of the universality of rock 'n' roll, look no further than Cambodia in the 1960s and '70s.

The New York Times

France: Prime minister intervenes to stop ban of posters for musical trio

The French Prime Minister stepped in to have a ban lifted on an advert for a musical trio called 'The Priests'.


Burkina Faso: La musique pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la politique

Au Burkina Faso, le rappeur Smockey est de retour sur la scène musicale après l'insurrection populaire avec un triple album dénommé Pré-volution.

All Africa

Opera plays on through east Ukraine chaos

The fighting in east Ukraine may have driven away soloists and drained the coffers, but it's still curtain up at the Donbass Opera theatre, thanks to its staff's heroic efforts.


Technologies and media

A Songwriter’s Notebook for Smartphone

Artists often find inspiration in their surroundings. Unless they are quick to jot down their ideas, those can be lost forever.

The music business is starting to think the next big thing is just a computer algorithm away

Identifying and developing talent is becoming a science - and the tool that is increasingly being used to define a hit or a miss is 'big data'

The Indipendent

Steinway’s New Piano Can Play a Perfect Concerto by Itself

The black and white keys move so fast it's hard to tell if Jenny Lin is even touching them.


The Pointy End

The tiny island paradise where 'people breathe music'

There's an old saying which states the Cape Verde Islands are home to a greater number of musicians per square kilometer than any other country in the world.


The world's 10 most expensive music festivals

Attending a music festival can burn a hole in your pocket. But which of the biggest events are the most expensive, and which are the cheapest?

The Independent

Hugh Masekela awarded honorary doctorate

African Jazz icon Hugh Masekela will receive an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa this week, days before his 76th birthday on 4 April.

Music in Africa

When To Clap At The Symphony: A Guideline

There are two types of clapping experts; one that assures you that clapping between movements is ok and that there are really no rules and the expert that says only to clap when the piece is completely finished.

Inside the Arts


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