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    Gone but not forgotten

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 10/05/2016

    » This week World Beat pays tribute to two giants of popular music who passed away recently: Congolese music icon and singer Papa and Prince, the tiny guitar wizard and musical genius from Minneapolis in the USA.

  • NEWS

    Waiting for the day the music dies

    Spectrum, Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai, Published on 21/02/2016

    » When Thira Techayuenyong’s father sent for him more than 70 years ago, the eight year old had no doubts about taking the one-way ticket out of his home town of Shantou in China. He packed his bags, took a good look around for the last time and said goodbye to his birthplace before heading out the door.

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    Making a world all of their own

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 17/01/2016

    » 'Junun' is a sonically impressive collaborative that injects much-need rambunctiousness into the often earnest world music genre.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Korean virtuoso shines

    Life, Published on 15/12/2015

    » An enthusiastic and appreciative audience was privileged to witness musicianship of the very highest order last Thursday when 27-year-old South Korean violin virtuoso Ye-Eun Choi took to the stage at the Thailand Cultural Centre for the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation's annual "Royal Celebration Concert" in honour of His Majesty the King's 88th birthday.

  • NEWS

    At America's Oktoberfest, German heritage looms large

    AFP, Published on 21/09/2015

    » CINCINNATI - Oompah bands push their brass instruments to the limit as a group of locals sporting lederhosen and dirndl dresses raise their beer steins to loud cheers.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Triumphant performance of Stravinsky's Le Sacre Du Printemps

    Life, Published on 01/09/2015

    » Igor Stravinsky was a young, virtually unknown composer when he was recruited by Sergei Diaghliev to create works for Diaghliev's Ballets Russe. Firebird and Petrushka were composed first and then the seminal Le Sacre Du Printemps. Subtitled "Pictures Of Pagan Russia", Le Sacre Du Printemps -- or The Rite Of Spring -- caused a scandal and a near-riot at the premiere on May 29, 1913. Almost as soon as the curtain rose, the audience began to react strongly to the performance, starting with whistles and proceeding to hisses and howls as the dancers appeared.

  • LIFESTYLE

    March of the brass bands

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 25/08/2015

    » Military marching bands brought Western music to Asia, beginning a process of cultural fusion and interaction that continues to this day. Christian religious music came along at the same time, often in the form of hymns, but I'm not sure that hymns had the same impact as the dramatic, crashing sound of brass instruments played by marching musicians.

  • LIFESTYLE

    All eyes on the 'highlife'

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 04/08/2015

    » The great Ghanaian bandleader ET Mensah and his band The Tempos Band visited the Guinean capital Conakry in 1958. At that time, Mensah was probably the most famous bandleader in Africa, an icon of the "highlife" music he helped create and popularise. His arrival in Conakry created an impression on local musicians, particularly on the new African bands that were emerging in Guinea — from that time onward they added highlife to their music.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The man who put the funk into Congolese music

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 07/07/2015

    » Congolese music is one of the cornerstones of African popular music. This irresistible dance music is loved across the African continent, and its biggest stars, like the late great icons Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, were mobbed wherever they played. Musically, the genres that have emerged from the Congo region, including Congolese rumba and all the various dance style from soukous to ndambolo, have been hugely influential on the popular styles in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and many other African countries.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Triumphant resurrection of Mahler's masterpiece

    Life, Published on 03/03/2015

    » With the crash of the opening notes from the first movement of the Siam Philharmonic's performance of Mahler's Symphony No.2, it was evident we were in for a gigantic 85-minute ride.

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