Music the artform and artists

Isao Tomita, Japanese pioneer of synthesizer music

Isao Tomita, the synthesizer pioneer who composed the score for Tezuka Osamu’s anime “Kimba the White Lion” and NHK drama “Hana no Shogai,” died of heart failure Thursday at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital. He was 84.

The Japan Times

Santana On 'Black Magic Woman,' A Pioneering Cultural Mashup

When Carlos Santana recently reunited members of his original band for a new album and short tour, it was more than a trip down memory lane. The band's members say it was a rekindling of a spiritual connection among a group of musicians who crafted a sound that proved to be not only hugely popular, but was also a pioneering cultural mashup.

NPR

An Atlantic Archipelago’s Main Export: Music

Some countries have oil, diamonds or cocoa beans. Cape Verde, a tiny archipelago about 385 miles off the west coast of Senegal, has music, and it is betting on that resource to help bolster its fragile economy.

The New York Times

Zubin Mehta, un chef explosif

Le portrait d'un chef d'orchestre explosif, tempétueux et captivant, l'indien Zubin Mehta.

France Musique

Piano nobile

In 1980 a Roman engineer and pianist, Paolo Fazioli, made what most of his friends considered a foolish decision. He opened a piano factory, and not one making cheap pianos for children. Mr Fazioli planned to make the world’s best pianos.

The Economist

Musical Homelands: New Territories

The current mass movement of people in Europe and the many different cultures meeting and mixing with each other has led us to dedicate this year’s edition to topics revolving around musical and cultural identities, the homelands, and their confrontation with new surroundings, the new territories.

EMC

Africa: Wemba Goes With a Bang

Two days after the world lost virtuoso musician Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, the African continent was thrown into gloom as one of its finest musician, Papa Wemba left the earthly plane.

All Africa

Remembering Prince

There will be longer pieces written, and better ones, about the death of Prince, but the main point is that there will be many, and each will demonstrate purely and powerfully how deeply he connected with those of us who loved his music, his spirit, his playfulness, his petulance, his bravery, his youth, his wisdom, his weirdness, his virtuosity, and his vision.

The New Yorker

Playing for Mumbai’s classical music connoisseurs

Dabgars come from India’s western belt that includes Gujarat, Rajasthan and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. Having long practised and promoted the art of making quality musical instruments, they specialise in making dhol-tashas, mrudungs, tablas, and other instruments.

The Indian Express


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