Music the artform and artists

Ogene: How an Igbo genre broke into mainstream Nigerian music

As an instrument, ogene is forged by blacksmiths who can still be found in Awka. It is the most important of an array of Igbo musical instruments including the ekwe, igba, oja, udu and ichaka.

Music in Africa

12 Sound Artists Changing Your Perception of Art

For some, abstraction might mean non-figurative painting, but today’s hottest emotive medium is so abstract it can’t be seen, touched, or felt.

ArtNet News

The 42,000 year old instruments still making a noise in the classical world

Carbon dating techniques show they’re around 42,000 years old. Three of the flutes were found in the Geissenklösterle caves in Swabia in South Germany, one came from the Isturitz cave in the Pyrenees.

The Telegraph

10 Women Sound Engineers Changing The Game

Owing to issues of systemic sexism, it can often be difficult for women to break into the 'boys' club' of audio production, despite obvious talent. Here we look at ten different women sound engineers who were able to do just that.

HypeBot

Hip-hop : une musique qui parle d’un Continent à l’autre

Sujatha Fernandes, professeure d’économie politique et de sociologie à l’Université de Sydney, nous parle aujourd’hui du hip-hop comme subculture qui favorise l’alliance politique des Afrodescendants à travers le monde.

Africultures

The Knight Errant of Music Criticism

In 1942 the composer Ned Rorem, then nineteen, attended a panel at Northwestern University made up of various grandees from the world of music.

NY Books

Ikutaro Kakehashi, Roland founder and music pioneer

Tributes have been paid to the man behind the synthesiser and drum machines that revolutionised electronic music in the 1980s and 90s, Ikutaro Kakehashi, who has died aged 87.

The Guardian

Why Choral Music Is Slow Food for the Soul

We live in a time of chaotic global ever-availability: I was served asparagus on a plane in January and, in the same month, saw depressing-looking corns on the cob in a rural Icelandic grocery store.

The New York Times

Zimbabwe: What's the Future of Gospel Music in Zim?

In Zimbabwe, gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes and as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

All Africa


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