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Not Your Abuela's Music: A Deep Dive Into Mexican Regional Music

What's important to remember is that "Mexican Regional" is a catch-all term. Historically, accordions have been king as these styles travelled north and south, so most of the conversations around this music are dominated by corridos and boleros performed in the norteño style.


What Makes Music Universal

In the past two years, the debate over whether music is universal, or even whether that debate has merit, has raged like a battle of the bands among scientists. The stage has expanded from musicology to evolutionary biology to cultural anthropology.


One Violinist, One Violin… and Six Armed Guards

When Niccolò Paganini, around 1802, needed a powerful new violin, he found (or was given) an instrument by Guarneri del Gesù. It had been made in 1743, near the end of the great luthier’s career.


Les tribulations africaines de Bob Marley

Du pèlerinage en Éthiopie à la consécration au Zimbabwe en passant par les concerts ambivalents au Gabon, les trois séjours effectués en Afrique par Bob Marley ont été des moments clés de la carrière et de la vie de la première star issue du tiers monde. Quarante ans après sa disparition survenue le 11 mai 1981, le roi du reggae a conservé sur le continent sa dimension iconique.


Alan Lomax y el viaje que cambió la historia de la música popular

Los encuentros del folclorista con artistas como Muddy Waters, Fred McDowell y Son House prendieron la mecha de la explosión del rhythm & blues a ambos lados del Atlántico.

El Periódico

Herbie Hancock and a cast of jazz greats to mark 10th Anniversary of International Jazz Day

Hosted by multi-Academy Award winning actor Michael Douglas, the 2021 All-Star Global Concert will be streamed live from UNESCO in Paris and the United Nations in New York with a lineup of some of the best international artists performing from cities around the world.


Meet the Man Recreating Ancient Musical Instruments Lost to Time

Tharun Sekar’s creations include the yazh, a harp-like instrument played in India 2,000 years ago.

Atlas Obscura

10 Essential Dizzy Gillespie Recordings

He loved the nickname “Dizzy,” and he did everything he could to live up to it. The hyperactive stage antics, the puffed cheeks, the distinctive bent trumpet—it all fed into his persona as a showman. Yet John Birks Gillespie was anything but dizzy.

Jazz Times

Julian Lloyd Webber: The rich world of African classical music

Musician Rebeca Omordia has spent years unearthing the classical music of a whole continent, culminating in the hugely successful African Concert Series.

The Guardian

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