Music the artform and artists

If it's country music and it's Kenya, it must be Elvis

Country is the most popular music genre in the US. In Africa, not so much. But here's an exception to that rule.


The 12 Greatest Wagner Singers of All Time

The finest exponents of the German master's operas from the 1920s to the present day.


Remembering Mama Africa, Five Years On

"I kept my culture. I kept the music of my roots. Through my music I became this voice and image of Africa and the people without even realising" - Miriam Makeba.

All Africa

What Lou Reed Gave Classical Music

Lou Reed never dabbled in symphonic music and he steered clear of writing a grandiose rock opera. But the rock 'n' roll iconoclast, who died on Sunday at age 71, was more than punk's most important ancestor.


Growing up without religion in the Soviet Union, believing in jazz

One of the world's great jazz saxophonists was born in a country that once outlawed the saxophone.

Public Radio International

Verve Records and the man who made jazz the sound of America

Norman Granz, the founder of jazz label Verve, was a divisive figure who did much to end racial segregation in America's concert halls – as well as masterminding the later career of Ella Fitzgerald.

The Guardian


Ukrainian Opera Singer Wins Maria Bieşu Competition

Ukrainian opera singer Yulia Tereshchuk became the winner of the first prize at the XXI International Competition of Opera Singers Maria Bieşu in Chișinău, Moldova.



Is This the Opera of the Future?

In an age of personalized everything – from medicine to marketing – personalized performing arts is increasingly in vogue.


The pianist who won the Internet

'Done is better than perfect" was the motto of the mid-aughts. Adopters of this Internet maxim won their place atop the search and social heap.

The Washington Post

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