Music the artform and artists

Composing with confidence

What support do emerging composers and sound artists really need to develop?

Arts Professional

Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

Duke Ellington added more than 3,000 songs to the American music vault before his death in 1974.

NPR

In China, ‘Once the Villages Are Gone, the Culture Is Gone’

Once or twice a week, a dozen amateur musicians meet under a highway overpass on the outskirts of Beijing, carting with them drums, cymbals and the collective memory of their destroyed village.

The New York Times

Arab orchestra hits the right notes in US

Founded in 2009, the National Arab Orchestra was originally a small chamber music group called the Michigan Arab Orchestra and included an oud (Arab lute), qanun (Arab zither), violin, nay (Arab reed flute), and riqq (Arab tambourine).

Al Jazeera

Dying Caucasus Musical Traditions Recorded

Today, the Caucasus is regarded as a region of instability, comprising heavily disputed areas as well as separatist regions.

The Moscow Times

The Arab music scene

The Arabic music scene has been literally revolutionized over the past few years.

Arab News

Jazz Is Nigeria's Greatest Export

According to Diana Bada, jazz can be described as Nigeria's greatest cultural achievement and export to the world, having given a powerful voice to what Nigeria is.

Vanguard

Why 2013 was a golden year for hip-hop

It was the year not just of great music, but also of hip-hop shaping the debates around popular culture.

Mail&Guardian

Zimbabwe: Gospel Hip-Hop On the Rise

The wave of hip-hop gospel music seems to be on the increase in Zimbabwe as more and more young artistes continue joining the fray to display their lyrical prowess for the gospel.

All Africa


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