From spirituals about the trials of slavery to the fight for civil rights and the modern rhythms of swing music, Duke Ellington told a story about black life that was both beautiful and complex.
Muslims are not new to America. The first Muslims came as slaves and left a deep influence on a host of music genres, such as the blues and jazz.
Jazz used to be experienced on a dance floor. But over time, it became something to dissect and analyze.
Behind the wordless language of the jazz greats.
For a musician anywhere, surviving and prospering within the genre called jazz has never been easy, and it still isn't.
Philip Tabane was unlike any other musician. His music was intimately woven into his cosmology and spirituality.
A greater synergy between academics and practitioners is needed to progress hip hop for it to be taken seriously as a core area for study.
Explorations of form and sound in jazz are essentially political. They challenge the status quo in society by interrogating categories and barriers.
South African jazz veteran Jonas Gwangwa has been getting recognition for the pivotal role he played in 'singing down apartheid.'
Veteran Ethiopian jazz musician Mulatu Astatke continues to have an extraordinary mobility and exposure to a wide range of musical sounds.
Hugh Masekela's itinerary-in-exile was loud and clear in his songs.
Scientists are beginning to understand why certain drugs and musical genres are natural partners.
Female jazz musicians are taking a stand against entrenched sexism within the genre.
Keorapetse Kgositsile was made South Africa’s national poet laureate in 2006, the only person to have been given the honour.
The story of jazz in the ANC army-in-exile, Umkhonto we Sizwe culture is far more nuanced – and positive – than depicted in a new film.
The protest song "Malcolm's gone" not only pays tribute to one of the most influential black leaders, but provocatively likens him, as a Muslim and so-called enemy of the state, to Jesus Christ.
Miles Davis's 1971 album A Tribute to Jack Johnson sits uneasily within both jazz and rock genres, but its indefinable nature should be celebrated.
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela made an impact across the world during his decades-long musical career.
When they arrived in Europe in the early 1960s, South African jazz outfit the Blue Notes revolutionised the London scene. Half a century later, their music is coming home in several new projects.
Other than church, the pipe organ is often perceived as belonging in horror movies. But there's more to the instrument that spans most musical genres.