Love, music and coronavirus

Velasco-Pufleau, Luis (16 March 2020). Love, music and coronavirus. In: Music, Sound and Conflict. 10.58079/rnxx

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All responses to an epidemic crisis are political. At the beginning of February 2020, at the heart of the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, the authoritarian Chinese regime massively broadcast the humanitarian song “Believe Love Will Win”. The stated aim of the song was to emotionally support those engaged in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, presenting them as heroes of the Chinese nation. However, the making and broadcasting of a humanitarian song means that politics has failed. What is the reason for this? Humanitarian songs have an important place in the depoliticization of responses to crises, constructing representations and shaping official narratives. The songs and the discourses that accompany them conceal the historical and geopolitical depth of humanitarian crises by transforming political issues into moral questions.

Item Type:



06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Network (IRN)

UniBE Contributor:

Velasco Pufleau, Luis Alberto


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 780 Music




Luis Alberto Velasco Pufleau

Date Deposited:

17 Mar 2021 08:58

Last Modified:

28 Feb 2024 12:10

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Additional Information:

Blog article / ISSN 2556-6652

Uncontrolled Keywords:

China, Music and Emotions, Music and Politics, Humanitarian songs, Music and Propaganda, Covid-19


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