Music the artform and artists

Classical Music Needs a New Name

In his Young People’s Concerts, circa 1958-‘72, Leonard Bernstein lamented the limits and imperfections of the term Classical Music. We use it, he said, “to describe music that isn’t jazz or popular songs or folk music, just because there isn’t any other word that seems to describe it better.”

Cue Point

Early-Music Ensembles: Praised as Pure, but Seeking More

The lexicon of praise for female singers of early music can be narrow, with purity a recurrent concept.

The New York Times

Europe's new music talents receive the 2016 European Border Breakers Awards

The EBBA awards promote Europe's emerging talents in pop, rock and dance music by supporting wider circulation of their works around Europe.

Creative Europe

The fierce young women of jazz

These talented women with the desire to lead are bending the rules of previous generations of jazz artists, charting courses inspired by independent rock acts, drawing musical inspiration from revered singer-songwriters and century-old song traditions, and also seeking guidance and camaraderie from other women – both as mentors and bandmates.

21CM

Le Reggae en Afrique

Bien qu'originaire des Caraïbes, le reggae a été largement adopté dans toute l'Afrique. Depuis ses origines dans les années 70, le reggae est devenu une musique grand public dans les années 80.

Music in Africa

Can talking about music add to our understanding of it?

Words and music have been at odds for a long time. They have quarrelled for centuries. But they have not always quarrelled over the same things. Song came first.

Aeon

David Bowie: 15 surprising facts about the king of glam rock

4. He couldn’t stand The Little Drummer Boy

The Telegraph

The rise and fall of Urban Grooves in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean music genre known as Urban Grooves first became popular around the year 2000, when the government made a deliberate policy of promoting local arts by enforcing a 75% threshold for broadcasting local content on national media.

Music in Africa

Five Seismic Moments in New Music

Cage, Eno, Reich and more the focus of week-long BBC series.

The Journal of Music


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