Why some artists no longer want to be famous

Jan 5, 2017

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

“I love being famous,” the black U.S. comedian Chris Rock once quipped. “It’s almost like being white.” But a growing number of artists would rather have success without the encumbrance of fame. From the street artist Banksy to the Italian literary phenomenon Elena Ferrante, ...

Syrian band brings music of Aleppo to Berlin

Jan 3, 2017

Syrian band brings music of Aleppo to Berlin

Instead of bombs there were beats. Guitars took over for guns. And there were cheers, not screams. But Aleppo was never far from the minds of the band Musiqana and the crowd at its record release concert in Berlin. “I didn’t know if I ...

First Beatles manager Allan Williams dies

Dec 31, 2016

First Beatles manager Allan Williams dies

Allan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles who drove the band on their formative trip to Hamburg in 1960, has died at the age of 86, his old club announced. The Jacaranda Club in Liverpool, northwest England, posted the news late Friday on ...

James Taylor cancels Manila show over drug war killings

Dec 21, 2016

James Taylor cancels Manila show over drug war killings

Grammy award-winning singer James Taylor said Wednesday he has canceled a February 2017 concert in the Philippines in protest of the alleged extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war. “I don’t think of my music as being particularly political but sometimes one ...

Nov 30, 2016

Cossack songs and Ugandan dance on UNESCO's heritage list

Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, has been placed on UNESCO’s protected “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list, along with Portuguese pottery and Ukrainian Cossack songs. A UNESCO world heritage committee, meeting in Addis Ababa Tuesday, decided ...