Music the artform and artists

Reggae revival in Jamaica recalls golden era of 1970s

Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae, which became an international phenomenon thanks to Marley, who died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.

The Japan Times

Malkki at helm of Finnish orchestra cracks glass ceiling

Only a few women have made it to top conducting positions in classical music, and Finland's Malkki has joined the list.


Les tranchées, berceau musical

Entre 1914 et 1918, la rencontre entre soldats bretons, parisiens et jazzmen américains projette la France dans le nouveau siècle.


What did ancient Mesopotamian music sound like?

We have the text of lots of poems from ancient Mesopotamia, and it seems likely that some were originally songs of a sort.


Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

The label became a force in the recording industry by pioneering electronic music and world music, launching the ragtime revival and becoming a place where contemporary classical composers had a home.


The Weird Little Industry Behind a Mesmerizing Instrument

The manufacturers of the world's handpans don't want to turn to mass production. The result: Super-long waiting lists to get one of these rare steel orbs.

The Atlantic

En 1914, les airs de musique d'avant la guerre

Réduite au silence par l'entrée en guerre de la France, l'année fut partagée entre les pitreries des chansonniers, la liberté nouvelle du tango et une inquiétude déjà mise en sons.


Peret, the musical genius who gave us the Rumba Catalana

Staring in the 1960's, Peret's performances made Rumba Catalana one of the most popular Spanish music styles — in Spain or anywhere else.


Mulatu Astatke: the man who created 'Ethio jazz'

As a fashionable novelty, Ethiopian jazz may indeed have had its moment in the spotlight. As an evolving form, however, it demonstrates greater resilience.

The Guardian

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