Amanda Fucking Palmer is loud, so loud it might seem like she’s screaming for attention – and some people on the Internet hate her for it. But guess what? She has a lot of things to say. This has never been more evident than on Palmer’s third solo album, aptly
How Techno music can be militant
Techno is a form of electronic music that emerged in the United States in the mid-1980s. During the 1990s, techno developed into a real musical culture thanks to the welcome that England and especially Germany had for the artists of Detroit. Militant since its first days, the techno community has
The political playlist of 2019
What‘s most significant about 2019? It is arguably the rise in demonstrations. People marching on the streets for their political aims and beliefs. Especially the “Fridays for Future” movement grew in it’s dimension and is still finding more and more supporters. Alongside demonstrations, what is another important form of expression
Sámi music and activism: a historic and contemporary struggle
The joik is the traditional music of the Sámi, the indigenous people of northern parts of the Fennoscandian Peninsula. It’s scales differ from those of Western music, it is purely vocal and if it includes instruments, it’s drums – at least that’s how it’s been for generations. Now a new
Eurovision: Can you stay away from politics?
In this edition we can see numerous examples of how music and (international) politics interlink. To date, music can be used as a way to mobilise people for the support of government organisations or revolutions. It is a means of supporting and expressing an identity, through national anthems or resistance
Concerts for change: the rhythms of rock, politics and democracy
Art is not always free from politics, music and politics overlap, which can be examined in many different ways. Political statements are expressed through music, intentions disguised in notes. What’s more, concerts of musicians with a specific political opinion are used for gatherings of certain political groups. This article talks
Rap music as a political message
Rap music which is mostly considered as a scandalous art can be the subject of curiosity. Actually, by nature rap constitutes a tool for contestation and can carry out a political message. Origin and characteristics of rap Rap music can be defined as a cultural movement born in the seventies
Mahraganat: How a New Musical Genre Emerged in Egypt
Amidst the turmoil of the Arab Spring and political crises in Egypt, a new musical genre is on the rise, one of many that swept the Islamic world in the last couple of years. We take a look at these developments.