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Music the artform and artists

Happy 30th birthday, 'world music'

1987 was a big year for music. "World music," in particular, since that's when the global genre was first named as an industry category.


Philip Glass Celebrates His 80th Birthday With an 11th Symphony

“I’ve found that the symphonies’ appeal is that they each have a personality,” he said in a recent interview.

The New York Times

International choir competitions are increasingly popular. Why?

Unlike competitions for soloists, winners do not receive large sums of prize money or recording contracts. That doesn't seem to put participants off.

The Economist

Does opera exclude you, or do you exclude opera?

The public need to take the lead in exploring opera.

Classical Music

La musique traditionnelle, source d’inspiration pour les compositeurs togolais

Les rythmes traditionnels constituent le socle des compositions togolaises actuelles. C’est ce qu’ont révélé plusieurs compositeurs Togolais.

Music in Africa

Liberia: Documenting Hipco

Hipco, which grew from the crumbling ghettos and slum communities of Monrovia and its environs, has defied the odds to remain the popular music genre in Liberia, and serving as the medium through which rappers speak against societal ills, including injustice and corruption.

All Africa

The enigmatic 1970s Nigerian musician who was a hipster favorite from London to Brooklyn

“Better Change Your Mind” was this writer’s introduction to the enigmatic talent that was William Onyeabor, who died on Tuesday at the age of 70.


Pakistan: the lack of money put into the business of music is our biggest strength

For a nation that is alarmingly agreeable when it comes to denying itself the wealth of the cultural heritage at its disposal — a birthright many other young nations cannot boast of — we just can’t seem to keep music down.


Simon Rattle: The Maestro With the Busy Baton

Mr. Rattle is 61, and his shock of curls is now progressing from gray to a bright maestro white. But he still exudes youthful dynamism, on and off the podium.

The New York Times

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