The Pulitzer Prize winning emcee Kendrick Lamar recently asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video recording of the incident has reignited a controversy that gained wide attention last year. In this 2016 file photo, Kendrick Lamar performs in New York.
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At one of his shows, rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a white fan to refrain from rapping the n-word. A video of the incident has reignited a controversy: can white people ever rap the n-word?
Stormzy performing at Glastonbury Festival, 2017.
Grime could provoke the most disruptive cultural transformation of the British music industry in decades.
Being a member of a community choir has similar health and social benefits as being part of a football team.
Taylor Mac performs in The Inauguration at the Melbourne Festival.
Taylor Mac's 90-minute version of a 24-hour history of pop music is a hit, determined to forge a renewed sense community with the audience.
Heidi Mellington, performing here with Anthony Smith in Dizzygothica in 2007, has spoken about the importance of a supportive local music scene for emerging artists.
Depite new technologies for music dissimination, EDM artists located in cities have access to resources not available in non-metropolitan areas.
Paddy McAlloon, in his more recent guise as a pop eccentric in dress as well as attitude.
The great eccentric characters of the past have given us great art, literature and music – and they should be welcomed today.
There is a gender gap in the music and sound industry. Inspiring young girls about careers in these fields has never been more important.
Duo Movaizhaleine and artist Wonda Wendy take a minute’s silence to honor the dead during a concert in Paris, February 2017.
Rap has become instrumental in constructing identity and radically reshaping relations to politics in Gabon and other African states.
Whose turn it it?
But how does it stay relevant in the world of Spotify and iTunes?
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The singer had Romantic notions in common with the poet – as well as with William Blake, Mary Shelley, and John Keats.
David Bowie performs on his 1974 Diamond Dogs world tour.
David Bowie was the tasteful thief and practised faker, and his 1974 album Diamond Dogs borrowed from everything to create a sublime post-apocalyptic soundscape.
Women in colourful traditional dress in Nosy Be, Madagascar.
Island philosophies can be used to decolonise university courses and teaching. They can also advance sustainable development models and, ultimately, achieve responsible tourism.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote Give Peace a Chance in a ‘bed-in’ in Montreal.
Ahead of International Peace Day celebrity musicians like Yoko Ono have released music for peace. But the same qualities that bring us together around music can also inflame conflict, from the Yugoslav civil wars to Northern Ireland.
If Swift's new single is anything to go by, the poet and the former 'pop princess' have an awful lot in common.
Ok, which one of you is trying to get attention? I can hear it in your voice.
Did we evolve the capacity to produce sublime music simply to get more sex? Or are we driven by higher ideals related to living together in harmony? Maybe it's a bit of both.
Shirley from Skyhooks in Countdown.
Audiences of a certain age still gush about Countdown, the ABC’s music show that ran between 1974 and 1987. The ritual of sitting down to watch the ABC at 6pm on a Sunday (and maybe again for the Saturday…
Music fans gather for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ concert at California’s Altamont Speedway in 1969.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
Swedish organist Anna von Hausswolff.
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.
Spotify, Apple Music and the like aren't working for indy artists.
Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.
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Good songs are like good poetry. Literature professor Robert Morrison reflects on The Tragically Hip's best song, "Ahead by a Century," and explains the politics of hope within the tune.