Category: Music

Coming up on May 11: European embassies’ open house

European Union embassies in Washington are holding their seventh annual EU Open House. The March 11 event is open to the public. “Enjoy an insider’s view of the EU’s headquarters in the U.S.,” the invitation says. “Learn how the EU delegation and the 27 member countries’ representatives work together. Test your knowledge with the EU quiz and win prizes. Festivities...

Extraordinary modern revival of ancient Chinese culture

An extraordinary example of cultural diplomacy is the annual performance of the Shen Yun dance group, which starts its 2012 show in Washington this week. Shen Yun is known combining classical Chinese dance and music with the modern world in an elaborate and spectacular event. The performing company is closely associated with the Falun Gong, a spiritual movement rooted in...

London: Roger Waters shows Neda’s image at ‘The Wall’ concert

Former Pink Floyd master Roger Waters showed an image of the martyred Neda Agha Soltan as part of his sensational performance of “The Wall.” Waters has been a longtime supporter of the Iranian resistance. The image appears during Waters’ rendition of “Thin Ice,” following images of his late father, killed during World War II during the Battle of Anzio, and...

Zenga Zenga: Israeli-made mockery of Qaddafi speech is big hit among Arabs

A YouTube video spoof of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has tickled the Arab funny bone, even though the creator is an Israeli. The setting, the circumstances, and Qaddafi’s wild exclamations, cadence and gesticulations provided the perfect combination to spoof the Libyan madman. Addressing the Libyan population on February 22 from the bombed-out remains of the place where President Reagan had...

Rapping to the death throes of Iran’s Islamic republic

When a regime is too inflexible to cope with the cultural rebellion of the young people under its domination, the system cannot be expected to survive for long. In a youthful country like Iran, we are seeing signs that the dictatorship of the Islamic Republic is on its last legs. Especially because this youthful cultural rebellion, thanks to the Internet,...

Videos about Iran’s rock underground

From Persian Cats to Yellow Dogs from Jehangir Irani on Vimeo. Yesterday’s post led me to look around for some good videos about Iran’s rock underground, and some research about the Yellow Dogs led to these excellent segments. The first one, above, is a look at Iran’s young people and how they express themselves through music – with help from...

The musical threat to Iran’s regime

How can we take down Iran’s soon-to-be-nuclear-armed regime without firing a shot? There are a number of ways, but the Islamic Republic has been openly betraying its greatest fears: music. Not just the rock, punk, rap and hip-hop cultures that the regime is trying to repress, but all music. Eric Felten writes about it in the Wall Street Journal. In...

Cultural battlespace: Muslim rockers resist extremism

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, January-February 2008 Serviam Al Qaeda has identified one type of enemy that it can’t fight against: Muslim rock stars. U.S. intelligence discovered evidence that the terrorist group had considered murdering top Egyptian performing artists for being “infidels” but decided against it for fear of creating a youth grassroots backlash from Arabs. That decision not to...