Music the artform and artists

Hugh Masekela: South Africa's 'Father of Jazz'

Jazz legend Hugh Masekela first picked up a trumpet in the 1950s: a time when the colour of his skin meant he was no more than a second-class citizen in his own country, South Africa.

BBC

The Pop Innovations of a 50-Year-Old Soundtrack

The Graduate’s use of folk-rock songs by Simon and Garfunkel stood in for a generation’s reaction to the status quo.

The Atlantic

Tour du monde en 33 tours

Alors que les CD n’intéressent plus grand monde, la résurrection du vinyle se confirme. Une lubie occidentale? Pas si sûr : de Nairobi à Oulan Bator, des disquaires militent pour le microsillon.

Libération

Native American Rockers

Drawing upon the 2012 Smithsonian exhibit, "Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture," Salas’ documentary, “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” highlights rockers like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and Robbie Robertson.

PRI

Bessie Smith, The Empress Of The Blues

She was big and brown and built high off the ground — "a hell of a woman," men called her, but most women said she was "rough." And while there were other blues singers in the first half of the 20th century — some who shared her surname — none could be mistaken for Bessie Smith.

NPR

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Why are so many Mongolians winning international singing awards?

The Guardian

The Best Opera Recording Ever Is Maria Callas Singing ‘Tosca.’ Hear Why.

Every soprano who sings Tosca tries to make her opening words — frantic calls of her lover’s name, before she’s even onstage — sound suspicious.

The New York Times

Qui était Dizzy Gillespie, le trompettiste aux grosses joues ?

Il y a 25 ans disparaissait l’un des monstres sacrés du jazz, Dizzy Gillespie. Trompettiste et improvisateur de génie, il s’est fait ambassadeur du be-bop et du jazz latino à travers le monde.

France Musique

Free improvisation: still the ultimate in underground music?

Pioneered in the 1950s by musicians breaking the rules of jazz and composition, free improvisation is still as difficult – and potentially transcendent – as it ever was.

The Guardian


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