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Africa is home to many diverse and captivating styles of music. What follows is my own personal picks of African musicians who I feel people should know about. This is by no means and exhaustive list; there are many other great
by Troy
Behold, she who is…Nina Simone. Nina Simone’s artistry is so vast and expansive that it is often difficult for people to categorize her. She is generally lumped into Jazz, but I put her in the get-inside-you-and-make-you-jive category. Nina Simone is and
100 ESSENTIAL JAZZ ALBUMS by David RemnickMAY 19, 2008 While finishing “Bird-Watcher,” a Profile of the jazz broadcaster and expert Phil Schaap, I thought it might be useful to compile a list of a hundred essential jazz albums, more as a guide
The number of blogs on the internet is somewhat overwhelming, but I still enjoy sifting through site after site, searching for the perfect ‘beat’, so to speak (with apologies to Gilles Peterson). It is like walking in the middle of a
Picture the 1920s in America. Big-band jazz, flapper girls and clunky cars. The dawn of youth culture. It seems naive and cartoony to us now, but even at the time, the strange mix of innocence and raunchiness was captured by tuned-in
Note: This post is part of September's Curator's Corner Theme: Anniversaries, celebrating great artistic legacies. The final year of a decade is always an interesting one, culturally speaking, straddling between the ending decade and the decade yet to come.
This month in Classical and Experimental Music (as well as related genres and subgenres), I would like to focus on “quiet music.” William Cosgreve wrote the oft-misquoted line “music has charms to soothe the savage breast,” and many people have taken
Billy Eichner, half of the dynamic team that brought you Creation Nation, is branching out with a solo run GAY WHITE AND TERRIFIED, at Joe's Pub with three shows left (6/1, 6/8, 6/12). Best known for his 'Man on the Street'
by Arty
Art blogs to bookmark!ArtforumThe virtual component of the print magazine, has a ton of features to check in with daily. Their “Picks” page is up-to-date with critics’ picks of current shows (along with an archive of past shows) everywhere from
LuminaTO, Toronto's Festival of Arts + Creativity, runs from June 5-14, 2009, animating downtown venues and locales with a veritable plethora of events and happenings in visual arts, literature, theatre, film, music and dance. It's only the third year for what
Standing in line on a Tuesday night, for two hours, on Vine Street. My Friend Carey had invited me to tag along to attend the screening of Björk's Voltaic: The Volta Tour Live. The film is a live document
The Grove Dictionary of Music describes ethnomusicology as “[t]he study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global contexts.” This differs somewhat from musicology, which Grove defines as “the scholarly study of music.” While from these
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