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Why 2013 was a golden year for hip-hop

It was the year not just of great music, but also of hip-hop shaping the debates around popular culture.

Mail&Guardian

Zimbabwe: Gospel Hip-Hop On the Rise

The wave of hip-hop gospel music seems to be on the increase in Zimbabwe as more and more young artistes continue joining the fray to display their lyrical prowess for the gospel.

All Africa

Becoming Pavarotti

It was just a couple of years after the end of the war, when Beniamino Gigli came to a town in northcentral Italy to sing in Lucia di Lammermoor at the local theatre.

Limelight

Mali romanticism from the heartlands of America

Grammy-winning Tuareg rebel-rockers Tinariwen have been forced abroad by the crisis in Mali – but they sound better than ever.

The Telegraph

Northern Soul Radio

It's been 40 years since the first all-night R&B party at the Wigan Casino nightclub outside Manchester, England.

NPR

 

Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

Mukhtar Mai is from a small tribal village in Pakistan. In 2002, her brother was accused of sexually molesting a woman from a wealthy land-owning clan.

NPR

Ethiopia's Yegna – More girl power than Spice Girls

Whilst both Yegna and the Spice Girls were deliberately manufactured, comparisons between the Ethiopian girl group and their British predecessors are simplistic. Yegna are not in it for the money or the fame.

The Africa Report

The Year in Jazz

We discuss not just the albums and bandleaders, but also the emerging energies in rhythm sections, the changing ideas about tradition and experimentation, and the resurgence (again) of jazz singing.

The New York Times

Dueling pianists make peace in the Middle East

Israeli-Palestinian collaboration is quite rare on the classical music scene. It was only last month that the pianists of Duo Amal performed together on their home turf, and they just wrapped up a tour in the U.S.

PRI


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