Music the artform and artists

Tina Turner: 10 simply the best songs and the stories behind them

The songs trace her story from her unhappy partnership with first husband Ike to her 1980s comeback courtesy of a British synth pop group.


The Story of Zamrock: Zambia's 1970s Fuzz Rock Sound

Get to know the musical and political history behind Zambia's much-talked about 1970s fuzz rock scene and genre.

Okay Africa

Beans and violins - orchestra blends classical roots with modern Nigeria

At a Lagos cultural centre, a rapt audience listened to baritone John Onosolease perform an operatic song in the Yoruba language about a hapless soldier being admonished for his failure to cook a flavoursome dish of beans.


Kaija Saariaho, the composer who explored color and light

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, an artist who offered a dazzling palette of colors in her music, died from complications of brain cancer Friday at her home in Paris.


Le Fespam fait son retour cette année

Après huit ans d’hibernation, le Festival panafricain de musique (Fespam) sera de nouveau organisé dans la capitale congolaise.


Casia de Constantinopla, ¿la primera compositora de la historia de la música?

Quizás haya oído hablar alguna vez de Francesca Caccini (1587-1640), Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677), Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847), Clara Schumann (1819-1896), o de las hermanas Nadia (1887-1979) y Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) (por citar solo a algunas de las compositoras hoy más conocidas).

The Conversation

Chris Blackwell, Angélique Kidjo and Arvo Pärt Named 2023 Polar Music Prize Laureates

The prestigious Polar Music Prize was created by Stig “Stikkan” Anderson, famed Swedish writer/producer/label owner/publisher and manager of ABBA, and first presented in 1992.


Throat singing in Kangirsuk

In traditional katajjaq, also known as Inuit throat singing, two women stand face to face and perform a duet that doubles as something of a musical battle.


Fatoumata Diawara, 50 nuances intenses d’africanité

Entre tradition et modernité, le don de Diawara est imprégné des rythmes authentiques de la musique Wassoulou, région du Mali d’où Fatoumata Diawara est originaire.

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