Yudhoyono’s Song at APEC Summit

It is well known that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a keen writer of both political and non-political songs, as evidenced by his CDs released in 2007, 2009, and 2010. One of his songs…

Fracking Protest Songs Are Everywhere!

An earlier news item about fracking in North America included a clip of an excellent David Rovics song No Fracking Way; now more and more protests, with songs, are happening around the world. In England…

Fukushima Power Plant Antinuclear Songs Proliferate

Further to an earlier News item – Radioactivity (A Nuclear Outcry Song for Japan) many more antinuclear songs have been released. Interestingly the songs are finding their widest distribution on internet social networking sites, and…

Murandak – Songs of Freedom

Murandak means Alive in the Woirurrung language, and this documentary film, released a few weeks ago, brings together some of Australia’s finest Aboriginal musicians performing as the Black Arm Band. To quote from the makers…

Dylan Posts Message About China Setlist

In what must surely be an unprecedented move Bob Dylan has posted a message on his official website about his concerts in China in April. From the Washington Post to Rolling Stone, the message, or…

Chinese Municipality Uses “Red” Songs to Promote CPC Values.

The Chinese Global Times reports that the municipality of Chongqing is urging people to learn songs promoting patriotism and socialist values as part of strengthening links between the citizens and the Communist Party of China….

Radioactivity (A Nuclear Outcry Song for Japan)

Jayce Kingstone has released Radioactivity (A Nuclear Outcry Song for Japan) about the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan. The song has been described as a “clear message to humanity that we are not in control…

Tiki Taane Charged for Performing Protest Song

Kiwi singer Tiki Taane was arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence after singing a protest song made popular by the hugely influential American rap group NWA (Niggaz With Attitude) in the…

Dylan Protests in China?

Both praise and condemnation have followed Bob Dylan’s concerts in China. After a lot of speculation about whether the Chinese authorities would allow Dylan to perform, the concerts went ahead in Beijing on April 6th…