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An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.

Nina Simone

Tribute to a folk legend – Woody Guthrie, a radical icon
Saturday, 16 July 2022 10:57

Tribute to a folk legend – Woody Guthrie, a radical icon

Written by Culture Matters
in Music
To mark the 110th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birthday on July 14, 1912, here is an edited version of an interview with Bobbi and Steve Siegelbaum from the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus New York, by Randolph Oechslein and Eva Petermann. It was first published in 'Unsere Zeit' (UZ), the weekly paper…
Culture for All: Why Choirs Matter
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 24 May 2022 08:07

Culture for All: Why Choirs Matter

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Written by Culture Matters
As part of the Culture for All series, supported by the Communication Workers Union, we're proud to present a short film about why choirs matter, by Boff Whalley.
Culture for All: Why Jazz Matters
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 11 April 2022 12:01

Culture for All: Why Jazz Matters

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Written by Culture Matters
 As part of the Culture for All series, supported by the Communication Workers Union, we're proud to present a short film about jazz written by Chris Searle, with voiceover provided by Mike Quille. Why Jazz Matters by Chris Searle I grew up in the skiffle and trad era of the…
The spirit of Victor Jara lives on in Wales
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 17 March 2022 20:02

The spirit of Victor Jara lives on in Wales

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Written by Pete Godfrey
From August 5th to the 7th, Wales will reverberate to the unlikely sounds of Latin American music with a distinctly political twist as the El Sueño Existe festival – ‘The Dream Lives on’ – is celebrated among the green hillsides of Machynlleth (SY20 8ER). The festival, inspired by the music…
Gutsy, Punkish Sound-Bombs: On the Radicalism of Fontaines D.C.
Wednesday, 23 February 2022 10:43

Gutsy, Punkish Sound-Bombs: On the Radicalism of Fontaines D.C.

Written by Ciaran O Rourke
in Music
On a red carpet in February 2020, Grian Chatten, the front-man and vocalist for Fontaines D.C., was asked about the recent general election in Ireland, which had seen a historic plummeting of support for both of the traditionally dominant (centre-right) parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. The election was proof,…
Lingering tones in the face of capitalist realism
Saturday, 11 December 2021 10:06

Lingering tones in the face of capitalist realism

Written by Ben Lunn
in Music
Historically, lefties in the arts are as numerous as there are days in history. However, since the Cold War these numbers have dwindled as liberalism, postmodernism, or anarchism have become the trendy oppositional voice in the arts. Thanks in part to Corbyn, the left has seen a militant resurgence which…
La Musica Sandinista
Saturday, 20 November 2021 11:25

La Musica Sandinista

Written by Ben Lunn
in Music
On the 7th November, the Nicaraguan people went to the polls. Though met by the outcry of ‘sham’ and other nonsensical accusations, the Nicaraguan people returned Daniel Ortega to office, continuing the renewed Sandinista Government’s rule. Since then, Britain, Canada, and other lackeys of the US have stamped up their…
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