Music the artform and artists

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.

SBS

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

Jazz et rencontres

Ou comment le jazz est finalement le plus grand club de rencontres du monde pour des étreintes exclusivement musicales.

France Musique

How Video Games Changed Popular Music

We are accustomed to thinking about pop music in terms of its most familiar metadata: songs and albums, scenes and artists. But what about all the other, seemingly incidental music that gets lodged in our heads, from commercial jingles to sitcom soundtracks?

The New Yorker

Jazz, fusion and electric sitar: Pakistan's unlikely musical past

Name one industry in Pakistan that is thriving against all odds? Try music.

Dawn

Born On The Fourth Of July: How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

This genius with a trumpet did not invent jazz, as some have said, but when he got through with it, America's homegrown art form was changed almost beyond recognition.

The Daily Beast

Minimalist Composer La Monte Young on His Life and Immeasurable Influence

He's credited as the vastly influential father of minimalism because when he was 22, in 1958, he wrote the first piece that held notes for a long period, suspended in air to allow examination and contemplation.

Vulture


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