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2018 HIFA kicks off in Zimbabwe

Artists perform Jazz during the 2018 Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, on May 1, 2018. The much-awaited 2018 HIFA kicked off Tuesday with various shows being staged.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/5/3 9:42:19

Kanye West sparks new outrage in calling slavery 'choice'

Rapper Kanye West, on the receiving end of criticism in the music world after backing US President Donald Trump, sparked fresh outrage on Tuesday when he called slavery "a choice."
Source: AFP | 2018/5/2 16:38:39

China Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble begin month-long Spring Performance season

The China Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble kicked off its Spring Performance Season with a concert on Wednesday in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2018/4/26 16:38:40

For the 'love' of Trump

Rap superstar Kanye West doubled down on Wednesday on his support for Donald Trump, tweeting his "love" for the president and flirting with his own political ambitions after his newfound conservatism raised eyebrows.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/26 16:33:40

'A total win'

Madonna lost on Monday a nearly year-long bid to stop an auction of intimate items, including a breakup letter from rap legend Tupac Shakur.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/24 16:58:40

At Coachella, duo makes Puerto Rican music 'slightly weirder'

The Puerto Rican husband-and-wife duo of Buscabulla is taking the music of the Caribbean to audiences far beyond. But that's where parallels to the mega-hit "Despacito" end.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/24 16:58:39

Echo prize win for duo with anti-Semitic message sparks outrage

The awarding of an Echo music prize to hip-hop duo Kollegah & Farid Bang has ignited outrage in Germany.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/4/18 17:18:39

Cave, Depp join Jazz Festival

Australian alternative rocker Nick Cave, Hollywood star Johnny Depp and punk legend Iggy Pop will be among the headliners at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival, organizers announced on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/18 17:13:40

Eminem, Cardi B tap star power at Coachella

Eminem and Cardi B may be at different stages of their careers, but the two rappers have one strategy in common - when playing Coachella, go big.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/17 18:03:39

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe joined music royalty on Saturday as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/16 18:48:40

Beyonce delights Coachella with Destiny's Child reunion

Beyonce returned spectacularly to the stage on Saturday with a joyous, homecoming-themed party at the Coachella festival where she delighted fans with a rare reunion of her former trio Destiny's Child.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/16 16:33:39

As festivals boom, a push to include women

When Beyonce headlines Coachella, she will stand out not only for her eagerly awaited return to the stage - she will be one of the few women to headline a major music festival this year.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/12 18:03:39

Top music videos on YouTube including global hit 'Despacito' defaced by hackers

Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit "Despacito" momentarily disappeared on Tuesday in an apparent hacking.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/11 16:28:40

Cardi B, fast-rising woman of rap, reveals pregnancy on 'Saturday Night Live'

A day after releasing one of the most eagerly awaited rap debut albums in recent years, rapper Cardi B made another splash - revealing she is pregnant.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/9 16:53:40

Popularizing the ukulele, with mischievous punk spirit

The ukulele has two obvious selling points: It is affordable and easy to carry. But could the unassuming four-string instrument also incarnate the spirit of punk rock?
Source: AFP | 2018/4/8 16:48:39

Cecil Taylor, rebellious US jazz pianist, passes away at age 89

Cecil Taylor, the rebellious pianist whose dissonant, nearly percussion-like approach to the keys helped set the stage for the free jazz movement, has died, his representative said Friday. He was 89.
Source: AFP | 2018/4/8 15:48:39

Hit girl group Fifth Harmony calls time as members look to further solo careers

Fifth Harmony, the all-female pop group born on a TV singing contest, on Monday announced an indefinite hiatus as its members pursue solo careers.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 16:03:39

Half-century and counting, Kool and the Gang makes world dance

The funk classics of Kool and the Gang have found eternal life in everything from stadium pump-up songs to hip-hop samples to wedding parties. Yet more than 50 years after forming, the group itself has hardly slowed down.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/20 15:28:39