Photo: Robert Caplin

By Barbara Esuoso

The Russian feminist punk rock protest group, Pussy Riot, spoke to an over capacity crowd at an event celebrating Punkfest Cornell, a week-long celebration of punk music and its history.

Pussy Riot, a female group based in Moscow, has “staged unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in unusual public locations across Russia,” said a briefing for the event, which was hosted in Klarman Hall Wednesday.

Themes of the group’s videos include “feminism, LGBT rights, opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they regard as a dictator, and links between Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church,” according to the briefing.

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King Sunny Ade

King Sunny Adé is celebrating his 70th birthday year with a return tour of the US, his first since 2009. The summer tour will include performances from New York City and Boston, through the Midwest and Southwest to the Northwest and California.

Boston Globe interview

Despite writing a book, NPR’s Bob Boilen managed to see 506 bands take the stage in 2015. Among his top-10 favorites are DakhaBrakha—the only world music band to make his coveted list!

Here’s why, in Bob’s own words:

When I look geographically at the music I love, it tends to be based either on the East Coast, the south, the U.K. and Iceland. Geography is something that defines the sound of music and when I hear the Ukrainian music of DakhaBrakha and hear their out-of-this-world harmonies and rhythms, I’m reminded how narrow the avenues of creation can be. DakhaBrakha simply touched my heart deeply when I heard them at GlobalFEST in 2014 and the group’s U.S. return, at the Sixth and I Synagogue this year, conjured emotions of longing and uncertainty with songs sung in a language I don’t understand, but in ways music can universally convey. You can watch them play my desk or keep an eye for their 2016 return.

See who else made his list

 

Emel Mathlouthi performs her song “Kelmti Horra” at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Emel is a firebrand Tunisian singer, songwriter and composer. She gained attention when her song Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and soon became an anthem throughout the region, in particular among young people yearning for change.

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is a musical tribute held annually on 11 December every year since 1994 to honor the year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Performers from around the world are proud to join in celebration of this important event, which features music ranging from pop and rock to jazz, classical, blues and country. The special mix of celebrity, celebration and ceremony makes this event a magical night to remember.

This year, one of the recipients is the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a democracy group, which, according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, made a “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy”.