Music the artform and artists

Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

Whether you're in a convenience store in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, Mexico City or East L.A., you're likely to hear cumbia blaring from a stereo.

NPR

The live music scene in Uganda

Ugandan recorded popular music began in 1929 with the British Odeon label, and by the 1950s there were several labels operating in the country, recording a variety of traditional music for release on 78rpm such as The Young Baganda Singers' Party, Kibirige and Budo Party, Nanyoga and Party, and a number of school and cathedral choirs.

Music in Africa

Against “Indie”

The comebacks of many flagship 2000s bands show it's time to eliminate this outdated, insular, and implicitly racist term.

Slate

​Celebrating 100 years of Billie Holiday's life through music

In a jazz studies classroom at UCLA, the music of Billie Holiday is shaping a new generation of musicians.

CBS

Boulez à facettes : de la fulgurance au plaisir, un portrait multimédia de Pierre Boulez

Compositeur, chef d'orchestre, polémiste, théoricien, défenseur de la création contemporaine...Pierre Boulez a laissé son empreinte sur toute la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle.

France Musique

The modernist maverick: Pierre Boulez at 90

One of the surprising things about Boulez is that this supposedly dogmatic fighter for modernism is remarkably flexible in practice.

The New York Times

How Cajuns and Creoles reinvented rock 'n' roll

In 1963, "I'm Leaving It Up to You" by the duo Dale & Grace hit number one on the Billboard charts and went gold.

PRI

Six seconds that shaped 1,500 songs

Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs - but the band behind it never made any money from it.

BBC

Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

In South Africa, the major art of resistance during apartheid was jazz: a melting pot where folk songs and hymns defiantly mixed with influences from South Asia, America and West Africa.

NPR


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