Music the artform and artists

Bi Kidude

World Music Network were saddened to hear of the passing of Tanzanian legend Fatuma Binti Barak (aka Bi Kidude) on 17 April 2013. Bi Kidude was a Zanzibari taarab and unyago singer.

World Music Network

Making the case for English music

A little over ten years ago, fresh out of university and with that accompanying naïve optimism and lack of understanding of the problems that beset real life, I decided to follow my dreams and set up a festival dedicated to English music.

Gramophone

Frankfurt, Kaufmann, Stemme top opera honours

Frankfurt Opera was crowned the world's best opera company on Monday at the inaugural International Opera Awards which were set up to promote opera to a wider audience as it comes under increasing financial pressure.

Reuters

Even the Score

Last year, NewMusicBox, an online magazine for contemporary classical music, published an essay by the composer Amy Beth Kirsten entitled "The 'Woman Composer' Is Dead."

The New Yorker

The State Of Music Writing, Musicians Writing

Back in 2008, I was on a panel on IFC's website with some distinguished names in the field of online music writing: Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber, Bill Crandall (then at Spinner), and Maura Johnston (then with Idolator).

Billboard

Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

Thirty-year-old composer, violinist and singer Caroline Shaw had the surprise of her life this afternoon. Enjoying a sunny day outside, she got a call from a friend informing her that she had won the Pulitzer Prize for her Partita for 8 Voices.

NPR

Rwanda: In Rememberance Of Musicians Killed During The Genocide

As some musicians such as Simon Bikindi were busy urging for the annihilaton of the Tutsi during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, some of their colleagues in the profession were targeted by the killers.

All Africa

Muddy Waters: Celebrating a great blues star

Van Morrison, not a man given to hyperbole, said: "Muddy Waters is a prime influence for anybody who's ever done anything rock 'n' roll."

The Telegraph

Stradivarius trees: Searching for perfect musical wood

Switzerland is home to some of the best violin makers in the world. But how do they know which tree will make a top quality violin? A wander through the forest with a master tree picker gives an idea of the enormous experience and instinct required.

BBC


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