Why should African graduates be honoured with a Latin song when the continent has plenty of its own music and ways of celebrating?
A Latin song takes centre stage at graduation ceremonies around the world, including in South Africa. Isn't it time the continent used its own methods to celebrate major events?
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Ice-T performing at a music festival.
Californian rap and jazz poetry may sound like an odd mix – but both are rooted in historic inequalities
Adele has joined Taylor Swift’s ranks in the war against the streaming culture of Spotify and Apple Music.
Anita Hustas performing in Melbourne.
Music is ubiquitous in our lives, but where are the spaces for boundary-pushing experimentation?
Does listening to certain songs help us slip into the ether?
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Composer Max Richter – with his epic, eight-hour-long piece Sleep – aims to be an auditory sandman.
British singer Sam Smith is known for his soaring falsetto.
Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall confronts the last taboo of the canon: Bond's hypermasculinity.
Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s last collaboration The Seven Deadly Sins, first performed in 1933, in circumstances not dissimilar than those we face today. Pictured: Meow Meow.
Victorian Opera this week stages The Seven Deadly Sins, the final collaboration between Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. First staged in 1933, it is a masterpiece by two of the most revolutionary artists of Weimar Germany.
Music notation itself has changed from the early modern period to the present day.
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Technological advances in music production have all but obliterated the need for popular music to be transcribed into musical notation. So why is musical literacy still important?
On the Banks of the Tigris is a story of culture triumphing over an oppressive regime.
Award-winning documentary film On the Banks of the Tigris explores the influence of Iraqi Jewish musicians in the cultural life of Iraq and paints a portrait of a country that was once a thriving multicultural centre.
Singing in a choir really can change your life for the better. And yes, anyone can do it
If you want to fast-track your child’s development, forget CDs, books that beep, and toys that whirr. Play music with them, with the emphasis being on “play”.
New research shows shared music-making with toddlers may have benefits above and beyond those of reading.
The real force of Star Wars is to be found in its music, an aural cocktail of orchestral pieces punctuated with lightsabers, hyperspace leaps, and a hint of droid.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
For all the speculative commentary as to what the new Star Wars trailer reveals plot-wise, its true “force” is surely located in the various sounds that infuse this perfectly constructed teaser.
French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand presents Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (centre) with the highest decoration in France, Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, in 2011.
Arvo Pärt created contemplative and innovative music during the most oppressive years of the Soviet Union.
Bob Marley in 1981.
Marlon James’s book is a whirlwind of different voices ostensibly about the infamous failed assassination of Bob Marley in 1976.
A number of IS videos feature the songs of Maher Mesh'al, who was killed over the summer in Syria.
Whether it's the Islamic State, the Ku Klux Klan – or, yes, even American political parties – groups use music in many of the same ways, for many of the same reasons.
Has Chris Brown been made a scapegoat for domestic violence?
Chris Brown may be denied entry into Australia due to his violent past. Is this political posturing, or genuine support for survivors of domestic abuse?
Jockeying for power in the rap world: earlier this summer Drake and Meek Mill traded barbs.
Drake (on left): Steve Marcus/Reuters; Meek Mill: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters
Taking a lyrical swing at another rapper is part and parcel of the genre. So why the profound backlash when Meek Mill accused Drake of not writing his own lyrics?
This year's Ibiza Prom was a convenient target for those unhappy with the expanded remit of the Proms – but an unfounded one.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on the campaign trail.
Donald Trump provoked the ire of REM frontman Michael Stipe this week after he played an REM hit on the campaign trail. In this push-pull between politicians and musicians, let's revisit the music.