Public and private funding for the arts in Europe are drying up as the economic crisis their continues. In Portugal, artists remain in survival mode and are testing new ways to find funds. Some have turned to crowdfunding through a website inspired by U.S.-based Kickstarter.
When Angola was still a colony of Portugal, dance clubs in Angola produced a kind of distinct music that took fire and eventually took Portugal by storm. Now, a new band of Portugese and Angolans is taking that old kuduro sound and turning it into new music.
If America defaults on its debt this week, it won't be the first economic superpower to do so. Imperial Spain was a chronic defaulter in the 16th and 17th centuries, and this helped lead to its downfall.