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Lovers Rock from Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series explored the music and Blues party scene of London in the 1970s. BBC/McQueen Limited/Parisa Taghizadeh

Small Axe: what Steve McQueen got right and wrong about lovers rock

Centred around a Blues Party in London, the second film from the Small Axe anthology captured the excitement of setting up a party but missed things about sound system culture in the UK.
Nigerian pop star D'banj performing on stage in London. Robin Little/Redferns/Getty

The perils of mixing music and politics in Nigeria

When pop star D'banj signed up to help get Goodluck Jonathan elected president, fans turned on him. But a hit song turned things around.
Nigerian rapper Falz sings in his home studio in Lagos. Florian PlauCheur/AFP/Getty Images

Why has protest music dried up in Nigeria?

Young Nigerians are protesting bad governance and police brutality. Where is the music to assist them?
The cast of Fela! performs during the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in 2010 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Getty Images

The daughters and sons of Fela in African Pop

How do elements of Fela Kuti's music get reproduced by today's pop musicians?
The Rev. Philip Dinwiddie sings to a pre-recording of mass at St. James Episcopal Church in Grosse Ile, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

How the sound of religion has changed in the pandemic

A team of scholars have been documenting the sound of worship for six years. Since the lockdown, they have heard a different form of religious expression.

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