Music the artform and artists

A beginner’s guide to the history and hybridity of reggaeton

You won’t find Capezzio Disco Bar in reggaeton history books — rarely do traditional timelines stop off in the Mexican port town Veracruz — but in 1990, it became the national epicenter of the explicit party music when it changed its soundtrack from salsa to reggaeton.

FACT Mag

Is the Cover Making a Recovery?

The history of the cover song, and why it may be mounting a comeback.

Slate

‘Darmstadt taught me how to compose’

‘Maestro Morricone is a composer. Composers do not use the piano to compose music with, they write their music down directly in musical notes without the interference of any musical instrument.’

The Spectator

Le tango : histoire d’une danse et d’une musique

Des bas fonds de Buenos Aires aux riches salons parisiens, le tango est une musique qui se danse aussi bien qu’elle s’interprète. Histoire d’une culture à mille facettes.

France Musique

Beyoncé Is The 21st Century's Master Of Leveling Up

Since her Destiny's Child days, Bey's ability to project understanding has penetrated and advanced her development as an artist. With this skill anchoring her career, she has been able to nudge her listeners toward the concept of intersectional feminism.

NPR

Traditional music in Mozambique

In Mozambique, the implementation of traditional practices after independence was “natural”, given that colonial policies were developed to repress local culture.

Music in Africa

From the ‘Ouff’ to the Pop: What changed in Arabic music

Arabic music underwent three major modifications that resulted in the decrease in importance of classical Arabic music and the rise of what is known today as ‘modern Arabic music’.

An-Nahar

Is K-pop the ultimate cultural appropriation, or South Korea improving overseas trends

Cultural appropriation is a common accusation in the music industry, and K-pop groups such as BTS seem to have copied Asian and Western genres. But is it any different to Korea taking overseas technology and improving it?

South China Morning Post

The Unlikely Endurance of Christian Rock

The genre has been disdained by the church and mocked by secular culture. That just reassured practitioners that they were rebels on a righteous path.

The New York Times


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