Music the artform and artists

A secret singing life: the vibrant world of Renaissance convent choirs

In 16th-century Italy – and across Europe – convents were the backbones of the economic and spiritual wellbeing of a city.


Grand bruit à New York

A la fin des années 80, quelques têtes de pioche ont réinventé le rock sonore et expérimental.


Somali Night Fever: the little known story of Somalia's disco era

In the 1970s and 80s Mogadishu's airwaves were filled with Somali funk, disco, soul and reggae.

The Guardian

“Hearing” the Hammond Organ

The Hammond Organ was the first electronic musical instrument to become commercially successful.

New Music Box

The New Generation of LA Rap Is Changing Everything

A group of rappers and producers are reimagining not just the sound of Los Angeles, but its slang, its fashion sense, and the cultural divide between blacks and latinos.


Pop 2.0: how globalised music created a new kind of star

English is no longer the lingua franca of pop music, and its alpha stars – Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga – are an endangered species.

The Guardian

Bob Marley - 37 ans après sa mort, sa musique se bonifie et la légende persiste!

37 ans après sa mort, l'on constate que celui qui est considéré à juste titre comme le "Pape" du reggae est resté dans la conscience collective. La légende est belle et bien vivante.

All Africa

Polar Music Prize 2019

The values promoted by the Polar Music Prize strongly echo with our own values that are embodied in the IMC Five Music Rights, which advocate for access to music education and musical participation as well as freedom of expression through music for every child and adult while defending the right of musical artists to be recognised as artists, to obtain fair remuneration for their work and to be given access to professional training, media and work facilities.

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Spiritual music in Lesotho

In Lesotho, like in many other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, spirituality is a treasured facet of life. This is evidenced by the many customs, rituals and cultural practices associated with it.

Music in Africa

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