Music the artform and artists

Jazz comp: How musicians stay original

In jazz, it's all about the comp. The comp's all about variation and reinvention, not something new.


A look at jazz influence in Bollywood music

The story of jazz in Bollywood is a fascinating one. It goes back to the '50s and 60s, when some talented Goan musicians brought alive Indian classical-based compositions with their Western musical arrangements.


South Africa: Breaking sound barriers for the love of jazz

From big band to bebop and township jazz in South Africa, young musicians of their times such as saxophonist John Coltrane, pianist Moses Molelekwa and more recently trumpeter Christian Scott Atunde, to name a few, have been shifting the shape of jazz since the start of the 20th century.


5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz

Poetry and song were once the same: The first poems were recited to music played on the lyre. Today, poems are published in books and journals, while songs are heard but seldom read.


New music's quality problem

Whenever I come across a new music community post about the so-called "audience problem," I think to myself: isn't that a little entitled?

New Music Box

Maroc:Le chantre de la musique amazighe n'est plus

La scène musicale marocaine est en deuil. En effet, la légende de la chanson amazighe moderne, Abdelaziz Chamkh, qui était hospitalisé à l'hôpital militaire de Rabat, est décédé, vendredi dernier, à l'âge de 63 ans.

All Africa

What makes a great composer?

There's no science of ranking composers, and that it's all individual choice guided by social consensus. But is all that guides us really just a fear of looking silly at a dinner party?

The Telegraph

Zimbabwe: New Faces of Mbira Music

The local mbira sector is characterised by traditionalist and elders who are out to preserve the local culture through music.

All Africa

India's electronic music scene

This may be the biggest year yet for Indian electronic music.

The Guardian

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