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IMC Music World News 17/2015

The IMC Music World News presents music news from around the world - brought to you by the IMC

Issue 17/2015 – 23 September 2015

Music the artform and artists

AMDP at Le Kolatier 2015

This is probably one of the biggest "move" for the year 2015. Students from Technical University of Kenya, Institut national supérieur des arts et de l'action culturelle (Côte d'ivoire), l'Institut National des Arts (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and professionals from all across the African Continent will be taking part to these amazing three days of cultural and professional exchanges and formations.


What you should know about Tel-Aviv’s festival scene

September marks the end of summer and beginning of autumn events in Israel.


Hip-hop is the most listened to genre in the world

Spotify has created a live 'musical map of the world', analysing nearly 20 billion tracks to show localized listening trends for over 1000 cities.

The Independent

Mort du chanteur du Burkina Faso, Victor Démé

Né en 1962, descendant d'une double lignée mandingue de griots et de couturiers, Victor Démé avait commencé par chanter dans des orchestres africains, exerçant son métier de tailleur et patientant jusqu'à l'âge de 46 ans pour sortir son premier album – produit par le label français Chapa Blues, créé pour l'occasion.

Les Inrocks

The life of a Bollywood legend

Legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle has been one of Bollywood's leading playback singers for seven decades, providing the singing voice for actresses in more than 1,000 films.


Music Industry

Why Major Music Labels Still Matter

Reports of the music industry's death have been greatly — or at least slightly — exaggerated. Yes, album sales are down from their peak of 785 million in 2000 to 476 million in 2014; and global music sales have fallen by $5 billion over the past decade; and, in theory, technology has given artists the tools to create, distribute, and promote their music without interference from traditional record companies.


Why the Vinyl Boom Is Actually a Drought

That the resurgence of vinyl records has coincided with the rise of music-streaming services is more than just a nostalgic curiosity. It's one of those times when an idea is plucked from the ether by unconnected minds.


Why aren’t people paying for music streaming subscriptions?

Did you know less than 1% of the world's population are currently paying for on-demand music streaming services?

Music Business Worldwide

Le streaming, bouée de sauvetage de l’industrie de la musique?

Pendant des années, l'industrie musicale, paniquée par l'inévitable déclin des ventes de CD, a considéré l'écoute en ligne, ou streaming, comme une menace supplémentaire sur un secteur déjà fortement concurrencé par le téléchargement illégal.

La Tribune

This Was Kim Dotcom’s Crazy Plan to Save the Music Business

Kim Dotcom is known to be more than a little eccentric. The former CEO of the now defunct file sharing site Megaupload used to partake in illegal street racing, stars in his own Euro-dance songs and once owned a car with a "MAFIA" license plate.


Music Education

Singing in Early Childhood

When you sing, you use an instrument that belongs only to you. You open and share a part of yourself through its use. We know that early childhood presents a window of opportunity when children are open to all experiences, as they explore their voices and their relationship to the world around them.


Ten ideas for the singer who doesn’t think they can practice on their own

Grab your music and a pencil. Many of these steps can be done in a public place. No need to head to the practice room (stop using that as an excuse).

Doreen Fryling

The Kabul college turning street children into musicians

After years of crippling cultural and artistic censorship at the hands of the Taliban, Afghan music is re-emerging from the rubble. Photojournalist Souvid Datta visited the National Institute of Music, which is offering street children the chance of a better life.

The Guardian

Let's teach kids to listen

Learning to listen is open to anyone, regardless of ability, but it does need to be worked on – especially these days, when most of us have the attention span of a goldfish.

Sinfini Music

Policy, Research & Politics

Burkina Faso: Music studio bombed after coup

Studio Abazon in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, was attacked in the early hours of Thursday 17 September. The studio is owned and run by top Burkinabe rapper and revolutionary artist, Serges Martin Bambara - aka Smockey (or Smokey).

Music in Africa

United Nations: Right to artistic freedom of expression reaffirmed

Those who suppress artistic expression fear its transformative effect. This was one of the messages delivered when 53 states at the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 18 September 2015 reaffirmed the right to creative and artistic expression.


Risks on stage

The OiRA tools for the Live Performance sector have been developed to give venues, production companies and all those working in the sector a roadmap to address the many health and safety challenges they face.

On The Move

Establishment of Alibaba Music to Lead to “Music Copyright War” in China

Crunch time: the state's desire to increase the protection of IP rights and the market's desire to fully capitalize on IP – best represented by the investments made by tech co's into media content acquisition and generation – are coming to a head.

China Music Radar

De la musique pour exiger le droit de vivre en Afrique de l'Ouest

Onze artistes d'Afrique de l'Ouest, regroupés au sein du collectif Artwatch, se mobilisent pour le droit de vivre et contre le fondamentalisme et l'obscurantisme.


Technologies and media

Pitch-Perfect Ways to Read Music Better

For all the stages of music education, there are many apps that can help.

The New York Times

Billie Holiday, via Hologram, Returning to the Apollo

Billie Holiday often sang about being blue, but when she appears at the Apollo later this year she'll be closer to translucent.

The New York Times

Paris Opera Introduces a Digital ‘Third Stage’

The Palais Garnier opened in 1875; the Opéra Bastille in 1989. On Tuesday, the Paris Opera expanded on to a third stage, this time a virtual one called 3e Scène (3e is an abbreviation of "troisie?me," or "third").

The New York Times

LA’s Philharmonic Is Bringing the Symphony to Everyone—In VR

The promise of virtual reality has long been that it can take us places we never otherwise would have visited.


Aurous veut devenir le Popcorn Time de la musique

Aurous semble plus performant que Spotify et tous les autres services sur le marché. Mais il faudra tester le service pour voir s'il tient toutes ses promesses qui semblent alléchantes sur le papier.


The Pointy End

Musique et santé : la musicothérapie et la maladie d’Alzheimer

L'exposition du cerveau à la musique sollicite des circuits neuronaux très complexes. Chez les patients atteints de la maladie d'Alzheimer, la musique permet de réactiver les capacités résiduelles de la mémoire avec des résultats surprenants.

France Musique

Classical concert etiquette: the new rules

For many people, listening to live music is one of life's great pleasures. But for some, the rules and rituals surrounding classical concert etiquette can make the whole experience prohibitively stressful.

Sinfini Music

Some Emotions Are Better for Creativity than Others

The trope is that great artists feel more intensely than other people, but a recent study done by Eddie Harmon-Jones et al. shows that the more intense the feeling, the less creative we are.

Big Think

How musicians cope with performance stress

Soloists at the Proms perform in front of a live audience of 6,000 people, and thousands more on radio, TV and online. How do musicians deal with nerves when playing to large audiences in public?

The Guardian

While Radio Still Reigns, Concerts Are an Important Source of Music Discovery

Reading between the lines of a new report, it seems the industry could do worse than foster its biggest fans.


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