Music the artform and artists

Women and singing in Somali culture

From a mother’s lullabies to work songs, folkloric dance lyrics and the famous buraanbur genre, Somali women’s sung poetry conveys messages and stories about their status in society.

Music in Africa

Mexican street musicians bring melodies to people stuck at home

After the coronavirus outbreak prompted the normally bustling streets of Mexico City to empty out, out-of-work musicians looking to make ends meet have been filling roadways with the melodies of their marimbas, trumpets and güiros.

Reuters

Why Satie? Why now? How one composer embodies our time of loneliness and angst

Safe at home this spring has not necessarily meant sane at home. One antidote is a mega-dose of Erik Satie.

Los Angeles Times

Anna Netrebko, la gran cantante del siglo XXI

Ya son pocos los que pueden sostener, por haberla visto en vivo, que como Maria Callas no hubo ni habrá otra . Pero como referencia histórica, con infinitos testimonios audiovisuales y crónicas de época, la presencia de la gran soprano sigue incólume para comparar, minimizar, disminuir o, peor aún, denostar a quienes osen ocupar ese sitial sagrado que la historia y las leyendas le han otorgado.

La Nación

Nganga Édo,doyen de la musique congolaise

Plus qu'un groupe, Les Bantous de la capitale représentent une véritable institution au sein du patrimoine musical africain en général et congolaise en particulier. Édouard Nganga dit Ganga Édo, était le dernier représentant vivant de cet orchestre partie prenante de l'âge d'or de la rumba – qu'il a cofondé en 1959.

Le Point

The Picassos of modern music

Almost 50 years ago, a group of Jamaican producers embarked on a series of experiments with reggae tracks that still reverberate through popular music today.

BBC

How Arabs Have Influenced American Music

From Jay-Z’s "Big Pimpin" to Shakira, Arab and Arab American culture has influenced popular music more than you might realize.

Now This

Everything you need to know about: Musique concrète

This sonic experimentalism, born in 1940s Paris and Cairo, left a lasting legacy on modern music.

Music Radar

Florian Schneider: the enigma whose codes broke open pop music

The Kraftwerk co-founder remained a mystery even after death, but there is no doubting the impact he made with his group’s sublime, visionary music.

The Guardian


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