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Arab orchestra hits the right notes in US

Founded in 2009, the National Arab Orchestra was originally a small chamber music group called the Michigan Arab Orchestra and included an oud (Arab lute), qanun (Arab zither), violin, nay (Arab reed flute), and riqq (Arab tambourine).

Al Jazeera

Dying Caucasus Musical Traditions Recorded

Today, the Caucasus is regarded as a region of instability, comprising heavily disputed areas as well as separatist regions.

The Moscow Times

The Arab music scene

The Arabic music scene has been literally revolutionized over the past few years.

Arab News

Jazz Is Nigeria's Greatest Export

According to Diana Bada, jazz can be described as Nigeria's greatest cultural achievement and export to the world, having given a powerful voice to what Nigeria is.


Why 2013 was a golden year for hip-hop

It was the year not just of great music, but also of hip-hop shaping the debates around popular culture.


Zimbabwe: Gospel Hip-Hop On the Rise

The wave of hip-hop gospel music seems to be on the increase in Zimbabwe as more and more young artistes continue joining the fray to display their lyrical prowess for the gospel.

All Africa

Becoming Pavarotti

It was just a couple of years after the end of the war, when Beniamino Gigli came to a town in northcentral Italy to sing in Lucia di Lammermoor at the local theatre.


Mali romanticism from the heartlands of America

Grammy-winning Tuareg rebel-rockers Tinariwen have been forced abroad by the crisis in Mali – but they sound better than ever.

The Telegraph

Northern Soul Radio

It's been 40 years since the first all-night R&B party at the Wigan Casino nightclub outside Manchester, England.



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