We got tipped off about this interesting program happening in Colombia in January 2020. For anyone interested in Colombian music history, human rights and the power music can have in affecting social change should definitely check this out.
”By the end of the program, delegates will:
1) Understand music as a form of artistic expression. 2) Formulate concepts of group and individual rights in Colombia and how these rights are controlled by the state. 3) Identify genres of contemporary music in Colombia, specifically Champeta, Hip-hop, Vallenato, and Cumbia. 4) Understand how political and social forces have shaped the musical landscapes in Colombia.”
Halldór is the managing editor of Shouts – Music from the Rooftops!, an investigative journalist, audio engineer and an animal rights activist on a nomad journey through Europe – still without a definite destination.
One of the regulars featured here at Shouts comes out of Western Australia. Charlie Mgee is the driving force behind the band Formidable Vegetable and a green force himself. We recently interviewed him as the band just released their 3rd full length album.
Charlie believes in making music that matter, that informs and that educates. It is protest music but it is also so much more. It is inspiring in a broad sense of the term.
Some days ago, Charlie made his way to Perth in a vegetable-oil-fueled truck to give a TED talk about music, memory and permaculture, among other things. Check it out and check out Formidable Vegetable’s new album – it’s quite brilliant.