Music the artform and artists

An All-Year Season of Discontent in Jazz

Jazz in 2014 — or more accurately, the discourse around jazz in 2014 — often resembled a crescendo of gibes and gripes, with each new affront calling forth a fresh wave of umbrage.

The New York Times

New music and globalization: Silk Road and global collaborations

There is little doubt: the particular phase of globalization we are living in (forged from a combination of post-Cold War politics, digital networks, global finance, free market ideology, and cheap travel) has had a major impact on the forms and presentation of art, music, and literature.

New Music Box

Indonesia:The year of music when indie goes down the rabbit hole of esotericism

Indie, punk, hipsterdom, or whatever you may call it, has had a long history of turning its back not only on what is available in the mainstream music scene.

The Jakarta Post

Why everyone is wrong about minimalism

Despite its many critics, minimalism is still a triumphant force in classical music.

The Telegraph

Dylan fait péter les cassettes

Un collectif met en musique des chansons inédites tandis que sortent six albums pirates du maître.

Libération

South Africa: The evolution of the black band

The cultural scene in Johannesburg's inner city spawned the birth of a number of experimental black music acts. Kwanele Sosibo tracks their evolution.

Mail&Guardian

The 30 best jazz albums of 2014

CDs from Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum and Dr John are among the best jazz albums of 2014.

The Telegraph

Jazz in Nigeria... It's Evolution

Nigeria's romance with jazz music probably began as far back as the 1940s, after the Second World War with the homecoming from overseas of such names as Bobby Benson, Tunde Amuwo, Bob Edwards, Willy Payne, among others.

All Africa

The Honest Truth: The current state of popular music

Picture this: you're shopping through a supermarket, pushing a cart down the right side of the aisle, taking note of all the most popular brands, and when you see something that tickles your fancy, you toss it in your cart.

The Michigan Daily


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