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The Four-Valve Trumpeter Who Uses Sharon Stone and Charlie Chaplin to Make Jazz

Ibrahim Maalouf, the Lebanese French horn player known for some daring collaborations, visits the Met to check out a display of rare instruments and discuss his own musical unorthodoxies.

The New Yorker

Suavecito: The love song that became an anthem

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Suavecito, by the band Malo, which became a mainstream hit at a time when Latinx people were just a small percentage of the US population. The love song became a powerful symbol for Latinx-Americans.

BBC

Why African acts are redefining modern pop

English radio veteran, producer and author DJ Semtex traces his career foundations to hip hop  – the music genre that set him on his current path as a global cultural curator. In recent years, however, his utility has expanded to include a role as a major conduit for African music overseas.

Music in Africa

Ryuichi Sakamoto, un Japonais très international

Le compositeur, arrangeur, pianiste et producteur de musique Sakamoto Ryûichi est surtout connu en Occident pour ses musiques de films tels Furyo ou Le Dernier Empereur. Il a atteint une renommée mondiale à partir de la fin des années 1970, en tant que membre du groupe de techno-pop japonaise Yellow Magic Orchestra.

France Musique

Yma Súmac, la cantante peruana y "princesa inca" que conquistó el mundo gracias a su prodigioso rango de voz

Tenía una voz espectacular, fuera de serie. Llegaba más alto y más bajo que nadie. Podía sonar tan grave como la del cantante y poeta Leonard Cohen y tan aguda la de la soprano Montserrat Caballé.

BBC

South Africa’s dance music craze, amapiano, could conquer the world

There’s a lot of hype around amapiano. The South African dance music genre has dominated dancefloors since 2019, spreading from South Africa to West Africa and now to the world.

Music in Africa

What is viral jazz?

Easy to recognize and hard to define, a savvy young cohort takes shape.

NPR

How to Think About Music History

The important thing to remember, if you are sorting through the rich world of classical music, is that style periods are much less real than the music they describe. The job of labels should be to give us some orientation in our listening, but ultimately the music must stand on its own.

TIC

La musique ambient, un pont entre deux mondes

Une nouvelle scène, ou plutôt une constellation d’artistes affiliés au genre de l’ambient music, émerge en France depuis 2020, à contre-courant de la vague chill qui triomphe sur les plateformes de streaming.

Libération


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