September 22, 2019

Somewhere along the road of our musical acculturation, we were set upon by various forces, both sinister and benign.​ They told us what to like and what to shun, lest we lose standing in whatever playground social circle we occupied.

Various sub-genres of hip-hop, r&b,...

September 22, 2019

Italian pop is huge in Italy, but only occasionally reaches the shores of America, gaining a foothold for a time, only to lose it. Even the country's biggest stars are only slightly more than obscure among the majority of Americans, except for icons like Andrea Bocelli...

September 22, 2019

Blick Bassy's new album, named for the year a key figure in Cameroon's struggle to cast off the colonial yoke was murdered, reminds us that freedom, political stability, and material security remain elusive for many African countries. While many of these countries are...

September 22, 2019


While it isn't the first art form to bind itself to music, cinema has arguably achieved the closest symbiosis therein. Because while musical scores for, say, Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" or Wagner's "Ring Cycle" are routinely listened to independent of dramatization...

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