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‘After healing comes dancing’: Tems, the Nigerian singer loved by Drake and Adele

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Essence, a melancholy yet feelgood anthem released last October by Wizkid, has belatedly emerged as one of the songs of 2021, gradually dominating global streaming charts – further aided by Justin Bieber’s patronage o...

Carl Bean, singer of gay pride anthem I Was Born This Way, dies aged 77

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Carl Bean, the US gospel artist and minister who sang the gay pride anthem I Was Born This Way, has died aged 77. A statement from the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, a church for Black LGBTQ+ worshippers founded by...

R Kelly: man testifies singer sexually exploited him as a teenager

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After several days of testimony from women claiming they were groomed and sexually abused by R Kelly, a man took the witness stand at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial in New York on Monday to say the R&B star exploit...

Nanci Griffith: a folk singer committed to the genre as much as activism

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In 1993, when the world was enthralled with the new sound of grunge rock emanating from the Pacific north-west, Nanci Griffith quietly released a collection of cover songs intended to guide listeners to a network of s...

Brazilian singer turned congresswoman held over husband’s murder

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The Brazilian gospel star turned congresswoman accused of masterminding the murder of her preacher husband has been arrested after she was expelled from congress earlier this week. Flordelis dos Santos de Souza, an ev...

Laura Nyro: the phenomenal singers’ singer the 60s overlooked

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Whatever role Laura Nyro chose to play – earth mother, soul sister, angel of the Bronx subways – she committed to it. With a soaring, open-hearted voice and ingeniously crafted compositions, Nyro transformed a range o...

Australian Singer known as Jimmy Beloved jailed for 21 years for sexually abusing young fans

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A predatory lead singer in a band who sexually abused numerous young girls in Australia has been jailed for at least 21 years. Daniel Hanson, a member of popular Newcastle bands We Built Atlantis and Falling for Belov...

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World review – young voices bring a mighty sound

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Gihoon Kim, from South Korea, a most modest personality possessed of a big baritone voice, took the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World’s main prize, the 20th since the competition’s inception. The warm embrace of the Car...

Folk singer Mustafa: ‘I’m trying to preserve the memories of young Black Muslims’

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Appearing on a Zoom call from his Los Angeles apartment, sporting the white, perforated kufi skullcap worn in mosques, 24-year-old Canadian musician Mustafa is a long way from Regent Park, the predominantly Black, wor...

Bobby Gillespie: ‘I am a lead singer, I love myself’

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Born in Glasgow, Bobby Gillespie, 58, founded Primal Scream in 1982. The band’s third album, Screamadelica, won the 1992 Mercury music prize. Utopian Ashes, Gillespie’s album with Jehnny Beth, is released on 2 July; t...

Country singer Martina McBride showed me the toxic side of masculinity

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I was well into college the first time I heard the term “patriarchy,” but I instantly knew what it meant: I’d witnessed it at home for 18 years. I saw it in the way my mother, a schoolteacher, cooked, cleaned, and car...

Tina review – celebration of a singer who is simply the best

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Sky Documentaries’ two-hour film Tina, a retrospective on the now 81-year-old Tina Turner’s career is stuffed full of footage of her performances over the years. Black and white film of Anna Mae Bullock (as she was th...

‘I feel admonished for being myself’: Yseult, the chanson singer riling the French establishment

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Accepting the award for the best newcomer at Victoires de la Musique (the French Grammys) on 12 February, Yseult said: “This is not just a victory for me, it’s a victory for my brothers and sisters. We have snatched t...