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US Home Land Security Shutting Down Hip Hop Websites?

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday something very disturbing took place… Homeland Security along with ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) , the Department of Justice and the National Intellectual Property Rights Co-ordinating Center seized over 80 websites including popular Hip Hop websites RapGodfathers.com, dajaz1.com and Onsmash.com. These Hip Hop sites were accused of copyright violations, which is crazy, because their popularity rested in the fact that they mostly worked with artists to promote their work and help establish a buzz.
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The Orb are now back in the big spot light

The man behind the electronic dance group, Alex Paterson, says it’s ironic that after all these years (he founded the group in 1988) they’ve hit the ‘big time’ with the release of Metallic Spheres, their latest album which features David Gilmour on guitar.
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Britain’s disco granny rocks the wheels of steel in LA clubland

Giving a whole new meaning to Lady Gaga, a British granny is proving you’re never too old to get down, rocking top clubs on both sides of the Atlantic as a DJ at the grand old age of 69.
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Papua Hip Hop songs of Independence

The struggle towards independence Papua from Indonesian was held not only by arms and diplomacy, but also songs.

As the video apparatus violence against the people of Papua, which tarnished the reputation of Indonesia, the struggle of the Papuan songs this time are also distributed through the YouTube site.
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Is Jamaican Dancehall Dead by Clyde McKenzie

I think we owe a debt of gratitude to Charles Campbell for continuing a discussion started on a blog post by Dennis Howard on the state of Dancehall. Howard in his thesis posits that modern Jamaican popular music has now entered the post Dancehall phase and that this is all for the good given the enormous baggage he believes Dancehall had been carrying over the years.
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Was Jimi Hendrix the greatest guitarist of all time? Next month will be 40 years since his death

On the morning of 21 September 1966, a Pan Am airliner from New York landed at Heathrow, carrying among its passengers a black American musician from a poor home. Barely known in his own country and a complete stranger to England, he had just flown first class for the first time in his life. His name was James Marshall Hendrix.
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Salman Ahmad is the ‘Bono of Pakistan’

Salman Ahmad has earned his swagger. Founder of South Asia’s longest-lasting band Junoon, he has a worldwide following of “Junoonis,” and has performed in recent years with the likes of Alicia Keys, Sting, Melissa Etheridge and Wyclef Jean.

Yet when Ahmad answers the phone from his home in Rockland County, N.Y., there is little of that rock star attitude. He is gracious, opinionated and says “thank you” half a dozen times through the interview.

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