Music the artform and artists

Late Prof. Nketia was an outstanding cultural icon

“His works largely provided an avenue for the post-Colonial African to reinforce his new identity and express his ‘Africaness’ with confidence”.

Ghana News Agency

A Bird’s Life: How Charlie Parker Changed The Course Of Jazz History

Charlie Parker was one of the most important figures in the development of jazz and in particular Bop.

U Discover Music

7 Black Latin American Artists Reinventing Their Roots Through Electronic Music

For over a decade, Ibero-American electronic music has shown a special interest in folkloric sounds, and this exploration has inevitably led artists to tap into rhythms and music rooted in the African diaspora.

Remezcla

A secret singing life: the vibrant world of Renaissance convent choirs

In 16th-century Italy – and across Europe – convents were the backbones of the economic and spiritual wellbeing of a city.

Bachtrack

Grand bruit à New York

A la fin des années 80, quelques têtes de pioche ont réinventé le rock sonore et expérimental.

Libération

Somali Night Fever: the little known story of Somalia's disco era

In the 1970s and 80s Mogadishu's airwaves were filled with Somali funk, disco, soul and reggae.

The Guardian

“Hearing” the Hammond Organ

The Hammond Organ was the first electronic musical instrument to become commercially successful.

New Music Box

The New Generation of LA Rap Is Changing Everything

A group of rappers and producers are reimagining not just the sound of Los Angeles, but its slang, its fashion sense, and the cultural divide between blacks and latinos.

Noisey

Pop 2.0: how globalised music created a new kind of star

English is no longer the lingua franca of pop music, and its alpha stars – Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga – are an endangered species.

The Guardian


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