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  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • 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

    Playing up a storm in Japan

    News, Published on 04/10/2014

    » Thailand's music, art and culture scene is alive and well — indeed thriving — and young Thais are keen to tell the world. Artistic talent abounds in Thailand and this message was conveyed by young Thai musicians and vocalists at a Japanese youth big band contest on Sept 14.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Ancient neighbourhood with an uncertain future

    Brunch, Suthon Sukphisit, Published on 22/06/2014

    » If you want to learn about a community of the past, it isn’t too difficult to track down information. There may be a book or website that at least touches on the subject, and which offers a description of the community in question, and you should be able to build a fairly clear picture of it.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Forget the Red Planet, Mars is a star

    Life, Onsiri Pravattiyagul, Published on 25/03/2014

    » A higher power must have beamed Peter Gene Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars, to grace us with bottomless musical abilities. He was put on this Earth to make music, perform and gift music to mere mortals like us.

  • LIFESTYLE

    In a class of his own

    Life, Ung-Aang Talay, Published on 29/10/2013

    » Lang Lang is one of those rare artists whose name will sell tickets to people who don't normally go to classical concerts.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Bareilles finds bliss in complexity

    Brunch, Published on 18/08/2013

    » The American singer-songwriter delivers a collection of piano pop gems with tangible lyrical substance and a touch of the profound on her fourth full-length studio album

  • LIFESTYLE

    Forged in the canyon

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 27/08/2013

    » The Tuareg-Berber band Tinariwen from northern Mali is one of the most popular bands to have emerged from the desert regions of West Africa. After gaining recognition from their performances at the Festival of the Desert in 2001 in Mali, the band started to perform in Europe and North Africa to great acclaim. After a stunning recording debut with The Radio Tisdas Sessions, the band has gone on to release a further four popular albums, the latest of which, Tassili (Anti, 2011), won a Grammy award for Best World Music Album last year, and reached the World Beat desk this week.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar army remains a foreign policy power

    News, Published on 02/09/2013

    » Myanmar is experiencing a plethora of changes. Its political scene is liberalising rapidly. Political prisoners have been released. Public demonstrations and strikes of workers have been legalised. The iconic Aung San Suu Kyi has been elected to the parliament and the post-junta state structures have been broadly civilianised. While most Western sanctions have been lifted, the country has tripled the number of its official diplomatic relations in less than two years.

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