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Jailhouse Rock: Moscow + St. Petersburg

Born in tsarist jails, transformed in the gulag into a tool of political protest, and immortalized on gangsters’ graves — the criminal chanson is about as bad a they come. Chanson is Russia’s romantic version of gangsta rap (or the darker side of country music), a blend of melancholic folk with klezmer and gypsy music. Alina Simone is your guide to Moscow and ... Read More »

Techno Color: Berlin

Berlin. The one place in the world where 24/7 clubbing and social activism meet face-to-face. Join Museyon Guide Siobhan O’Leary for a tour of Germany’s “poor, but sexy” capital, and find out why, some 30 years later, innovators of techno still come to the city where it all started. Hit up the Love Parade, dance at the legendary Tresor Club and discover a ... Read More »

New Rap City: Paris

To understand Muslim hip-hop in Paris, you’d have to go back to the beginning — to the early ’80s when rap was imported from New York City. Since then, the city has spawned a distinctly francophone sound, one that paints an accurate picture of what’s really happening á Paris — beyond the bright lights of the Seine and Champs-Elysees. Join ... Read More »

Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Punk: Dublin

Dublin has music in its soul, writes Museyon Guide James Hendicott, and today that spirit can be heard in the city’s Celtic punk scene. Brighter than its English sibling, yet too raw to go mainstream, Celtic punk is a blend of traditional Irish instrumentation with electric guitars and other sounds borrowed from rock ‘n’ roll. Join your guide as he ... Read More »

Keeping it Real in Southern Africa

  Southern Africa produces more internationally recognized films by African directors than its neighbors in the east and north, and among these films conflict is a recurring theme. From the slums of Soweto to the Kalahari Desert, Lee Middleton is your guide to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, and South Africa. About Your Guide: Lee Middleton has traveled and worked in 34 ... Read More »

Building Fantasies: East Africa in Film

The vision of Africa as “the dark continent” was cemented in film history by films like 1951’s The African Queen, but that’s only a fraction of the role that the continent plays on film. From romanticized portrays of Africa’s natural splendor to the investigations into its recent history in Hotel Rwanda and The Last King of Scotland, the legacy of ... Read More »

A Long Time Ago…Far, Far Away—In Film: Tunisia

  “It’s only a shame that beautiful Tunisia never plays itself,” begins Museyon Guide Lee Middleton’s tour of the north African nation of Tunisia. While it may not get top billing, Tunisia has stood in for other eras, and, in Star Wars, even filled in for other galaxies. About Your Guide: Lee Middleton has traveled and worked in 34 countries ... Read More »

An American in Morocco

Directors are drawn to Morocco for its intoxicating blend of heat and chaos, so much so that Alfred Hitchcock chose to remake his own film The Man Who Knew Too Much, relocating it to the city of Marrakech. From the northern port of Casablanca—setting for one of the most beloved films of all time—to the city of Ouarzazate near the ... Read More »

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