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Music the artform and artists

Hundred years of pop music in Nigeria: what shaped four eras

In Nigeria, the shutdown of concerts and public music performances was swift. Not even the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967 to 1970 could shut down all of Nigeria. In fact, popular music activities boomed in Lagos as bombs rained on Biafra.

Music in Africa

En symphonie ou en vinyle : la musique de jeux vidéo enfin reconnue comme un genre musical à part entière

Après les Chorégies d'Orange en 2021, la musique de jeux vidéo s'invite aux prestigieuses BBC Proms à Londres ce lundi avec un concert symphonique des grands airs de Battlefield et Zelda. Une première pour le festival, qui témoigne de la reconnaissance populaire mondiale que gagne le genre musical.

Radio France

Alejandro Flores, el violinista olvidado: una historia de música y precariedad laboral

Alejandro Flores Betancourt nació en Emiliano Zapata (Morelos) en 1959. A los 12 años se mudó a Ciudad de México y a los 17 años grababa los sonidos de músicos regionales de diferentes zonas de México, una labor de recolección que continuó años más tarde.

El País

‘Music is my journey’: Brazil’s Milton Nascimento bids farewell to the stage

As Nascimento nears his ninth decade of life, the inimitable Afro-Brazilian vocalist is preparing to retire from the stages that have made him one of South America’s most venerated troubadours.

The Guardian

How Niwel Tsumbu is reimagining Congolese folk songs with his polyphonic guitar fusion

Growing up in Kinshasa, Tsumbu was first exposed to traditional Congolese music at church. At the same time, he was absorbing western classical composers such as Beethoven and Vivaldi over the radio.


How BTS Became One of the Most Popular Bands in History

In an age of despair and division, a boy band from South Korea remixed the rules of pop and created a fandom bigger than Beatlemania.

The New Yorker

Tanzanie, Comores : Le twarab est en voies

En Tanzanie comme aux Comores, le genre poursuit son évolution, et s’hybride aujourd’hui au jazz ou au rap, comme à la rumba.

Pan African Music

El Theremin: el instrumento que revolucionó la historia de la música

Su creador, el físico ruso León Theremin, ideó también aparatos de espionaje usados durante la Guerra Fría, fue víctima del destierro stalinista, y le abrió camino a la música electrónica.


Where Is Jazz Most at Home?

The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which the music is most likely to grow.

The New York Times

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