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Why is there talk of banning funk music in Brazil? – Aljazeera.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

This year, samba, Brazil’s most iconic and widely acclaimed musical style, is celebrating its 100th birthday. About 100 years ago, it was persecuted and criminalised as the music of former slaves and their sons. In early 20th century, playing samba was synonymous with being a criminal, a “malandro”. Many “sambistas” were persecuted and arrested during the Vargas dictatorship in the 1930s and 1940s. Yet its rhythm was so captivating…

The Latest: State-backed Iraqi militias seen inside Kirkuk – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

KIRKUK, Iraq — The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have attacked the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk (all times local): 1:15 p.m. State-sanctioned Iraqi militias have taken up positions inside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk after federal forces clashed with Kurdish forces outside the city. The mostly Shiite Arab militias, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, are viewed with deep suspicion by the city’s Kurdish community. Prime Minister Haider…

Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose power as storm hits Ireland – BBC News

Monday, October 16, 2017

Media captionWinds of up to 80mph are expected to hit the UK Thousands are without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia reach the British Isles. The Met Office has warned of “potential danger to life”, with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock. In the Republic of Ireland, Met Eireann has issued a red wind warning and the government has…

Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Claim: Does He Have a Case? – Sports Illustrated

Monday, October 16, 2017

According to multiple sources, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion. In March, I wrote a legal analysis of this scenario occurring and explained how it would work for Kaepernick and the NFL. The March article details the relevant procedures at play and how they are governed by the collective bargaining agreement. Here’s an update, and 16 key points to stress. 1. Collusion…

‘I’m intact,’ Tillerson says, brushing off drama with Trump – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a “moron,” dismissing the brouhaha as the “petty stuff” of Washington. Though they keep coming, Tillerson insisted the persistent queries aren’t hindering his mission as the nation’s top diplomat. Asked about a leading GOP senator’s comment — “You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state” —…

1 missing, after oil rig explodes on Louisiana lake – ABC News

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rescuers were searching for one person after an oil rig exploded on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, injuring seven others. Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were being sent and officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office were assisting, The Times-Picayune reported . There were “a lot of injuries,” many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expected, McGregor said. Five…

‘Bone Music’: The revival of making albums made from X-rays – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

Music etched onto the film of X-rays was the only way some rock-and-roll lovers in the former Soviet Union could listen to certain tunes. It’s called “bone music.” Now, people trade these old relics online and visit museums to see them. And one Los Angeles record label is reviving the practice. They’ll print their hard rock music on the X-rays of anyone’s bones. “I’ve got music that I wrote that’s pressed on my grandmother’s…

Mipcom: Canadian Telco Bell Media Announces Innovative Music Competition Series ‘The Launch’ – Variety

Monday, October 16, 2017

CANNES — Bell Media has announced its next major venture into original content, an ambitious music competition series titled “The Launch.” The innovative music competition series is a result of the combined efforts of Bell Media and Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group. In addition to being the nation’s largest telecom, Bell Media is among Canada’s leading content creators. The company also maintains assets in television,…

Music: A powerful performance of ‘Norma’ in Palo Alto – The Mercury … – The Mercury News

Monday, October 16, 2017

On opening night of Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma” at West Bay Opera,  I found myself mesmerized by the music The orchestra performed beautifully under the baton of José Luis Moscovich, as always at West Bay Opera, and the singers were excellent, despite the entire mid-Peninsula area being covered in a pall of smoke from the North Bay fires on Friday, Oct. 13. The title role, among most opera fans, is considered…

‘Hip-Hop Vs. Trump’: Day 2 Highlights from Revolt Music Conference 2017 – Billboard

Monday, October 16, 2017

Another jam-packed day of sessions greeted attendees on the second day (Oct. 14) of the Revolt Music Conference — the highlight of which was the consciousness-raising panel “Hip-Hop Vs. Trump.” Live-streamed from the Ocean Tower I ballroom at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, the 45-minute session went into overtime for another 15-20 minutes as artists, activists and journalists — plus an impassioned audience — discussed ways to harness the power…

Music to my…brain – Dailyuw

Monday, October 16, 2017

Erika Morales Music spurs my emotions. It’s what I match my steps to when I’m walking around campus. I can’t help but feel connected to the deep electronica bass of Sir Sly’s “Altar,” having the words of conflict and relief being spilled into my ears. And as this story is told to me through the beats of a drum and the lyrics of someone…

Iraqi Forces Begin Assault Near Kurdish-Held City of Kirkuk – New York Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

Both the Iraqi Army and the pesh merga have been trained and equipped by the United States as part of the American-led coalition battling Islamic State militants in the country. But the other major players in the conflict — the Shiite militias that make up a considerable amount of Iraq’s fighting strength — have largely been trained and supported by Iran. In Washington, the Pentagon urged “all actors” in the…

Taliban Deny Fighters Raped American Hostage and Killed Baby – New York Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

When Ms. Coleman was about to deliver the child, Mr. Mujahid said, there were no doctors in the area where they were being held. “One female child was naturally miscarried,” Mr. Mujahid said. “No one has intentionally killed the child or carried out any other abuse on them. If that was our plan, they would not have gone home with three children.” Many questions about the family’s travels to Afghanistan,…

QB Colin Kaepernick files grievance for collusion against NFL owners – ESPN

Monday, October 16, 2017

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners for collusion, according to his attorney, Mark Geragos. Kaepernick is not going through the NFL Players Association but has instead hired Geragos, who has represented several high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield and musician Chris Brown. Proving collusion by NFL owners…

Music: A powerful performance of ‘Norma’ in Palo Alto – The Mercury News

Monday, October 16, 2017

On opening night of Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma” at West Bay Opera,  I found myself mesmerized by the music The orchestra performed beautifully under the baton of José Luis Moscovich, as always at West Bay Opera, and the singers were excellent, despite the entire mid-Peninsula area being covered in a pall of smoke from the North Bay fires on Friday, Oct. 13. The title role, among most opera fans, is considered…

The Guardian view on the ‘yellowface’ casting row: classical music … – The Guardian

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Hackney Empire in London announced last week that it had cancelled a performance of an opera that had come under fire from members of Britain’s east Asian community. The Golden Dragon, by the Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös, is set in a Chinese restaurant, and has Chinese characters. But the cast was all white. In its statement, Hackney Empire cited its commitment to reflecting the UK’s diverse population on its…

‘Hip-Hop Vs. Trump’: Day 2 Highlights from Revolt Music Conference 2017 – Billboard

Monday, October 16, 2017

Another jam-packed day of sessions greeted attendees on the second day (Oct. 14) of the Revolt Music Conference — the highlight of which was the consciousness-raising panel “Hip-Hop Vs. Trump.” Live-streamed from the Ocean Tower I ballroom at the Eden Roc Miami Beach, the 45-minute session went into overtime for another 15-20 minutes as artists, activists and journalists — plus an impassioned audience — discussed ways to harness the power…

For Weinstein, a Brush With the Police, Then No Charges – New York Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

In the end, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., announced he would not press charges. Once the criminal case was closed, Mr. Weinstein silenced Ms. Battilana with a substantial payment. The case demonstrates how Mr. Weinstein, with ample funds and influence, was able to assemble a counterstrike against the sex crime investigation using the weapons available to the powerful. It also highlights the challenges such cases pose, even…

Somalia’s decade-long battle against extremists hits grim milestone in huge blasts – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

NAIROBI — The death toll from two truck bombs in Somalia’s capital soared to as many as 276 on Sunday as the deadliest attack in the country’s decade-long war with Islamist extremists signaled that the insurgency is far from defeated despite years of U.S. counterterrorism operations. Nearly all of the dead were killed by the first bomb, which exploded Saturday outside a popular hotel near a busy intersection in Mogadishu, sending a…

The Latest: Election tally shows Austria turning right – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

VIENNA — The Latest on Austria’s general election (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Austria’s Interior Ministry says nearly completed final returns show the center-right party headed by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz won the national election, putting the 31-year old on track to become Europe’s youngest leader. Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Kurz’s People’s Party received 31.4 percent of Sunday’s vote, a gain of more than 7 percentage points from the…