In this month’s issue of NI, we hit you with the transformative power of music. We explore the role music plays in social struggles and movements around the world, from the proud defiant rhythms of the Dalit communities in India, to the vibrant power of hip-hop. We examine the capacity for music to energize and and inspire in the face of oppression and censorship. We introduce you to the movements fighting racism, exclusion and injustice with a music infused with meaning. It’s politics with soul.
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Folksinger Ani DiFranco is undermining corporate patriarchy.
mail-order Russian brides are all the rage in Beirut, according to Reem Haddad.
Elections in Africa can be fraught and fraudulent – but are still better than the alternative, says Ike Oguine.
Resisting the brutalization of language, by Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti.
Interview with Stephen Kenny, lawyer for Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks.
Music has always played an important role in Zimbabwe’s popular uprisings. Adam Ma’anit meets Thomas Mapfumo – one of the country’s most celebrated music agitators.
How Australian leader John Howard built his political fortune on refugee-bashing.
Radical music can be a powerful force for change. Adam Ma’anit explores the world of political music.
Political music pioneers Dmitri Shostakovich, Remitti, Víctor Jara, Cui Jian, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Mercedes Sosa and Miriam Makeba.
Julian Silverman, explains how Dalit communities in India use music to subvert the caste system.
A tribute to Nina Simone/strong.
The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?
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