• Cande Sánchez Olmos
    Everybody loves music but hates traditional advertising. For this reason, a new trend is emerging: brands are becoming music video directors. These are my five favorite ad/music videos from around the world.
  • Michael Fuhr
    The documentary «Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno» shows how the band Bamseom Pirates uses punk music to resist the social and political absurdities of present-day South Korea.
  • Tendai Chari
    Zimbabwe has some of the richest pastors in the world who made their money by preaching the gospel of prosperity. Music has become an effective discourse for hegemonic constructions of the current social order.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Karachi-based rapper and YouTube star Ali Gul Pir wants to be a man who matters. He attacks powerful warlords with satire and opposes the YouTube ban in Pakistan. For this he received death threats.
  • Jenny Fatou Mbaye
    In this clip from the news show «Journal Rappé» from 2014 Senegalese hip hop pioneer Xuman used the famous hit «Formidable» by Stromae and turned it into a parody on a fallen local politician.
  • Aisha Deme
    Since 2013 the Senegalese news show «Journal Rappé» merges rap with daily news. The concept of the two hip hop pioneers Keyti and Xuman is innovative and creative, as our authors think; and the means of parody has become crucial to the show.
  • Shonegrad O'Connor
    «Esi Mi Dobar» by Serbian rap group Bad Copy tackles issues of contemporary Serbia head-on by providing us with an image of contrast and contradiction. The 2013 video resembles a moussaka dish.
  • Vladimir Lenhart
    The 2013 video «Esi mi dobar» by Serbian hip hop group Bad Copy is a persiflage on postwar Serbia where the true gangsters are not getting caught and no one seems to care. The video shows kids playing with big guns. Exotica or bitter reality?
  • Ali Gul Pir
    In their 2014 music video «Whales» Hail Mary Mallon rap their message by using simplicity: Two colorless, homeless men telling us how it is. A commentary from a Pakistani perspective.
  • Tara Mahadevan
    Rap is slowly moving away from being money-centric to again, being about the music. This is what Hail Mary Mallon completely miss with their 2014 music video «Whales», an ironic view on wealth in hip hop culture. A critical commentary.
  • Shonegrad O'Connor
    Wikluh Sky is part of the hip hop trio Bad Copy from Serbia. In the podcast he talks about making art in Serbia, their video «Esi mi dobar», and about what would happen when Hans Zimmer would call him and offer him a job.
  • Jesse Weaver Shipley
    The song «BRKN LNGWJZ» and its video announce the FOKN Bois as critical, global, political, and absurdist hip hop voices. It marks the birth of international pidgin rap not only as a style once can dance to, but as a modernist multi-media art form.
  • Mutombo da Poet
    When «BRKN LNGWJZ» by the Ghanaian rap duo FOKN Bois was released, I had to watch the video over and over again. It was different from what I have seen in other videos by Ghanaian artists. A commentary.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    «It's like a deformed anger which comes out us», says Wanlov the Kubolor, one half of the Ghanaian rap duo FOKN Bois. With his musical partner M3nsa he talks about their visions and their way of doing art in a religious context.
  • Refantho Ramadhan
    In his photo series for «Seismographic Sounds» on heavy metal band Burgerkill Indonesian photographer Refantho Ramadhan tries to give you a sense about how the government in Indonesia is massively corrupt.
  • Ali Haider Habib
    In their 2014 music video «#Kholo BC» Karachi-based rapper and comedian Ali Gul Pir and rapper and singer/songwriter Adil Omar criticize the Pakistani government for banning the video-sharing site YouTube.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Auch 40 Jahre nach dem Ende der Kulturrevolution ist die chinesische Popkultur voll von Mao Zedong und im chinesischen Internet bekommt die damals etablierte Propagandamusik neuen Aufwind. Eine Suche nach neuen Helden.
  • Adam Harper
    Dux Content is one of the less well known but arguably most interesting acts under the umbrella of the controversial new London-based label PC Music. The first of two commentaries on their colorful music video «Life Style».
  • Daniel J. Gilman
    Sha‘ban ‘Abd al-Rahim is the most famous Egyptian singer to comment on politics in the contemporary era. His political statements impress fans. Egyptian governments, however, have treated him as a distasteful but useful tool.
  • Cande Sánchez Olmos

    «In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power.

  • Wayne Marshall
    A kaleidoscopic tumble through decades of international street fashion, the video clip «Champs-Élysées» by Bonnie Banane poses puzzles about class and style. It’s not clear that it transcends the pitfalls of classface minstrelsy, or even gives a shit.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    When Mainstream Pop Sounds get manipulated with cheap audio software, cut-up in bits and pieces, pimped with audio effects, we get exited – at least at times. Is this music dramatizing the decline of good taste at the hands of modernity? A Round-Up.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Rapper Ali Gul Pir from Karachi has a lot of courage. His video clips about feudal lords and against the YouTube ban in Pakistan inspired hot controversies. Gul Pir received death threats. «I want to be a man who mattered», he says in this interview.
  • Kay Thompson
    «Pata Pata» is about women who run from their relationship problems by consuming, as the Nigerians did in the 1970's due to the alienation from their government.
  • Christian Werthschulte
    Solange Pop seine eigenen Spielregeln thematisiert, wird schon etwas Gutes herauskommen – für Ariel Pink oder das britische Künstlerkollektiv PC Music gilt diese Formel nicht mehr.
  • Georg Milz
    In seiner satirischen Nachrichtensendung Journal Rappé macht der senegalesische Rapper Xuman News aus Politik, Religion und Sport strassenkompatibel.
  • Syndicate
    The audio-visual collective Syndicate sent us a highly varied journey through beautiful and well produced pictures and some lo-fi aesthetics from Singapore. We even stop by the Taoist Disneyland of Haw Par Villa.
  • Holger Schulze
    Scholar Holger Schulze from Lüneburg is focussing on really heavy videos from trash to rave with a great deal of irony and parody – a real counterpoint to the first round of German video clips some weeks ago.
  • Kevin Elamrani
    From techno to hip hop – from animation to satire. Kevin Elamrani, a young video artist from Paris, shows us a selection of eclectic videos with singular atmospheres from France, starting with a nightly party at your friends place.
  • Christoph Jacke
    Deutsche Bands gehen «Huckepack» und inszenieren Video-Clips anderer Bands. Trümmer und Tocotronic machens in Clips von den Goldenen Zitronen und den Nerven vor. Daneben geht es in dieser Videoliste um Planung und Gentrifizierung.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    What happens to Exotica when unfamiliar sounds are only few mouse-clicks away? Is listening to «foreign» music a private matter or a political activity? An email interview with scholar Martin Stokes.
  • Tatjana Rauls
    The video production industry in Cameroon (Cameroun) is booming like never before. This a compilation of 5 videos that were or are some the hits the young teens love to watch nowadays.
  • Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
    «Coz Ov Moni II» is the 2nd pigdin musical in African history. The FOKN Bois from Ghana are commenting on their country: congregational chapels, commercialization, corruption.
  • Ted R. Swedenburg
    The documentary «Electro Chaabi» by Hind Meddeb and the Electro-Sha'abi-night pulls into the wild world of Mahragan, the popular party-sound of Cairo's suburbs. Context and backgrounds.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Der Elektronika-Produzent Kadebostan mischt Melodien und Rhythmen aus Weissrussland und Südosteuropa mit elektronischen Beats und Ohrwurm-Pop.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Duboka Ilegala («Deep Illegal») perform trash-hop, a genre that mixes low and dark, live played trip-hop, with symbols and markers of Serbian trash-turbo culture.
  • Stefan Franzen
    Wanlov The Kubolor, ghanaisch-rumänischer Herkunft, läuft barfuss durch die Strassen Accras mit Rastamähne und Rock, eckt in TV-Sendungen an und schockiert durch spielerisch-derbes Vokabular.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Politische Ereignisse werden immer wieder von Musik untermalt. Nicht immer aber sind die lautesten Stimmen auch die spannendsten.
  • Jeroen Groenewegen
    After twenty years of frustration and marginality, Zuoxiao Zuzhou recently reinvented himself as trickster and became a cult-hero.
  • Michael Spahr
    Lö Trösenbecks Doktrin zum Lo-Fi-Filmemachen.
  • Wendy Hsu
    The Kominas sind Meister der Punk-Satire. Der Dokumentarfilm «Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam» verfolgt die Band auf ihrer Tournee durch die USA und nach Pakistan.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Das Kapstadter Kollektiv Die Antwoord hat sich dank seiner Schrägheit, Selbstironie via Facebook zur Kultband gemausert. Jetzt liegt das erste Album der Gruppe vor.
  • Keith Kahn-Harris

    During my time doing research on the Israeli metal scene in 1998 I heard an interesting story: Apparently an Israeli metal fan was doing his military service in an undercover unit in Hebron. Every day he was woken up early by the call to prayer from a nearby minaret.