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[International Music Council] Music World News 23/2017


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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 23/2017 – 13 December 2017

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

Free improvisation: still the ultimate in underground music?

Pioneered in the 1950s by musicians breaking the rules of jazz and composition, free improvisation is still as difficult – and potentially transcendent – as it ever was.

The Guardian

Egypt: Hasaballah, the People’s Music

How a legendary Cairo brass band gave birth to an entire musical genre, which still resonates with Egyptians today.

Al Jazeera

Studio Caroline: The Parisian Laboratory of African Pop

Paris in the ’80s was arguably one of the largest global hubs for African music, playing host to musicians from across the African diaspora and generating an enormous volume of releases that few other cities could rival at the time.

Red Bull Music Academy

Five Ways To Listen To The Music Of The Ancient World Today

We are often immersed in what the ancient world looked like when we visit a museum or an archaeological site. However, the vibrant soundscapes heard at festivals, funerals, courtly feasts, theatrical performances, gladiatorial shows or just while shopping in the ancient world are important to reconstructing the past.


Steve Reich: «en cours avec Berio le jour, j’écoutais Coltrane la nuit»

Dans la musique de Steve Reich, tout se transforme et le pigeon californien devient un percussionniste de musique concrète.


Music Industry

The Problem with Muzak

The music world continues to be exceedingly vulnerable, and there are looming questions that desperately need to be addressed. Most important: How can artists distribute and sell their work in a digital economy beholden to ruthlessly commercial and centralized interests?

The Baffler

How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era?

“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed. We’ve always given stuff away to sell something. But that mindset in the consumption world just doesn’t really stack up…”


Latino Artists Are Behind 7 of YouTube’s Most-Watched Music Videos of 2017

As of this year, YouTube is the most popular streaming service in the world, with over 1 billion users worldwide. According to a recent study, 27 percent of global streaming subscribers hail from Latin America.


How To Make It In The Music Business Today: Improvisation All The Way

Being a professional musician takes practice—lots of practice. But those looking to make a steady living as a musician have to pay much more attention to the networking and management aspects of their careers than they used to.


Malawi: New Digital Marketplace Opens for Malawi Music

A new opportunity for Malawian musicians to sell their music has arisen following the opening of an online digital music market called Maluso Music.

All Africa

En s’alliant, Spotify et Tencent confirment que la musique est passée au streaming

L’Européen Spotify et le Chinois Telcent ont signé une alliance stratégique pour renforcer leur poids sur le marché mondial de la musique. Cette opération confirme que l’avenir du secteur est dans le streaming, notamment dans la capacité à faire payer une fraction des consommateurs venus des pays émergents.

L’usine digitale

Music Education

Teach arts, watch kids grow

Arts education has undergone an immense transformation in the school system. It has become less popular these days, unlike the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM education).

The Star Online

Cantonese opera inspires next generation: art form flourishes in Hong Kong’s schools

Primary and secondary students are discovering a strong connection to their cultural roots when they have the opportunity to participate in Cantonese opera productions.

South China Morning Post

South Africa: Here’s Why Music Education Is Essential For Underserved Schools

“I think it’s therapeutic for a lot of kids to learn how to play instruments and give you a chance to vent, give you a chance to release some of the dark energy that we’re all surrounded by right now,” he said. “I think music just allows another way to escape it or another way to process it.”

Huffington Post

The Flip Side of Arts Education in Cuba

There’s no doubt that Cuba’s Arts Education system is a global reference. Since January 1959, the arts and literature were put in everyone’s reach as part of the Revolution’s new cultural policy and society’s poorest classes had the opportunity, for the first time ever, to see their dreams of becoming artists, dancers, musicians, painters, architects or filmmakers come true.

Havana Times

France: Au collège, une chorale par établissement dès 2018?

Chaque collégien aura l’occasion d’avoir deux heures par semaine; il s’agira d’une nouvelle option comme le latin. « C’est la première fois que le chant choral entre dans les programmes et que l’on fait accéder une pratique artistique à ce statut-là d’enseignement », affirme le ministère de l’Education.

Huffington Post

Policy, Research & Politics

Music education in Africa

Education in the arts is just as essential as in any other field and although many musicians believe that it can taint their creativity and original point of view, there is no doubt that there are more positives than negatives to take away from studying music.

Music in Africa

UNESCO Global Report – Re|Shaping Cultural Policies

The 2018 Global Report analyses progress achieved in implementing the 2005 Convention since the first Global Report was published in 2015.


Banned in China: why some of music’s top stars are blacklisted by Beijing

Katy Perry has no Chinese dates lined up on her 2018 Asia tour despite her huge popularity, but from former teen pop star Miley Cyrus to rock legend Bob Dylan, other artists have found themselves unwelcome in China.

South China Morning Post

‘A New Crowd’ Helps Fill the Philharmonie de Paris

Before the Philharmonie’s January 2015 opening, there were widespread fears that Paris’s classical-music patrons would balk at traveling to a blue-collar area to hear music.

The New York Times

On The Syrian Border, Alternative Arabic Music Brews

The village’s location on the geopolitical map has always been precarious, even a bit surreal. But it has also created the perfect conditions to incubate an unlikely experimental Arabic music scene.


How Countries Around the World Fund Music—and Why It Matters

As President Trump eyes abolishing federal arts funding in the U.S., a survey of tax-supported music from Australia to Iceland reveals a complex, shifting landscape.


Technologies and media

Ten predictions for digital media in 2018

1. There will be blood in the escalating battle amongst premium OTT video giants…

Tech Crunch

Spatial Awareness: Inside the world of immersive sound design

Although the term Immersive Audio (or spatial audio) might at first glance appear to be a cutting-edge technology, the engineering challenge of trying to place an audience in a three-dimensional acoustic space has a long history and several methods have been used over the years with various amounts of success.

Audio Media International

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

For much of jazz’s history, devotees discovered music over the radio airwaves and in library stacks, rooting out old LPs or videos to borrow and sample.

The New York Times

On big questions of creativity and intention

As with other areas in the many realms of public discourse these days, there are times when, for me, taking a gander at the old quotidian chit-chat stream on Facebook has just become unbearable.

New Music Box

Les médias en Afrique et la diffusion de la musique

L’environnement des médias musicaux en Afrique a fort évolué et est d’une grande diversité. Selon que l’on soit en Afrique du Sud ou en Afrique du Nord, dans un espace francophone ou anglophone, les réalités sont multiples et spécifiques.

Music in Africa

The Pointy End

Sónar Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary by attempting to contact alien life with music

The ambitious project titled “Sónar Calling GJ273b” is described as the first radio message ever sent to Luyten’s Star with the help of the EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter Scientific Association) antenna in Norway.

FACT Magazine

The Incredible Sound of Making a Violin, It’s All in the Details

As technology becomes a greater part of our lives and more jobs are lost to automation, it becomes all the more powerful to take a step back every so often and marvel at what can’t be lost.


Love it or hate it, Christmas music has a big impact on our health

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or the worst depending, in part, on whether you’re a fan of Christmas songs.


The best music books of 2017

Maintaining a healthy bookshelf is as important as keeping your records in good order, and 2017 has been a particularly fruitful year for new and updated publications dealing directly with the science, art and culture of recorded sound.

The Vinyl Factory

Le plaisir (de la musique) croît avec l’usage (de la danse), selon une étude

Une étude du Laboratoire international de recherche sur le cerveau, la musique et le son (BRAMS) conclut que danser au rythme de la musique, plutôt qu’écouter celle-ci sans bouger, accroît le plaisir qu’on retire de cette activité.

Le Devoir


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