Mixed Media: Best of 2017

What a year! We’re all in need of some light relief – here we pick out the top films, books and music reviewed by New Internationalist in 2017

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018
Daniel Mburu Muhuni (left) and Sven Kacirek (right) against a backdrop of how global trade policies affect African farmers.

Mixed Media: Music

Economic Partnership Agreement by Sven Kacirek and Daniel Mburu Muhuni; Syrian Dreams by Maya Youssef.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017

A word with Nithin Sawhney

Acclaimed British-Indian musician Nitin Sawhney talks to Subi Shah about colonialism, music as a passport to possibility and why he wants to be known as ‘someone who gives a shit’.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017
Going places – TootArd from the Golan Heights.

Mixed Media: Music

We review TootArd, from the Golan Heights, with their second album Laissez Passer, and Live at Ronnie Scott’s, by Nitin Sawhney.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Thea Gilmore

And finally... Thea Gilmore

British singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore’s acclaimed new album The Counterweight was written during the turbulent events of 2016. She spoke to Danny Chivers about music, politics and crying on stage.

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NI 506 - Brazil's soft coup - October, 2017
Saz’iso – about to hit the big time?

Mixed Media: Music

At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me by Saz’iso; Frost on Fiddles by Frigg.

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NI 506 - Brazil's soft coup - October, 2017

And Finally: Jason Williamson

Sleaford Mods’ vocalist Jason Williamson talks to Graeme Green about anger, politics and anti-singing.

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NI 502 - West Papua - Freedom in sight? - May, 2017
The Black Sistaz: Petra, Lea and Rosa Rumwaropen.

The drumbeat of resistance

‘The struggle is in the song, and the song is in the struggle.’ West Papuan musician Ronny Kareni explains the vital role of Melanesian culture in the fight for freedom.

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NI 502 - West Papua - Freedom in sight? - May, 2017

A word with Moby

The singer and musician talks to Graeme Green about fame, frustration and failing systems.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016
Bitori – bringing the banned music back.

Mixed Media: Music

Hopelessness by Anohni; Legend of Funaná by Bitori.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016

A word with Aziza Brahim

The Western Saharan singer and activist on Cuban solidarity, life as a refugee, and making her grandmother proud.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016

Akala

The award-winning rapper, writer, campaigner and lecturer talks to Dan Glazebrook about the myth of white supremacy and the death of racism.

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NI 489 - Humanity adrift: why refugees deserve better - January, 2016

And finally... Meklit Hadero

Stories, silences and songs - the Ethiopian musician talks to Graeme Green.

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NI 486 - The transgender revolution - October, 2015
Electronic beats and a message of peace from Checkpoint 303.

Mixed Media: Music reviews

Louise Gray listens to new releases from Checkpoint 303 and Xáos.

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NI 484 - Capitalism is spinning out of control - July, 2015
Supple and incisive – Thea Gilmore on Ghosts and Graffiti

Mixed media: music reviews

New releases from Thea Gilmore and Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, reviewed by Louise Gray.

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NI 482 - Global banking now - May, 2015

A word with Billy Bragg

'We can change the world, but music can't,' Billy Bragg tells Louise Gray.

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NI 479 - Democracy in the digital era - January, 2015
An unintended legacy: Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship led to musical innovation from Pamela Sepúlveda (pictured top) and others.

The dictator and the popstar

How General Pinochet inadvertently helped create Chile’s thriving music scene. By Anne Hoffman.

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NI 479 - Democracy in the digital era - January, 2015

A word with Angélique Kidjo

Louise Gray talks to the award-winning musician about the resilience of African music, and why she won’t be pigeon-holed.

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NI 471 - The war on whistleblowers - April, 2014

Art is politics

Mark Engler revisits Paul Simon's 'Graceland'.

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NI 471 - The war on whistleblowers - April, 2014

A word with Rokia Traoré

The Malian singer-songwriter talks to about being an 'Afro-progressive' and how politics informs her music.

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NI 466 - Where have all the girls gone? - October, 2013

An interview with Public Service Broadcasting

Using archive footage, propaganda material and public information films to accompany their music, J Willgoose and Wrigglesworth weave together past, present and future. Jo Lateu asks J Willgoose what it’s all about.

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NI 463 - Argentina's challenge - June, 2013
Also out there...

Also out there...

Books, music, web, film and DVD releases all worth a mention.

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NI 463 - Argentina's challenge - June, 2013

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
What's left for the young? January, 2018
Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Brazil's soft coup October, 2017
Brazil's soft coup October, 2017
West Papua - Freedom in sight? May, 2017
West Papua - Freedom in sight? May, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Humanity adrift: why refugees deserve better January, 2016
The transgender revolution October, 2015
Capitalism is spinning out of control July, 2015
Global banking now May, 2015
Democracy in the digital era January, 2015
Democracy in the digital era January, 2015
Organ trafficking May, 2014
The war on whistleblowers April, 2014
The war on whistleblowers April, 2014
Time to rethink disability November, 2013
Where have all the girls gone? October, 2013
Argentina's challenge June, 2013
Argentina's challenge June, 2013
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