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Zimbabwe’s Film Industry Hit Hard by Economic Troubles

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: ArtsEconomy

In the years following independence, Zimbabwe’s film industry was thriving. Now, reduced investment and the recent economic crisis are taking a toll. Even actors with the distinction of being household names are feeling the effects.

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Traditional Gender Roles Hold Female Kashmiri Singers Back

Region: Indian-administered Kashmir

Topics: ArtsHuman Rights

Indian-administered Kashmir has a long history of producing talented female vocal artists. But societal expectations have left many feeling barred from achieving their full potential if they stay there.

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With Glitz and Glamour, Televised Singing Contest Spotlights Haiti’s Young Talent

Region: Haiti

Topics: ArtsCulture

Many Haitian children miss out on school and face serious health risks due to their country’s high poverty rate. A popular singing competition gives them a way to dream about success.

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Amid Historically Low Record Sales, Zimbabwe Labels Turn to Piracy to Promote Artists

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: ArtsBusiness

Music piracy has led to declining record sales worldwide. So why are record labels in Zimbabwe encouraging it?

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Ready to Challenge the President, Ugandan Entertainers Enter the Political Arena

Region: Uganda

Topics: ArtsPolitics

President Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986. Despite his advancing age, his supporters are changing laws to let him run for office again. Meanwhile, his record of human rights abuses is piling up. Now, a new group of citizens is taking the lead in opposing his rule: musicians and entertainers.

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Sharing Secrets: Nepalese Statue-Making Caste Trains Newcomers in Traditional Art

Region: Nepal

Topics: ArtsJobs

For centuries, Buddhists belonging to Nepal’s Newar caste have been making and selling metal statues and figurines of their sacred deities. But more members of the caste are choosing other careers, and with demand for the sacred sculptures growing, Newar members are revealing the secrets of their art to Nepalese from other castes.

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Two Dozen New Murals Change the Picture at Mexico City’s Massive Open-Air Wholesale Market

Region: Mexico

Topics: ArtsCulture

Massive public murals have a long and storied history as an art form in Mexico. With the Central de Abasto – the world’s largest open-air wholesale market – as its canvas, the cooperative We Do Things has brought more than two dozen murals to the walls of the market, despite the obstacles of an earthquake and a shortage of funds.

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Devastated by Earthquake, Haiti’s Theater Scene Rebuilds With New Purpose

Region: Haiti

Topics: Arts

Haiti’s 2010 earthquake forever altered the country, including the devastation of Haiti’s nascent theater scene. Eight years later, advocates are reviving the art and discovering the role of theater in rebuilding the nation.

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All-Female Rara Bands: Haitian Women Break Musical Barriers

Region: Haiti

Topics: ArtsCultureReligion

Blending music and Voodoo, rara bands have long been a fixture of Haiti's Carnaval. But now all-female troupes are bringing new looks and new sounds to the formerly male-only tradition.

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Uganda’s Environment Laws Are Slow, but Artist Is Quick to Recycle Plastic Waste

Region: Uganda

Topics: ArtsCulture

Bags. Bottles. Tires. A woman uses all these to make artworks and raise awareness of the threat of pollution in a country where recycling isn’t widespread.

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