Arts & Culture

UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list

The world body's cultural and scientific agency added the genre to its collection of 'intangible cultural heritage'.

UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list

Vietnam

Vietnam's rap queen and traditional society's changing voice

Emerging star Suboi 'pushing the limits' as one of the few female rappers in socially conservative Vietnam.

Vietnam's rap queen and traditional society's changing voice

Opinion

Charles Aznavour to the East of his Eden

Charles Aznavour, the French Viguen Derderian or the Armenian Abdel Halim Hafez, died at age 94.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Sudan

A journey through Sudan's golden era of music

The 1970s and 1980s were thrumming as President Nimeiry coddled artists but times changed when his power was threatened.

'There was music on every corner of every street in Khartoum'

Environment

An unprecedented Uzbek techno festival on the Aral Sea

A Soviet-era story explains how the Aral Sea became a ship graveyard. Young Uzbeks are now trying to revive the water.

Deserted Aral Sea hosts electro gig with environmental twist

Middle East

Lana Del Rey postpones Israel concert following backlash

Singer was due to appear at a festival in northern Israel but pulled out of the show following pressure from activists.

Lana Del Rey postpones Israel concert following backlash

Israel

Lana Del Rey ignores BDS call with 'loving energy'

In tweet responding to fan, singer said she wanted to 'shift the energetic vibration of a location for the higher good'.

Lana Del Rey slammed for ignoring BDS calls to not play in Israel

Senegal

Africa artists make music 'against all odds' in Senegal

As some look West, others choose to remain on the continent despite financial uncertainty to create music with meaning.

A new generation of African artists making music in Senegal

Shorts

'Cuba is its music - and music is Cuba'

'Cuba is its music and music is Cuba.'

Cuba's reggaeton craze

Opinion

How Fela Kuti came to be celebrated by those he sang against

The Nigerian icon was harassed, censored and imprisoned for singing truth to power. Today power celebrates him.

Demola Olarewaju

by Demola Olarewaju

Demola Olarewaju

REWIND

Silver Fez: Singing the Cape Malay Way

Cape Town's urban outsiders put on sharp suits and melodic voices to battle it out for the Silver Fez choir trophy.

Voices

The Azeri master of Mugham: From war to the Royal Albert Hall

After being spotted while working as a porter having been shot in war, Gochag Askarov became a celebrated folk singer.

The Azeri master of Mugham: From war to the Royal Albert Hall

Witness

A Tale of Singers and Murderers

Meet the prisoners competing to participate in Russia's prison song contest and the woman inspiring them to sing.

Music

ABBA reunite to record new music for the first time since 1982

ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, broke up in 1982 and have reunited to release two new songs this year.

Music

Swedish superstar DJ Avicii dies in Oman aged 28

Tributes pour in as award-winning artist and producer is found dead in Muscat, Oman.

Swedish star DJ Avicii dead at 28