Music the artform and artists

Did Syria create the world's first song?

Syria’s musical traditions show histories and cultures that transcend contemporary politics and war. This is a country that gave the world song.

BBC

How diy opera composers reinvented a genre

Opera has always been a game of big bets. Companies invest entire annual budgets in a handful of productions, relying on long show runs and broad appeal to turn a profit.

21 Century Musician

La musique traditionnelle en Guinée équatoriale

La musique traditionnelle est au cœur de la société équato-guinéenne. Considérée comme sacrée et mystique, elle est jouée dans toutes les circonstances que ce soit une initiation, un mariage ou d'autres cérémonies importantes.

Music in Africa

65th International Rostrum of Composers

A flagship project of the International Music Council (IMC), the IRC was launched in 1954 and will be hosted this year for the first time in Hungary, co-organized with Bartok Radio – MTVA.

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¡Que Viva la Música Latina!

In 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts launched its annual National Heritage Fellowship award program, putting a major spotlight on renowned traditional artists from across the United States and its territories.

Smithsonian Folkways

How Nigerian pop stole Fuji praise-singing

There is an intersection between juju maestro Ebenezer Obey’s 1972 number dedicated to "Board Members" and QDot Alagbe’s 2018 mention of "Egbe Inumidun" in 'Ijo Gelede'.

Music in Africa

The independent zine telling the authentic story of UK underground music

TRENCH’s passionate coverage of grime, hip hop, and newer genres like drill is driven by its founders’ fundamental belief in DIY culture.

Dazed

How the iconic music of 2001: A Space Odyssey came to be

“Before the MGM brass flew in, Kubrick said, ‘Get this much money and buy all the classical music you can find downtown.’”

Vox

Les années fastes du folk

Dans les années 60, un courant «trad», souvent régionaliste et contestataire, essaime en France autour de figures comme Alan Stivell ou Malicorne. Jusqu’à l’arrivée du punk.

Libération


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