What to Wear in India: an Existential Guide

What to Wear in India: an Existential Guide

Much is written about what to wear in India, less about why. There are strict expectations from women in regards to clothing that many western women choose not to follow ...
Black Muslim in the USA - The Hidden Truth Beneath Our Eyes

Black Muslim in the USA – The Hidden Truth Beneath Our Eyes

Dig deep into the Black Muslims in the USA through their past and present. Nation of Islam, civil rights movement, and even hip-hop music—Islam interweave itself into the social, political, and cultural ...
How Language Cannot Stand Alone – Enter the Loanword

How Language Cannot Stand Alone – Enter the Loanword

What is a loanword? Well, just like the name, a loanword loans or borrows words from other languages ...
Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

[Jakarta, LTTW] Journalism operates within the freedom of speech and freedom of the press principles. In doing so, there are ethics and code of conduct that must be followed. Covering all sides, ...
Truth and Power: Art from the Brexit Era – through the Eyes of Brendan Pickett

Truth and Power: Art from the Brexit Era – through the Eyes of Brendan Pickett

Foreword from Listen To The World Brexit has been one of the foremost issues in today’s political and economic climate. Large numbers of us often forget that economics, along with politics, are ...
I Am Human living in Diversity

I Am Human living in Diversity

"Thanks to J. M Basquiat who inspired me and people who fight against Racism, let’s keep the equality in humanity ...” - Adikara Rachman, 2017[LttW, Jakarta]. In recent years, diversity that was ...
A Separation of Insult and Criticism

A Separation of Insult and Criticism

[Jakarta, LTTW] In January 10, 2018, Joko Widodo along with the government and Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat or the People’s Representative discussed a bill that contains a law that prohibits people from insulting ...
Art Through the Two Eras of Indonesia, A Look at Dunia Dalam Berita

Art Through the Two Eras of Indonesia, A Look at Dunia Dalam Berita

Indonesia’s political history can be summed up in three eras; Old Order, New Order, and Reformation. The date was 21 May 1998 when President Soeharto stepped down from power and the New ...
An Interview with Brendan Pickett

An Interview with Brendan Pickett

By Jason Noghani LTTW (Jason Noghani): This is the interview with Brendan Pickett for Listen to the World, and this follows the brilliant exhibition he had last month in London, which was ...
Zap Mama

Zap Mama, Movement by a Woman (and an Unreleased Single!)

Music act of artist Marie Daulne "People recognize a soul, not a genre, and there is a longer life for that type of composition." ...
Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval, Life of Jazz

[Jakarta, LTTW] “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”, is an Albert Einstein quote that, to us, describes Arturo Sandoval. We were fortunate enough to see his shows ...
France National Identity

France, reaffirming her national identity:
liberté, égalité, fraternité

[Jakarta, LTTW] After months of uncertainty and anxiety, the French people have finally spoken, and the world hears their voice loud and clear! Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron forged a historic and landslide ...
Terrorism

Terrorism: Brainless and Heartless Act

LTTW, Jakarta. The above artwork is dedicated to the innocent victims of the recent bombing in Manchester, UK. Let us stand united to demolish extremism and terrorism from the face of the ...
Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back?

Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back?

Adnan Hossain, University of Amsterdam Caribbean cricket fans were dismayed in early June when, for the first time since the ICC Champions Trophy started in 1998, the West Indies Cricket Team did ...
romero zombie

George Romero’s zombies will make Americans reflect on racial violence long after his death

Erin C. Cassese, West Virginia University“What’s your zombie apocalypse survival plan?” The question invites the liveliest discussions of the semester. I teach a course on social movements in fiction and film at ...
Gauri Lankesh

Obituary – Gauri Lankesh

[Jakarta, LTTW] Recently, on September 6, 2017, we read an obituary of Gauri Lankesh (55 year old), a female Indian journalist senior, writer and activist (secularist-nationalist). Lankesh was assassinated inside her residence ...
During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, University of South CarolinaWorld War II influenced an entire generation – many say the “greatest” – but few of those who came of age in the 1940s would probably ...
Music is Art because it’s Political

Music is Art because it’s Political

A Reflection from the Roger Waters Concert Tour.About four months ago, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters kicked off his North American tour entitled “Us + Them”. Although he performed many of old ...
Gabon's Political Force is its Thriving Hip-Hop Scene

Gabon’s Political Force is its Thriving Hip-Hop Scene

Foreword from Listen To The WorldEveryone knows that Hip Hop was born in the South Bronx, United States, but we’re not too sure if this historic birthplace still matters to most Hip ...
Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

“We see many films on male bonding, but hardly any on female bonding,” award-winning Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen told Indian television news channel, just after the screening of her latest film, Sonata ...
Women Against the Odds

Women Against the Odds

[Jakarta, LTTW] First thing first, although a little late, Happy International Women’s Day! It is very important for us to mull over and appreciate the role of women in establishing and nurturing ...
The Enigma of Burning Yourself Alive

The Enigma of Burning Yourself Alive

In Ben Arous, Tunisia, Tarek-el Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi stood in front of the local governor’s office after a policewoman confiscated his fruit cart and also gave him a beating. What came next ...
Symbol From the Wilderness

Symbol From the Wilderness

[Jakarta, LTTW] Man and beast are two completely different species that have intertwined within cultural domain throughout history. Such inter-relation plays a role in modern society by being a symbol to communicate ...
Nelson Mandela

Obituary, Nelson Mandela

[CNN, PBS, RHYTHM, LTTW] The whole world is grieving. Nelson Mandela, a figure who was and is often associated with human’s deepest desire toward peace, has left us all. South Africa's current ...
world cup south africa

World Cup South Africa 2010: Whose Side is it on?

[Jakarta, LTTW] It is almost impossible to decimate music from human life, because music is like air that fills void. In all its shape it fills up space, and in all times ...
changing the world

Majority Hardly Changing the World

by Serrano Sianturi Things change as we live our days; many (or perhaps most) even believe that change is the only constant in our lives. Change itself is actually a scary thing ...
caribbean carnival

Notting Hill Caribbean Carnival

by Agung Waskito Translated by Ferdi Zebua The Caribbean roots The Notting Hill Carnival is a Caribbean carnival held in England, taking place during the August Bank Holiday, with the largest visitor ...
Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

[Jakarta, LttW] The Middle East conflict that flared up and caused civilian casualties on both sides in just recent days has ended with ceasefire. According to Al-jazeera, Israel and Hamas agree to ...
Afro American

The Church and Afro-American Music

Recently, the Americans commemorated two major events. First was the 50th Anniversary of the famous Martin Luther King Jr’s speech “I Have a Dream”, and the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop. These ...
Akram Khan’s Giselle

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Bridging Two Different Centuries in a Refreshing WayAkram Khan’s Giselle returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London on 20 – 23 September 2017 after its successful performances last year. Performed by English National ...
Trump

Trump: Turning USA into Uncle Sam’s Abomination – Part Two

by Serrano Sianturi Are Fragile States Farming Terrorism? The Muslim ban was taken in the name of keeping America safe from the terrorist act by the Muslim extremist. So let’s see whether ...
cisa

What is CISA, and Why Should We be Concerned?

[Jakarta, LTTW] On October the 27th, 2015, the US Senate passed into law, by a significant voting majority, a controversial bill called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Proponents of the bill ...
In razing its modernist buildings, Iran is erasing its past Western influence

In razing its modernist buildings, Iran is erasing its past Western influence

Asma Mehan, Politecnico di Torino Hassan Rouhani’s re-election as Iran’s president has rekindled hope for liberals in the country. During his first term, Iran began edging closer to the West, and his ...
The healing power of hip hop

The healing power of hip hop

Alexander Crooke, University of Melbourne and Raphael Travis Jr., Texas State University Last year, New York’s then police commissioner Willam Bratton was quick to blame rap music and the culture around it ...
Independence Day

Independence Day

[Jakarta, LttW] Over a month ago, on July 4, United States celebrated its Independence Day. Just a few days ago, India and Pakistan celebrated theirs, and today is Indonesia’s turn to do ...
Famous People Hologram for Sale

Famous People Hologram for Sale

Nobody can bring back the dead. With that in mind, they can still be immortalized through memories, ideas, medias and other inheritance that they left on earth. Artists who sing their way ...
Iraq: Between War and Arts

Iraq: Between War and Arts

[Jakarta, LTTW] It’s been a decade since the Iraq War had begun. Did the “mission accomplished” fantasy last? Not from what it seems in many media portrayals of Iraq so far. Nonetheless, ...
racism

If there is only one human race, then why are humans still racist?

[Jakarta, LTTW] We are today, as a globalized humanity, plagued by hate among fellow men, hate upon each other. One form of this manifest hate is fueled by a fear and loathing ...
same-sex marriage

#LoveWins: the US Supreme Court declares same-sex marriages legal

The US Supreme Court effectively declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. What does this mean, legally and culturally, to the World? [Jakarta, LTTW] In a development of anti-discriminatory laws & ...
Civil March for Aleppo

Civil March to end Human Tragedy in Aleppo

Humanitarian activists began their daring steps yesterday to end the war in Aleppo, Syria. The walk started in Berlin and headed for Aleppo. It is going to be the longest march ever ...
palmyra

ISIL Retook Palmyra: How the Hell That Happened?

[Jakarta, LTTW] War never has a positive side, no matter how we look at it. It’s an atrocity that gives nothing but agony, revenge, destruction, and death. The life-taking conflicts and war ...
Trump

Trump: Turning USA into Uncle Sam’s Abomination – Part One

by Serrano Sianturi The recent travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries ordered by President Trump has resulted in confusion, protest, and anger in the US and around the world. US District Courts ...
Saudi Arabia

Women at the Top: Cultural Change in Saudi Arabia and UAE

[Jakarta, LttW] Conservative Saudi Arabia, with its brand of what's controversially known as Wahhabism, isn't seldom referenced by Sunni Muslim leaders in policy making. Among the ongoing debates is the leadership of women in ...
Semsar Siahaan

The Shade of Northern Lights: A Current Reflection

How many people do you know would collect orange seeds, put them in a pocket, and throw them on land where they can fruitfully grow? We know one, Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) [Ed.]** ...
Rohingya refugees

The ‘floating people’ of Myanmar: how Rohingya refugees reclaim their identity through art and song

Farzana Kazi Fahmida, University Utara Malaysia The Moghs [the Rakhine people of Myanmar] refer to us as ‘floating people’ as we do not have citizenship in our country. My grandfather, father, and ...
There's not enough evidence to back the claim that humans originated in Europe

There’s not enough evidence to back the claim that humans originated in Europe

Julien Benoit, University of the WitwatersrandAfrica is not the cradle of humankind: that’s the claim by a group of scientists who’ve just published what they describe as evidence of pre-human remains found ...
The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

Set in 1962 Baltimore, director Guillermo Del Toro’s film tells the story of Elisa, a young mute woman who works as a cleaner at a mysterious government facility that is home to ...
Attacchi di Pane

Attacchi di Pane

[Jakarta, LTTW] December 6, 2017, Listen to the World had the pleasure to watch a contemporary dance performance from Italy; organized by the Italian Cultural Institute at the historical Jakarta Art Building ...
A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave (Jhini Bini Chadariya), a documentary film set in Kachchh, Gujarat in Western India, traces four different musical journeys, all converging in the ways they affirm religious diversity, syncretism (blending ...
Lee Kuan Yew

Obituary : Lee Kuan Yew

[Jakarta, LTTW] Lee Kuan Yew's funeral is held today, on March 30, 2015. As people around the World send their condolences to Singapore on the passing of the city-state's founding father, differing ...
Margaret Thatcher

Obituary, Margaret Thatcher

(LTTW, LONDON) Margaret Thatcher, a British Conservative Party politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, ...
Rock Music

The 10 Most Influential Rock Group/Musicians in the 60’s

[Jakarta, LttW] Rock music is known to the world as music that graced the history of pop music over the span of the second half of the 20th century. Over the span ...
Rai

Rai: When Art is (no longer) a Movement

by Agung Waskito This music was born in the middle of the Algerian people’s deterioration due to French colonialism (1841- 1962), which was followed by the rising & falling process in reaching ...