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'Gitara', a film by anthropologist Stefan Williamson Fa will be screened at Middle East & Central Asia music forum. Music Press Asia
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Middle East & Central Asia Music Forum

Culture talk this week: Music forum to screen ‘Gitara’ a film made by anthropologist Stefan Williamson Fa

The Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum has been running since 2007 and is open to researchers, students and anyone interested in the music and culture of the region. In the spirit of fostering dialogue and interdisciplinary, the issues discussed attracts a broad audience, including musicologists, ethnomusicologists and other researches in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Today, its…

American Film Market is an annual event connecting professionals from the film industry. Music Press Asia
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American Film Market Goes Virtual This November

The American Film Market® (AFM®) will move its 2021 edition entirely online, the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) in a recent announcement. An equivalent event to the Asia TV Forum & Market here in…

Music & Culture to play a big role on the Silk Road. Music Press Asia
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Culture & Music To Play A Big Role On Belt And Road

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the most ambitious infrastructure plan in world history. Connecting the Chinese city of Guangzhou to Venice by sea and Beijing to Brussels by land, this massive undertaking already…

88rising produced the music soundtrack to Shang-Chi, Marvel's latest blockbuster movie starred by top Asian casts including Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh. Music Press Asia.
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88rising Executive Produced Shang-Chi Soundtrack Album

Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings: The Album is now released as the soundtrack album to Marvel’s latest blockbuster movie. Adding another level of wholesomeness targeting a growing film industry involving audiences from…

Tokyo International Music Market 18th Edition [2021]

Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) is back this November (2021) with its very first online version. Albeit being their 18th edition, the conference is not letting the industry down and held on firmly to its…

Taiwan Classic/August Feature: Wakin Chau

With the Golden Melody Awards underway, we dive into some of the award show’s most prominent winners and finds one whose amazing connection with his fans since early 1980s was just the tip of the…

Golden Melody Awards To Award Lo Ta-You

The 32nd Golden Melody Awards, after some delays, was recently announced for 21 August 2021, on a Saturday at the Taipei Music Center.  Nominees totalling 171 works was released by the Bureau of Audiovisual and…

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Zendyll, The Kennel AB To Partner With Universal Music Singapore

Universal Music Singapore has just announced a new joint partnership that aims to open Singaporean music to the region. This venture will see Universal Music Group teaming up with local independent music and culture company Zendyll and Swedish production and…

Yamaha Promotes Emerging Artists

In this three-part documentary series, six emerging artists get together for an exclusive song writing experience in Barcelona. Titled House of Talents the documentary is part of Yamaha’s project – WAY UP – that provides a platform for new talents.…

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Dom Guyot: "I want it to be remembered as, “Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it.” Music Press Asia
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Cebuano Artist Dom Guyot Debuts “Unbeloved”

With collectively over 1.3 million streams for all of his pre-released singles to date, Dom Guyot finally debuts his first album, “Unbeloved”, a collection of some of his most favorite tracks written during what he regards as the most ‘unbeloved’…

In an interview with Music Press Asia, Sidd a member of punk rock band Alien Sky Cult talks about the uncertainties faced in its region. Image courtesy of ASC. Music Press Asia
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Alien Sky Cult: “[This] Is A Tale Of Who We Are”

The pandemic has reached the state of Assam, and more specifically, Sidd’s city of Guwahati, the largest city in Assam in northeastern India. With more rainfalls than other areas in the region, it is where bits of the great Brahmaputra…

Niki Zefanya: Not Stopping For Any One

2019 is just about to get more exciting for Indonesian artist Nicole Zefanya, more known as Niki. At just 20 years old, Niki is keeping busy with her latest creative…

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American Film Market is an annual event connecting professionals from the film industry. Music Press Asia
film industry

American Film Market Goes Virtual This November

The American Film Market® (AFM®) will move its 2021 edition entirely online, the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) in a recent announcement. An equivalent event to the Asia TV Forum & Market here in Asia, the film industry in the U.S is a global…

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Computex, an exhibition in high demand post-pandemic, goes virtual. Music Press Asia
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Computex Debuts Virtual Exhibition

With conference dates for its physical conference rescheduled, Computex, an important exhibition for the global telecommunications industry will now happen virtually for one month: from 31 May to 30 June, 2021.     What used to be an annual event, the exhibition in Taipei now faces border control issues due to the pandemic and can no longer hosts its exhibitors, buyers…

What Type Of Content Can Be Monetized?

5 years ago content monetization on YouTube still had some mystery to it, however today it is rather straightforward. A YouTube creator can either build an audience of 1,000 subscribers who have watched 4,000 hours of content in the past 12 months, or apply and…

Malaysian Firms To Invest In Hybrid Cloud

According to Bernama, a Malaysian national news agency, that in a recent survey by IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), found that business executives in the country are planning ‘to invest in hybrid multi-cloud platform strategies and capabilities to drive business transformation and to unlock…

NomadPlay by Digital Music Solutions Expands to Asia

After launching a scale-up fundraising campaign of over €4.2 mil in 2018, NomadPlay a music platform known to ‘gamifies’ instrument practice is now expanding to Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Amidst the pandemic, the app promotes virtual learning and claims to give ‘any musician, from…

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Artbook World Musical Instruments by Pepin Press. Music Press Asia
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Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments

Perhaps the most striking feature of all is its overarching methodised principle. With musical instruments arranged along a timeline, the book provides from beginning to finish, from earliest to most recent; a perspective on the evolution of musical instruments that would otherwise not be noticeable. These musical instruments, although hard to date such things confidently, were among the earliest of…

Reading Kazuo Ishiguro: “Nocturnes”

Nobel prize winner and one of the most celebrated Japanese writers of our time, Kazuo Ishiguro gives us his first cycle of short fiction: five brilliantly depicted, interconnected dramas in which music is a vivid character that drives the essential expressions via the first person.…

Alena Murang / ‘We come from a line of warriors and heroes’

Alena Murang’s latest music video of its single “Warrior Spirit” [“Sky Song” album] is anything but ordinary. Clad in beautiful costumes inspired by her cultural heritage from Borneo, she dances ever so gracefully and always with a group dressed in spectacular silhouette alongside intricate handmade…

Last Madame: An Identity Boost To Southeast Asian

Ochre Pictures, a Singapore-based television and film production company, has recently caught the attention of arbiters of the television world in Southeast Asia after publishing their very first *M18 series, Last Madame. With awards and nominations already listed for 2020, this production is a gripping…

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Tokyo International Music Market 2021 Is fully online. Music Press Asia.
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Tokyo International Music Market 18th Edition [2021]

Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) is back this November (2021) with its very first online version. Albeit being their 18th edition, the conference is not letting the industry down and held on firmly to its purpose to increase connections and collaborations for those in the…

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