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Music the artform and artists

A Black Composer’s Legacy Flourishes 500 Years After His Birth

The reputation of Vicente Lusitano, one of the earliest known composers of African descent active in Europe, was thwarted for centuries.

The New York Times

Hip hop in Sudan

At the start of the 1960s, Sudanese musicians began incorporating Western influences in their compositions. Brass instruments, accordions, electric guitars, violins, synths and pianos, accentuated by drum kits, produced a hybrid sound of jazz and blues that was widely loved.

Music in Africa

Dread Broadcasting Corporation: The pirate that changed British radio

In 1981 Rita Marley’s brother Leroy Anderson aka Lepke launched the Dread Broadcasting Corporation (DBC), Europe’s first dedicated black music station.


Comment le rappeur Wegz a redéfini la musique en Égypte

L'artiste le plus streamé du monde arabe a activement participé à la popularisation du style hip-hop dans le pays des pharaons.


Cultura rave: algo más que drogas y musicón

Más allá de las mediáticas fiestas de fin de año y de las anécdotas que las rodean, el movimiento ‘free party’ tiene unos valores y una historia que se iniciaron a finales de los ochenta.

El País

Much to cheer about the future of jazz in India

One challenge musicians face is that shows may be erratic, and that jazz is not as paying as other genres.

The Hindu

Finding New Meaning in Timeless Music

A new wave of artists is turning African music into a force that honors the past and transcends borders.

The New York Times

The Untold Story of Disco and Its Black, Latino & LGBTQ Roots

Instead of live dance music, these venues boasted DJs, crate diggers open to any groove that would keep the party going on the dance floor: psychedelic, classic soul, progressive soul, jazz fusion, Latin American dance music, African pop.

Open Culture

Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music

Popular music is a key cultural expression that has captured listeners' attention for ages. Many of the structural regularities underlying musical discourse are yet to be discovered and, accordingly, their historical evolution remains formally unknown.


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