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Music the artform and artists

The cosmic sound of Cape Verde in 1980s

A long title for a compilation with a fascinating story.

World Music Central

Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

Imagine you're a teenager in Beijing in the 1960s and '70s, during the Cultural Revolution. Everything that's deemed Western and bourgeois is banned — so listening to a 78 rpm recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, powerfully transformative as it might be, is off limits.


On the Genius of Juan Gabriel, the Musical Architect of Modern Mexico

He was a Latin American icon, at one time the highest-paid Spanish-language singer on Earth, a highly prolific artist who composed over 1,800 songs, put out 35 albums, and had his work performed by more than 800 artists in virtually all of the world’s languages.


What Really Is 'African Music'?

The debate has been raging for a while now, with legendary African artistes accusing their youthful peers of "blindly copying the West" in their craft. Many others have accused contemporary artistes of not being "African enough" by not sticking with an African sound.

All Africa

Make Your Own Latin Music Scene

What do you do when established record companies won't even listen to your work? For starters, you have to seek and establish alternative ways to reach listeners.


The lost geniuses of library music

They were asked to provide jingles for adverts and schools TV - instead they invented a new world of sound. Jude Rogers on electronic music's secret pioneers.

The Guardian

You Are What You Hear

Music be the food of love, spirit, patriotism, and dozens of other isms, all hungry for the mysterious sustenance that musical vibrations provide.

Folkways Magazine

Got a Classic Piece? Here Comes the Sequel.

“Composers have always wanted to fondle the pieces that they love,” John Adams, of “Nixon in China” fame, said in a recent interview.

The New York Times

Algérie: Création d'un comité de recueil de la poésie "Melhoun" et de chants sur la Révolution algérienne

Dans une allocution à la clôture du colloque national sur la poésie (qacida) révolutionnaire, le ministre a fait savoir qu'à ce jour, plus de 15.000 heures de témoignages ont été enregistrées.

All Africa

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