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High-profile Cuban musicians show rare public support to protesters

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High-profile Cuban musicians from salsa band Los Van Van and jazz pianist Chucho Valdés to pop star Leoni Torres have offered rare public support to protesters and criticized Communist authorities’ handling of the wor...

‘A summer of love!’ Musicians on the awesome, tearful return of gigs

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There were those few weeks of strange, haunted gigs in autumn 2020, but for most people live music disappeared at the start of March last year and didn’t return until this summer. It was a peculiar enough experience b...

Spain scraps visa requirement for UK touring musicians

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The UK’s music industry has welcomed the decision by the Spanish government to scrap post-Brexit visa requirements for UK artists on short-term tours, but warned significant issues still remain that will make many tou...

‘If not hope, then what?’: the musicians finding optimism in dark times

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I had really given up on music after my mom passed away [in 2014], and then of course the record that I saw as my death rattle [2017’s Soft Sounds from Another Planet] got picked up in a big way. It was a very bitters...

Afghan musicians silently await their fate as Taliban’s ban looms

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The shutters have been down all along Kharabat Street, the storied heart of Afghan musical life, since the Taliban swept into Kabul in mid-August. Musicians have taken their instruments home, or crammed them into stor...

‘Like losing a hand’: musicians on the crisis in hearing loss

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The Bafta-winning film Sound of Metal dramatises every musician’s worst nightmare. Ruben Stone, played by Riz Ahmed – who is up for a best actor Oscar this weekend – is a metal drummer who loses his hearing, and the f...

UK musicians back call to end harassment of women at live gigs

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Ellie Goulding, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis are among the names backing a call for change to end the harassment and abuse of women at gigs and festivals. Organisers of a new Safe Spaces Now music...

Musician’s widow sues BBC over his exposure to asbestos in studio

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The BBC is being sued by the widow of a member of its symphony orchestra after he died from cancer caused by him playing in an asbestos-riddled corporation studio for decades. Patricia Larkin has launched legal action...

Talking Heads musicians survive serious collision with drunk driver

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Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, the husband and wife musicians who were core members of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, have survived a serious car crash after a collision with a drunk driver. According to a post from...

‘Smoky with a touch of biker jacket’: putting musicians’ candles to the sniff test

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£95, bellafreud.comSmells like Bella Freud’s Love Is the Drug candle riffs on Roxy Music’s sleazy 1975 single of the same name. Though we would expect the actual Bryan Ferry to reek of Brylcreem and the cobbles of Sav...

‘It’s a tastemaker’: how Love Island launches musicians’ careers

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As a singer-songwriter, Hana Lili mines the depths of her emotions to write heartfelt acoustic songs in her bedroom about her personal relationships. So she found it surreal to watch as her latest single, Stay, was us...

Orlam by PJ Harvey review – musician’s vision of a curious childhood

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A novel-in-verse written in dense Dorset vernacular, Orlam is a curious and enchanting thing. Like a dark poetic almanac, it charts, month by month, a year in which its heroine, nine-year-old Ira-Abel Rawles, leaves b...

‘Holding the artist to ransom’: musicians struggle to break even as venues and Universal cream off merch sales

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In early March, when the British post-punk band Dry Cleaning played the O2 Forum in London, ticketing company Dice informed fans that, counter to usual practice, no merchandise would be sold at the venue. Instead, a p...

Older, gifted and Black: the British musicians getting better with age

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When asked what was the best song he had ever written, the jazz great Duke Ellington famously quipped that it was one yet to come. He held out the promise of his future compositions being greater than his past and, pe...

Musicians want us to pay closer attention at gigs. Let’s do them the courtesy

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At my first gig back after 18 months of lockdowns, I greeted old irritations like a lost lover returning from sea. Ahh, £6 for pint of lager that will haunt my guts tomorrow. How I missed you, being crammed in butt to...

‘I had to learn how to feel anger’: Dandy on the demands disabled musicians face

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Dandy, a 28-year-old alternative pop musician from Shropshire, has every reason to be angry. An abusive relationship in her early 20s left her powerless, she says, while the deaths of thousands of fellow disabled peop...