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Pandji Pragiwaksono

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In Indonesia, almost 80 percent of internet users engage in a social activity such as managing a social-network profile, writing a blog, or using Twitter. Pandji Pragiwaksono is a popular hip-hop artist who has harnessed the obsession with social media to promote anti-corruption and anti-terrorist movements. He is also the host of the  national political television talk show called ‘Provocative proactive’.Pandj uses social media, rap and his television program to get young people to take action on corruption in partnership with the anti-corruption commission.

Listen to one of his tracks here.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 November 2011 11:38 )

Fusion Sufi Songs a Big Hit with Pakistani Youth

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There are some elements among Islamist extremists, including the Taliban, who believe that worshipping at the shrines of saints is un-Islamic. But despite growing threats Sufism and its mystical elements are gaining popularity amongst the young.  While the hardliners and militants strongly resist the mystical form of the Islam, Pakistani youth are becoming addicted to Sufi songs. In this track Arif Lohar performs with pop singer Meesha Shafi in front of a crowd of enthusiastic young people.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 November 2011 11:25 )

The Bangladeshi Women Making Rural Mystic Music Cool

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Bangla is one of the most popular youth bands in Bangladesh. They have popularized the music and ideas of the Baul mystic minstrels of rural Bangladesh, than any other band in the country. Anushe Anadil the group’s lead vocalist was brought up in a family dominated by high brow Bengali culture.


Punjabi Music Makes Everyone Dance

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Bhangra music from the Indian state of Punjab has gained international popularity in recent years, both in traditional form and mixed with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae. Bhangra lyrics, which are always sung in Punjabi, mainly talk about love and dancing. But there are also many Bhangra songs dedicated to Punjabi pride. Ashok Masti is a Bhangra musician who is well known for creating new arrangements for traditional songs.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:57 )

Cambodian Youth

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Hip-hop dancing and rap music is a growing a sensation amongst young people in Cambodia.

And the art-form is being used to reach out to some of the country's  most vulnerable citizens, the homeless and drug users.

Cambodian rap and Hip-Hop artists who have achieved fame and success in Cambodia and overseas have established a number of centers in Phnom Penh where young people can come and escape the trauma of drug abuse and poverty by learning how to rap and dance Hip-Hop.

Here's a song called Yuvachun Khmer (Cambodian Youth) by Rock Production.


Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2011 17:18 )
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