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'Every black man have to fight': Buju Banton on prison and liberation

Jamaica’s reggae megastar received a hero’s welcome when he came home after seven years in a US jail. ‘No guts, no glory – that’s my genesis,’ he says in a rare interview At the end of 2018, the reggae star Buju Banton returned to Jamaica after almost seven years in a US prison, and Norman Manley international airport was mobbed. His flight was delayed, the chants of “We want Buju” ramped up, then after a brief prayer huddle in the customs area, he pushed into the arrivals hall to pandemonium. I...
Tags: Music, Race, Americas, US, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Kingston, US prisons, Caribbean, Norman Manley, Buju Banton, Banton


Madrid's Teatro Real reopens with socially distanced opera

Verdi’s La Traviata reimagined with cast and orchestra wearing face masksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe opening scenes of merriment have taken on a sombre tone, with the chorus clad in black and white and spaced exactly 2 metres apart. Minutes into the staging of La Traviata, the surgical masks come off, timed with the rising notes of an orchestra led by a conductor standing behind a plastic screen.Spain’s Teatro Real will reopen its doors to the public on Wednes...
Tags: Europe, Music, Spain, World news, Culture, Opera, Madrid, Verdi, La Traviata, Teatro Real, Coronavirus outbreak


Kanye West: Wash Us in the Blood review – an intensely potent study of race and faith

This new track sees Kanye at his very best, corralling his anger with masterful focus into an apocalyptic vision of AmericaAmerica, divided along racial and political lines and led by its own Herod, faces an invisible plague and a public reckoning against its history of violence. It’s against this Biblical backdrop that Kanye West imagines the next apocalyptic event, in one of his most focused and arresting tracks for years.Wash Us in the Blood sees the rapper call for a blood rain to deliver bl...
Tags: Music, Religion, Race, America, World news, US news, Rap, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Hip-hop, Christianity, Kanye, Herod, Arthur Jafa, AmericaAmerica


Johnny Mandel, Oscar-winning composer behind M*A*S*H theme, dies aged 94

Musician, composer and arranger who also won five Grammys hailed by Michael Bublé as ‘a genius, a beast’Johnny Mandel, the Oscar and Grammy-winning composer behind the theme from M*A*S*H and more, has died aged 94.Details of his death have not been released. The news was announced by musician and friend Michael Feinstein, who said: “A dear friend and extraordinary composer arranger and all-around brilliant talent Johnny Mandel just passed away. The world will never be quite the same without his ...
Tags: Music, Film, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jazz, Michael Buble, Michael Feinstein, Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mandel Oscar


Rolling Stones threaten to sue Donald Trump over use of songs

US president played 1969 classic at Tulsa rally despite cease-and-desist directivesThe Rolling Stones are threatening Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives.The Stones said in a statement on Sunday that their legal team was working with the BMI music rights organisation BMI to stop the use of their material in Trump’s reelection campaign. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, The Rolling Stones, Donald Trump, Trump, Tulsa, US elections 2020


The show must go on: concerts for one keep music alive in Paris

La Gare jazz club offers experience to solo audiences during coronavirus pandemicAt the entrance to La Gare jazz club, a former railway station in a northern district of Paris, customers form a physically distanced queue to sign up for the evening’s concerts.Julien de Casabianca, the venue director, adds their names to a list. “What’s your relationship?” he asks. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, France, World news, Culture, Paris, La Gare, Northern District, Coronavirus outbreak, Julien de Casabianca


How US K-pop fans became a political force to be reckoned with

Expect more online raids of the kind that drowned out a racist BLM backlash and humiliated Donald Trump, experts sayIt started as an attempt to blunt the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement but it ended in derision. When the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag appeared on Twitter, its unintended descent into ridicule was driven not by hardened political activists but by a loose coalition of young people worldwide united by their love of South Korean pop music.Those hoping to hold back the tide of su...
Tags: Music, Technology, Activism, US, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Pop and rock, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Bts, Black Lives Matter Movement, K-pop, Tiktok, US elections 2020


Billie Eilish granted restraining order over man who repeatedly visited home

New Yorker Prenell Rousseau behaved erratically outside pop singer’s Los Angeles home seven times on two days in MayA US judge has awarded pop singer Billie Eilish a restraining order against a man who repeatedly visited her family home.Prenell Rousseau, 24, who lives on Long Island, New York, appeared outside Eilish’s Los Angeles home seven times on 4 and 5 May, before being arrested and sent back to New York, a court was told. A temporary restraining order was taken out, which has now been ext...
Tags: Music, New York, Celebrity, US, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Long Island New York, Billie Eilish, Prenell Rousseau, Eilish 's Los Angeles


World spends to protect culture from economic ruin

From Italy to Madagascar, funding is in place to try to preserve the arts sector by supporting actors, musicians and other cultural workersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCultural recovery programmes amounting to billions of dollars have been established across the globe to shore up theatres, festivals and other arts institutions against economic ruin. Although some advocates believe the arts industry can be rejuvenated by interventions in a post-pandemic world, other...
Tags: Europe, Music, Greece, Film, France, Germany, Africa, Spain, World news, Culture, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Art and design, Television & radio, Museums


K-pop singer Yohan dies aged 28

Record label announces ‘the most unfortunate, sorrowful news’ about singer from boyband TSTKim Jeong-hwan, known as Yohan in the Korean pop group TST, has died aged 28.TST’s record label, KJ Entertainment confirmed the news, saying: “We are sad to relay the most unfortunate, sorrowful news. On June 16, TST member Yohan left this world. The late Yohan’s family is currently in deep mourning.” The cause of death has not been announced. Continue reading...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Celebrity, Life and style, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Pop and rock, Yohan, K-pop, Tst, KJ Entertainment


Suites, shoots and leaves: Spanish opera house reopens with concert for plants

String quartet will play Puccini for potted audience at grand venue in BarcelonaAttendees of the first post-lockdown concert at Barcelona’s Liceu opera house next week will not need masks or gloves, nor will they be required to observe physical distancing.But they might like to take along a nice comfy pot and a little water to prevent their roots from drying out as a string quartet serenades them, fittingly, with Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums). Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Classical Music, Puccini, Coronavirus outbreak


Dion: 'When I heard my album sober, I thought "Wow – heroin didn't touch it"'

He was a street-tough doo-wopper, then a wayward cult legend. Now at 80, Dion is embracing the blues – and his status as one of the last rock’n’rollers standingDion DiMucci was 13, maybe 14, when he first sang in a club for money, roughly the same time as he picked up a heroin habit that lasted 15 years. He got on the stage and belted out three Hank Williams songs – Cold, Cold Heart, Jambalaya and Hey Good Lookin’ and when he was done “the owners, Yodi and Bart, they gave me $20 apiece, which wa...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Religion, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Christianity, Blues, Older people, Columbia, Bart


Musicians hit hard by festival cancellations in southern Africa

Coronavirus has forced events including AfrikaBurn and Bushfire to cancel, leaving performers without promotional platforms and incomeIn a region where live music is everything – both for audiences and for performers heavily reliant on live appearances to make a living – the widespread cancellation of festivals across southern Africa has hit the music business hard.May should have seen the Bushfire festival in Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Zakifo and AfrikaBurn in South Africa, and A...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Festivals, Global development, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Music Festivals, Mozambique, eSwatini, Coronavirus outbreak, Swaziland Zakifo, Azgo


Paul McCartney blasts Italy's 'outrageous' ticket refund policy

Singer says government decree preventing refunds for cancelled gigs is ‘insult to fans’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSir Paul McCartney has strongly criticised the Italian government over an “outrageous” decree preventing concertgoers from getting refunds on gigs that were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The former Beatle had been due to perform in Naples on Tuesday and in Lucca on Saturday as part of his Freshen Up tour. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Money, World news, Consumer affairs, Culture, Italy, Stage, Paul Mccartney, Consumer Rights, Ticket Prices, Naples, Lucca, Coronavirus outbreak


Dalai Lama to release album of mantras and teachings set to music

‘Music has the potential to reach many more people,’ says the Tibetan spiritual leaderThe Dalai Lama, whose message of humanity, harmony and peace delivered with a smile has won millions of global followers, is releasing an album of mantras set to music to mark his 85th birthday next month.The Tibetan spiritual leader’s first foray into the world of recorded music comes five years after he appeared at the Glastonbury music festival, where he warned of the dangers of climate change, and the Ameri...
Tags: Music, Tibet, Religion, World news, Culture, Patti Smith, Dalai Lama, Buddhism


Catherine Deneuve was Johnny Hallyday’s secret love, book claims

Revelation that celebrated actor was late rocker’s ‘Lady L’ takes France by surpriseMore than two years after his death, the French rocker Johnny Hallyday is still causing sparks between the women in his life.The late star, a notorious womaniser, is at the centre of a love-triangle spat over claims the actor Catherine Deneuve was his lifelong soulmate and a factor in his split with his first wife, the singer Sylvie Vartan. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Film, France, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan Continue


Microsoft's robot editor confuses mixed-race Little Mix singers

Firm’s plan to replace editors with AI backfires after wrong image of musician is publishedMicrosoft’s decision to replace human journalists with robots has backfired, after the tech company’s artificial intelligence software illustrated a news story about racism with a photo of the wrong mixed-race member of the band Little Mix.A week after the Guardian revealed plans to fire the human editors who run MSN.com and replace them with Microsoft’s artificial intelligence code, an early rollout of th...
Tags: Business, Music, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Race, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Digital Media, Computing, Msn, Little Mix


K-pop fans join forces to drown out opposition to #BlackLivesMatter

Social media bombardment saw K-pop fans commandeer rightwing and pro-Donald Trump hashtags including #WhiteLivesMatterLive coverage of the US protestsK-pop fans around the world have joined forces to drown out online opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, flooding social media with videos and images of their favourite artists alongside the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag and other racist content.While their collective action meant the hashtag, as well as #WhiteOutWednesday and #BlueLivesMatter...
Tags: South Korea, Music, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, K-pop


K-pop fans join forces to drown out racist online content

Social media bombardment saw K-pop fans commandeer rightwing and pro-Donald Trump hashtags including #WhiteLivesMatterLive coverage of the US protestsK-pop fans around the world have joined forces to drown out online opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, flooding social media with videos and images of their favourite artists alongside the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag and other racist content.While their collective action meant the hashtag, as well as #WhiteOutWednesday and #BlueLivesMatter...
Tags: South Korea, Music, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, K-pop


Sing a song of subversion: US funded Venezuela rock bands to dent Chávez

Partially redacted grant application shows scheme involved paying 10 groups to write songs promoting ‘freedom of expression’The United States funded rock groups in Venezuela to record songs promoting democracy – and undermine the rule of Hugo Chávez – according to documents released after a Freedom of Information Act request.More than 10 bands were contracted in 2011 to produce new songs promoting freedom of expression in the oil-rich nation. The $22,970 scheme, which was to culminate in a battl...
Tags: Music, Americas, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, United States, Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, Chavez, National Endowment for Democracy NED


Bobby Digital: Jamaican reggae producer dies aged 59

Producer who worked with artists such as Shabba Ranks, Garnett Silk and Morgan Heritage was a maverick of the dancehall eraRenowned Jamaican record producer Robert “Bobby Digital” Dixon died in a Kingston hospital on 21 May, aged 59. The cause of death was kidney disease.One of the most respected producers of the dancehall era, Dixon transformed contemporary reggae several times over, enjoying tremendous international success with Shabba Ranks, Garnett Silk, Sizzla Kalonji and Morgan Heritage. H...
Tags: Music, Americas, World news, Culture, Jamaica, Reggae, Kingston, Latin America, Robert, Dixon, Morgan Heritage, Shabba, Bobby Digital, Shabba Ranks Garnett Silk Sizzla Kalonji


Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields: 'I used to live in a commune where music was forbidden'

As he releases Quickies, an LP of minature gems, the master songwriter contemplates a pop song’s perfect length – and whether Covd-19 has ended his career Stephin Merritt has just spent six weeks confined to his Manhattan apartment after contracting coronavirus. He was ill for 10 days, then recovered. He’s usually a crazily prolific songwriter – two of his band’s most celebrated albums, 50 Song Memoir and 69 Love Songs, obviously contain 119 songs between them – but he hasn’t come up with any ne...
Tags: Music, World news, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Manhattan, Merritt, Stephin Merritt, Coronavirus outbreak


Mory Kanté: Guinean musician dies aged 70 from chronic health problems

The Yé Ké Yé Ké singer’s son said he was unable to travel to France for his usual treatment owing to coronavirus-related restrictionsThe Guinean musician Mory Kanté has died aged 70. His son Balla Kanté told the AFP news agency that his death was the result of untreated chronic health problems.“He suffered from chronic illnesses and often traveled to France for treatment, but that was no longer possible with the coronavirus,” said Balla. “We saw his condition deteriorate rapidly, but I was still...
Tags: Music, France, Africa, World news, Culture, Guinea, Afp, Kante, Balla, Mory Kante, Yé Ké Yé Ké, Balla Kanté, Conakry Continue


Spandau Ballet star comes to Singapore man's rescue in radio row

Tony Hadley answers plea for help from quiz player accused of mispronouncing singer’s nameA quiz contestant in Singapore has prevailed in a battle with a radio station that denied him a cash prize over his pronunciation of the Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley’s name – after winning support from the celebrity himself.Muhammad Shalehan emailed Hadley after being refused the S$10,000 (£5,750) prize on the grounds that he had mispronounced Hadley’s name in a competition in which callers must identi...
Tags: Music, Singapore, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Hadley, Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, Muhammad Shalehan


‘I hope we all now realise how special live music is’: stars on pop’s future after coronavirus

Festivals are cancelled, livestreams thriving – so how can music recover? Jack Garratt, Ella Eyre, Sara Quin and more talk gigs, hits and togethernessLike many other aspects of life, the music industry has been changed, possibly permanently, by the coronavirus pandemic. There have been predictions of financial meltdown and of venue closures on a vast scale; suggestions that now is the moment for streaming services to change the way they pay musicians; even arguments that pop music in lockdown pr...
Tags: Business, Music, World news, Music Industry, Culture, Manchester, Dublin, Sara, Jack Garratt, Sara Quin, Ella Eyre, Tegan, James McGovern, Coronavirus outbreak, Jack Garratt Ella Eyre Sara Quin, Jeremy Pritchard


African Pastor Who Claimed He Cured COVID-19 Patients by Laying Hands & Praying for Them Dies of the Virus at 39, Followers Awaiting His Resurrection

A pastor in Africa who claimed he cured hundreds of people suffering from COVID-19 by laying hands and through prayer has died from the virus. He was 39 years old. Religious leader Frankline Ndifor of Cameroon died Saturday morning (May 16) from coronavirus complications, less than a week after he was diagnosed with the virus. Before his passing, doctor Gaelle Nnanga was called to Ndifor’s home by a few of his followers and the pastor was in severe agony. The doctor’s medical team treated him an...
Tags: News, Africa, World news, Cameroon, Jazz, Human Interest, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Frankline Ndifor, Gaelle Nnanga, Ndifor, Franklin Ndifor, KtcNp4U49N Africa, Rigobert Che


Could a 12-year-old Australian-Chinese violinist be the next child prodigy?

Decca Classics’ youngest-ever signing, Christian Li, has been hailed a ‘superstar’ who is already up there with the greatsThe classical music world is no stranger to young talent. The 19th century virtuoso Niccolò Paganini started playing aged seven, while Yehudi Menuhin caused a sensation with his performance, at the same age, of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.Now, however, there’s a new kid on the block, whose backers say transforms from “normal child” to “absolute superstar” the moment the lig...
Tags: Music, China, World news, Australia news, Culture, Classical Music, Melbourne, Mendelssohn, Yehudi Menuhin, Niccolò Paganini, Christian Li


Brian May hospitalised after tearing buttock muscles while gardening

Queen guitarist says ‘I won’t be able to walk for a while’ after injury during lockdown and lambasts Boris Johnson over coronavirusBrian May has complained of “relentless pain” after he was hospitalised following a gardening injury that tore muscles in his buttocks – and, while in recovery, made a sustained attack on Boris Johnson’s preparedness for coronavirus.Writing on Instagram, the Queen guitarist said: “I managed to rip my gluteus maximus to shreds in a moment of overenthusiastic gardening...
Tags: Music, Activism, Protest, Celebrity, Animals, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Queen, Boris Johnson, Gardens, Brian May, Coronavirus outbreak


Brian May taken to hospital after tearing buttock muscles while gardening

Queen guitarist says ‘I won’t be able to walk for a while’ after injury during lockdown and lambasts Boris Johnson over coronavirusBrian May has complained of “relentless pain” after he was taken to hospital following a gardening injury that tore muscles in his buttocks – and, while in recovery, made a sustained attack on Boris Johnson’s preparedness for coronavirus.Writing on Instagram, the Queen guitarist said: “I managed to rip my gluteus maximus to shreds in a moment of overenthusiastic gard...
Tags: Music, Activism, Protest, Celebrity, Animals, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Pop and rock, Queen, Boris Johnson, Gardens, Brian May, Coronavirus outbreak


'We do what we want, for ourselves': why it's a golden age for women in rap

Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Doja Cat and tens of other female rappers are breaking through by embracing sisterhood and shaking off the prejudices of the past‘When a woman raps, she spitting!’ Megan Thee Stallion, the hot girl taking over hip-hopMuch like the rest of the music industry, hip-hop, rap and grime have traditionally been male-dominated spaces. Finally, though, things are changing. Megan Thee Stallion’s rise – alongside US contemporaries such as City Girls and Doja Cat as well as UK ...
Tags: Gender, Music, UK, Nicki Minaj, Women, US, Life and style, World news, Rap, Culture, Hip-hop, Queens, Cardi B, Cardi, Stefflon Don, Megan Thee Stallion



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