Music the artform and artists

Afrobeat(s): The Difference a Letter Makes

Afrobeat and Afrobeats -- the difference a letter can make. Afrobeats is both the evolution and in many ways antithesis of its prefixed forebear.

Huffington Post

For Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema remains a source of joy and hope

"For me," he insists, "it's all about the children. Working with the children is incredible. You also can see the intellectual perception they can have."

Los Angeles Times

Iranian rappers speak about hip-hop and its future in Iran

"Now rap is undoubtedly the most popular genre of music among 18-25 year old Iranians. Even 13-17 rap is like the main thing teenagers like to listen to"


Is Cuban Music About To Blow Up In America?

As the U.S. and Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations, Latin music execs are scouting the island for crossover hits.


Abyssinie Swing, images de la musique éthiopienne moderne

Son histoire, ses maîtres, ses styles, son rapport aux traditions locales, un portrait de cette pop aux couleurs uniques et à la vocalité renversante, qui s'est épanouie des années 50 aux années 70.

France Musique

Moretele Park opens stage to stars from Zim, DRC and Lesotho

Under the theme 'We Are Africa', this year's concert celebrates South Africa's coming of age and protests against xenophobia and the abhorrent violence towards foreign nationals experienced earlier this year. With a diverse line-up, it is a star-studded procession of music royalty.

Music in Africa

Is China the new musical superpower?

China is not just an economic superpower, it has a hunger for culture and that includes Western classical music. Billions of dollars have been poured into building concert halls across the country with millions of young musicians competing to play.


The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett, And Mingus

In 1971 Columbia Records, a storied label for jazz artists such as Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington, brought four more notable musicians aboard: free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, bassist Charles Mingus, and two pianists, one established, the other up-and-coming–Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett.

Indiana Public Media

Japan: Rap gets a new delivery from a wave of female artists

Hip-hop is a major force on the American music charts, but its presence has been less prominent in Japan. Elements of the wider culture have found their way into teenage wardrobes and pop-video dance routines, but even Japanese rappers admit they have a hard time grabbing the attention of new fans.

The Japan Times

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