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Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

Mukhtar Mai is from a small tribal village in Pakistan. In 2002, her brother was accused of sexually molesting a woman from a wealthy land-owning clan.


Ethiopia's Yegna – More girl power than Spice Girls

Whilst both Yegna and the Spice Girls were deliberately manufactured, comparisons between the Ethiopian girl group and their British predecessors are simplistic. Yegna are not in it for the money or the fame.

The Africa Report

The Year in Jazz

We discuss not just the albums and bandleaders, but also the emerging energies in rhythm sections, the changing ideas about tradition and experimentation, and the resurgence (again) of jazz singing.

The New York Times

Dueling pianists make peace in the Middle East

Israeli-Palestinian collaboration is quite rare on the classical music scene. It was only last month that the pianists of Duo Amal performed together on their home turf, and they just wrapped up a tour in the U.S.


In defence of female conductors

Chief Conductor of the Australian Ballet Nicolette Fraillon talks of her experience in a male-dominated industry.


Where the Craftsmen Are Women

Situated across the Arno River from Florence's more heavily trafficked tourist attractions in what was a 16th-century refuge for the poor, via di Camaldoli remains a street without a hint of glamour. Yet hidden treasures lurk here.

The Wall Street Journal

By The Numbers: 2013 In Classical Music

For the fourth year running at Bachtrack, we've taken a look through our extensive database of classical music, opera and dance events worldwide, and drawn together a few of the most interesting statistics to emerge from them all.


The Audience is the Most Important Instrument

Today I want to talk about a notion that is killing contemporary music. It's an idea that is not confined to any one location, social group, or stylistic camp, and one that occasionally rears its head in both the halls of academia and the hippest coffee shops.

New Music Box

Nelson Mandela Passes: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution.



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