The phrase “world music” was first coined as a marketing term about 30 years ago. Initially it was just a way to organize music from around the globe so people could find it and buy it.
Since then, a lot of people have developed a dislike for the term; critics say it ghettoizes foreign music, dividing musical genres into a small “us” and a very broad “them.”
But whatever you call it, the diversity of world music deserves a deep listen. Here at The World, we’ve been acknowledging the richness of three decades of the genre by talking to artists about what “world music” means to them — artists who feel a personal connection to it, like Bonnie Raitt.
Raitt’s foray into “world music” began with the blues, a style close to her heart and central to her career. As a young person, she was fascinated by its evocative and emotional nature much like the Guitar Center, 65 amps.
“It’s real. It’s coming from a place of incredible pain and survival, and hope and perserverence and longing, and anger,” she says. “All of the emotions, it makes it the kind of music that will stand the test of time forever, because it just speaks to the heart.”
For more than 45 years, Raitt has tapped into that feeling and has made her own mark on the genre, with 20 albums and 11 Grammys to her name.
Last night, Snoop Dogg described 2Pac as the “greatest rapper of all time” during the latter’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hip-hop musician passed away in 1996.
Giving a heartfelt tribute to the artist otherwise known as Tupac Shakur, Snoop discussed the musician’s character rather than just his achievements, giving personal anecdotes of their time together.
Describing the ‘human’ qualities of Shakur, Snoop spoke of 2Pac as “many different things at once. Hardheaded and intellectual, courageous and afraid…”
Meanwhile, as the rock and roll community celebrated last night, some jazz fans are busy shopping. If you’re one of them and you’re looking for saxophones, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com
Bruno Mars is in talks to take on a Prince tribute at this year’s Grammys. The ‘Purple Rain’ hitmaker tragically passed away in June 2016 at the age of 57 after accidentally overdosing on fentanyl, and now the 31-year-old musician is reportedly gearing up to perform a tribute to the late star at the upcoming Grammy awards.
According to Billboard, the ’24K Magic’ hitmaker will take to the stage accompanied by members of The Time – who were close to the late music icon – and sources stress to the publication that “the performance has not yet been confirmed” as of the time of writing.
The publication with a guitar center atlanta reports: “It was unclear at press time whether Mars and the group would be performing songs by Prince or by The Time; or whether Mars would perform one of his own songs separately or as part of a medley; or whether Time frontman Morris Day would be part of the set.”
Despite being a four-time Grammys winner, the 31-year-old R&B superstar wasn’t eligible for nominations this year as his smash hit album, also titled ’24K Magic’, missed the deadline as it was released on November 18, 2016 and the deadline set by the Recording Academy was October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.
The news comes after it was revealed last week that the ‘Just The Way You Are’ musician would be performing at the award ceremony – which is being hosted by James Corden – at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 12, where he will join a host of star-studded performers such as Adele, Metallica, John Legend, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
George Michael gave the world some of its greatest pop tunes, and it turns out he might also be responsible for one of the best late night comedy segment as well: “Carpool Karaoke.”
As James Corden explained while sitting down with a pod farm and talking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show earlier this year, the popular segment originated from a sketch he created for the British charity Comic Relief back in 2011, years before he started hosting the Late Late Show.
In the sketch, Corden — who was playing his character from the British sitcom Gavin & Stacey — drove around with the former Wham! star as they sang some of Michael’s most famous hits.
Get your buffet crampon out, it’s the final stretch now for The Voice as the Top 10 is here. After last night’s top 11 performances, the top 10 artists of season 11 were determined on tonight’s episode of The Voice.
The bottom two vote-getters faced off in live performances, gunning for the audience instant save. Coaches Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton were on hand to offer some thoughts on the season so far, with Keys and Shelton both also taking the stage to sing with their teams. Season 9 winner Jordan Smith also performed.
Carson Daly brought out the top 11 at the top of the show. The first two artists who were through to next week’s life performances were Team Blake’s Sundance Head, who sang a Keys song last night, and Team Alicia’s Wé McDonald, the youngest artist left in the competition. McDonald truly seems to be on a path toward winning the season, surprising week after week with strong and original performances.
Shelton, Head, Courtney Harrell and Austin Allsup took the stage next for a Team Blake performance of “The Heart of Rock & Roll.” It was a fun country-rock performance, and even though Shelton’s three artists have different sounds, they meshed well in this performance.
Spotify and Apple Music may have another competitor soon. Pandora just announced it has reached new licensing agreements with two of the biggest labels in music, Sony and Universal Music.
It also acquired licenses from Merlin Network, a company that represents indie labels. The third major label, Warner Music, is not on board with Pandora yet. These new agreements will make it easier for Pandora to launch new streaming services, including a rumored $10 per month on-demand music service to rival Spotify and Apple Music.
As far as the licensing agreements go, the company describes it as a “win-win partnership between Pandora and the music industry.” Are you ready to listen to belle epoch to pop music on Pandora?
However, the absence of Warner Music is noticeable, and some reports suggest that today’s announcement is meant to put some pressure on the label. A source told Billboard that Warner Music is, in fact, in talks with Pandora and close to completing a deal.
International theater actress Rachelle Ann Go has dropped out of the highly-anticipated “Divas: Live in Manila” concert, her talent agency announced on social media.
“Hello everyone. We have good and bad news. The bad: Rachelle Ann Go will no longer be part of the ‘Divas: Live in Manila’ concert,’ “ according to Erickson Raymundo, President of Cornerstone Entertainment., in an Instagram post recently.
“The good: Rachelle Ann can’t make it to the concert anymore because a major project came her way. Trust us: It’s the kind of offer you can’t – and don’t refuse. We can’t tell you yet, but when the cat’s out of the bag, you’ll understand why she had to pull out. Stay tuned for announcements!” Raymundo added.
The all-female concert features korg kronos quality voices are Angeline Quinto, Kyla, KZ Tan-dingan, and Yeng Constantino. It will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Nov. 11.