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Big Daddy Kane on music, politics and the secret to a long career

Big Daddy Kane had his first big hit  in 1987 when he did a rap single with Biz Markie, “Just Rhymin’ with Biz“.   He was soon headlining on his own music and the rest is history. Kane sat down with host James Peterson to discuss everything from rappers he admires, to the presidential campaign,…


MSNBC: How Broadway is Responding to to 2016

VIDEO: Jujamcyn Theater President Jordan Roth joins Morning Joe to discuss how Broadway is responding to the social and political climate of 2016 AUG 2016 – MSNBC has a good clip up about how Broadway is responding to the 2016 crazy election. Watch the very interesting clip at the link below. http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/how-broadway-is-responding-to-2016-737287747988


Random acts of music: Why politics and music rarely connect

In Tena Clark’s pointed opinion, there has never been a good combination of political campaign-meets-music theme. Even when Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s infectious “Don’t Stop” during his winning campaign, Clark called it “the best of the worst.” Clark should know. The founder, CEO and CCO of DMI Music has spent a lifetime in the…


Politics and pop music: Will frequent adversaries ever come together?

After Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made his opening-night appearance to the strains of Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” the group quickly shot out a message to more than 1 million Twitter followers that it was “an unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes.” But was it illegal? In addition to Queen, the…


Is politicians’ use of music at conventions legal?

The use of the Beatles song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at the Republican National Convention Thursday led to an angry response from the estate of George Harrison. “It seems like years since it’s been clear,” the Beatles sang in their 1969 hit “Here Comes the Sun.” Unfortunately for musicians upset at the uses of their songs…


Inside the politics of music at the GOP and Democratic conventions

Musicians get political when they seek to change the world around them. Politicians turn to pop music to pump up a crowd with communal spirit and underscore their message, loud and clear. It’s often an unhappy marriage. Preachy pop stars risk being seen as hectoring and lecturing when they make music that aims to do…


Sufi Musician Amjad Sabri Killed

Popular Pakistan Musician Gunned Down June 23, 2016 – Amjad Sabri, a practicer of the Sufi devotional music Qawwali, was gunned down and killed yesterday by religious nuts. Read more on CNN below. JTMP condemns this brutal murder. Watch a video below of Amjad performing. http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/22/asia/amjad-sabri-singer-killed-pakistan/index.html


“No More Lines” Rises From Refugee Camps

June 20, 2016 – An anthem “No More Lines” has arisen from the refugee camps across Greece. The BORDERLESS TEAM of guitarist/singer Stephen Said and producers Anushay Said and Rory O’ Connor told us about their great video in an email, and we knew we had to get this up; watch the video below. The BORDERLESS…


The Rolling Stones Tell Trump to Stop Using Their Music

MAY 5, 2016 – The Rolling Stones have issued a statement telling the Donald Trump presidential campaign to stop using their music at his rallies. Trump has been playing several of their songs such as “Brown Sugar” and “Start Me Up”. According to BBC the band issued a statement saying , “The Rolling Stones have never given permission…


HuffPo: Jordan Backtracks on Decision to Ban Lebanese Indie Rock Band Mashrou Leila

Popular Arab Band Accused by Conservatives as “Contradicting Christianity and Islam” MAY 2, 2016 – Although it came too late and they still couldn’t play the concert, popular Arab band Mashrou Leila that was at first banned from playing at Amman’s Roman Amphitheater were invited back to play by the Jordanian authorities, due to a massive public backlash….

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