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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Unraveling the meaning of Aserejé
The art of Caribbean rhythms by the Garifuna Collective
Garifuna music is closely related to the culture of the Garifuna people living primarily on the Caribbean coast of...
Surrealistic Pillow as the ultimate psychedelic experience pioneered by Jefferson Airplane
Released in 1967, Surrealistic Pillow was Jefferson Airplane's second album which not only set a departure point for the...
Traditions of Malian music spread worldwide through Afel Bocoum and Damon Albarn collaboration
The famous Malian songwriter Afel Bocoum began his musical career in the 1960s at the age of thirteen when he joined the...
The best Qawwali lyrics performed by prominent singers of the century
Phool Khil Jaaye by Abida Parveen and Asrar Shah Mere dil ki banjar zameen pe Oh maula Mere dil ki banjar zameen pe Mere...
Yemeni folk melodies interpolated into psychedelic dance rhythms by El Khat
The musical traditions of Yemen can be traced back to the 14th century in the form of homayni which meaning can be...
Bird In The Belly: the dark side of old British ballads re-imagined in polyphonic folk songs
Bird in the Belly is an English folk band that draws their inspiration through collecting little known or forgotten...
Swordfishtrombones: groundbreaking instrumentation catches Tom Waits' signature sound
Released in 1983, Swordfishtrombones became the first self-produced album by Tom Waits that not only established the...
Zefiro Torna: famous madrigal by Monteverdi lauds the west wind that brings spring
Originating in the 14th century as a poetic form, the madrigal is a short poem of lyrical content. During the...
Gershwin's Summertime: the most recorded song draws inspiration from Ukrainian lullaby and African American spiritual
Written by the American composer George Gershwin in 1934, Summertime aria is now the most recorded song in the history...
Tinariwen: 40 years of nomadic desert music driven by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib's guitar
Formed by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib in the late 1970s, the African band Tinariwen always had a clear mission to preserve the...
Charley Patton's guitar tricks bridged the genre gap between Delta blues and rock'n'roll
Charley Patton played a crucial role in developing the early blues movement in the Delta region of northwestern...
The bottleneck guitar blues by Blind Willie Johnson is sliding through space on the Voyager Golden Records
Among the musical works sent by NASA into space to represent the cultural values of mankind, sharing its rightfully...
Hermann of Reichenau: disabled monk who boosted art and science 1000 years ago
A remarkable figure of the 11th century, Hermann of Reichenau was a chronicler, composer, poet, and scientist who...
The necessity of undramatic humanity in Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch
A set of 11 short stories collected in the film Coffee and Cigarettes depicts the nostalgic era every older smoker might...
Great Depression cut short the extraordinary dance life of McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Since the very start of the prohibition during the Roaring Twenties, many Americans sought refuge in entertainment clubs...
The native heart of Peruvian folk as explored by ethnomusicologist Alomía Robles
It has been a little more over a century since the Peruvian composer Alomía Robles crossed the Andes in search of...
Big Bill Broonzy's guitar made ripples on both sides of the Atlantic
Big Bill Broonzy was one of the most important Chicago blues singers whose songs would inspire, among many others, Muddy...
Sūrsāgar: ocean of poetry that expanded for five centuries
Sūrdās was a North Indian devotional poet, musician, and saint who lived in the 16th century. His lyrics, addressed...
The three acts of Lonnie Johnson' blues
Lonnie Johnson (1889—1970) was a prolific American musician, singer, and songwriter, and one of the first major blues...
Gondolier songs as the inspiration behind the romantic genre of Barcarolle
Originally a Venetian gondolier’s song, Barcarolle is characterized by gently rocking rhythms reminiscent of the...
Sufi lyrics expanded all over the world thanks to Qawwali songs
Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia. It is part of a musical tradition that stretches back...
CAN: from the mind of Czukay to the golden age of krautrock
German band Can established themselves as pioneers of experimental avant-garde by seamlessly combining their influences...
La Mer poem became an international hit after years of searching for a melody
Charles Trenet was one of the most influential popular French songwriters in the mid-20th century. A performer of...
Neverending musical whirlpool at the sacred oasis of Pushkar
Bordering with the Thar Desert, Pushkar town is set on Pushkar Holy Lake, a revered site for many Hindu followers. ...
Voice of Wassoulou preserves the ancient roots of West Africa
Oumou Sangaré is a Malian singer regarded as the greatest female voice in modern African music. She began her career as...
The drama of The Chain kept alive on the big screen
The Chain, included on Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 Rumours album, has retained that particular brand of culturally...
Young Adam score captures the desolate landscape of the 50s Scotland
An adaptation of Scottish writer Alexander Trocchi's loosely autobiographical novel, Young Adam is a harsh portrait of a...
Moonlight Serenade got its name to contrast the sun
Glenn Miller, American big band leader, composer, and trombonist, is considered the primary musical symbol of the World...
Cream's biggest hit inspired by Hendrix's debut in England
Sunshine of Your Love by the British rock band Cream is perhaps their best known song that spawned numerous covers...
I Put a Spell on You: the wild roots of the song's blackout drunk recording
I Put a Spell on You is a 1956 song written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins that became an instant classic and remained his...
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