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Bolivian youth orchestra plays for the future

- When Mariel Chura joined a youth orchestra at age 14, she did not even know what a viola was. Seven years later, she loves the instrument, which has offered her an escape from the hardships of everyday life in Bolivia's biggest coca-producing area.

Tributes for Pete Shelley from UK punk band Buzzcocks

London - Tributes flooded in on Friday for "brilliant talent" Pete Shelley, the lead singer and songwriter with influential British pop punk band the "Buzzcocks", who died in Estonia aged 63.

Can more nominees help Grammys boost diversity?

New York - Cardi B, Drake and Ariana Grande are top contenders for Friday's Grammy nominations, with an expansion of the four big categories that could mean more recognition for women and minorities on music's biggest night.

Vienna premieres new opera on rise of far-right in Europe

Vienna - World premieres are something of a rarity at the Vienna State Opera, but preparations are underway this week for the first performance of a new piece tackling the refugee crisis and the rise of far-right populism in Europe.

High Valley talks ACM nod, Ricky Skaggs, new music, 2019 tour Special

Brad Rempel from the country duo High Valley chatted with Digital Journal about their ACM nomination, their new music and upcoming tour. He also spoke about the impact of technology on the country music scene.

BNZZO talks new music, inspirations, technology, Eminem, Dr. Dre Special

Rising hip-hop artist BNZZO chatted with Digital Journal about his stage name, plans for the future, his musical inspirations and how technology has impacted the music industry. He also premiered his "Noledge" music video on Digital Journal.

Oprah honours Mandela ahead of global charity concert

Soweto - US television celebrity Oprah Winfrey on Thursday paid emotional tribute to Nelson Mandela as she prepared to host a star-studded concert in Johannesburg to cap celebrations marking 100 years since his birth.

UNESCO adds reggae to global cultural heritage list

Port Louis - Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves won international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday secured a coveted spot on the United Nations' list of global cultural treasures.

UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list

Port Louis - Reggae music, whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday won a spot on the United Nations' list of global cultural treasures.

Q&A: Helping artists determine legal ownership of their content Special

Jessica Sobhraj, a veteran of Rumblefish/SESAC and now CEO & Founder of Cosynd, has created Cosynd to help artists and creatives legally determine ownership of content with their collaborators.

After years of silence, music fills streets of Iraq's Mosul

Mosul - For centuries, it was a magnet for artists across the region and churned out Iraq's best musicians -- but recent years saw Mosul suffer a devastating musical purge.

The modern artists for whom the ancient Dutch bells toll

Utrecht - When a musical legend dies, a tribute can often be heard ringing out from the most unexpected of places: the tallest church tower in the Netherlands.

Jamaica seeks world heritage status for reggae

Paris - Jamaica is bidding to have reggae music admitted to a list of global cultural treasures worthy of protection, the UN's cultural agency UNESCO announced on Tuesday.

Meet Milan and Misha Kordestani: Music executives of Guin Records Special

Milan Kordestani,19, and Misha Kordestani, 21, of Guin Records are two of the youngest music executives in the United States. They chatted with Digital Journal about their musical journey and the digital transformation of the music business.

Review: Alex Aiono releases high-octane 'No Drama' music video Special

Rising pop sensation and Interscope recording artist Alex Aiono is back with his compelling new music video for his song "No Drama."

BTS management apologise for nuclear blast T-shirt after Japan row

Seoul - The managers of hugely popular South Korean boyband BTS have issued an extensive apology after controversy erupted in the lucrative Japanese market over a T-shirt worn by one of the vocalists showing a nuclear blast.

Man, 59, to stand trial in Germany for stealing Lennon's belongings

Berlin - German prosecutors on Monday charged a 59-year-old man for the theft of numerous objects, including diaries, stolen from the estate of the late Beatle John Lennon.The accused, identified as Erhan G., will face trial over charges of theft and fraud.

Crazy in love? The Japanese man 'married' to a hologram

Apo - Akihiko Kondo's mother refused an invitation to her only son's wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn't such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram.

In storm-hit Dominica, Creole music offers uplift

Roseau - Amid the kaleidoscope of colors of Dominica's capital Roseau, the streets pulsated with the sounds of African drums and steelpans, bamboo "boom pipes" and accordions.

Adam Shoenfeld and Katie Cook of SunKat talk 'Hey Jo Jo,' future Special

Guitarist and musician Adam Shoenfeld and CMT personality Katie Cook of the duo SunKat chatted with Digital Journal about their new music.

Cousin Brucie talks Long Island Music Hall of Fame, technology Special

Westbury - Radio star Bruce Morrow, affectionately known as Cousin Brucie, chatted with Digital Journal at the red carpet of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on November 8.

Melanie talks Long Island Music Hall of Fame, longevity in music Special

Westbury - On November 8, esteemed singer-songwriter Melanie chatted with Digital Journal at the red carpet of the 2018 Long Island Music Hall of Fame GALA.

Orchestra brings message of peace to divided America

Washington - Israeli, Palestinian and other Middle Eastern musicians brought a message of peace this week to an America torn by caustic political discourse.

Japan TV station cancels K-Pop stars BTS over nuke bomb shirt

Apo - A Japanese television station has cancelled a performance by the wildly popular Korean boyband BTS, after controversy erupted over a shirt worn by a member appearing to show the mushroom cloud created by an atomic bomb.

Spotify launches an analytics platform for music publishers

On November 8, it was announced that the streaming service Spotify has launched an analytics service for music publishers.

Don't let me down: Japan superfans lose fight for Beatles footage

Apo - It's been a hard day's fight, but a group of Japanese Beatles fans have lost their bid to get police to hand over historic footage of the band's 1966 Japan visit.

Review: GravaStar futuristic Bluetooth speaker Special

Portable speakers are commonplace, the challenge is with coming up with something different and imaginative, especially to appeal to a younger crowd. The GravaStar Bluetooth speaker fits the bill.

Thai rappers cause stir with anti-junta lyrics

Bangkok - A group of Thai rappers has touched a nerve with an impassioned and now-viral music video lobbing fiery rhymes at the ruling junta, as police mull filing charges against the lyricists.

Billy Joel's guitarist headed to Long Island Music Hall of Fame

Westbury - On November 8, veteran guitarist Tommy Byrnes, of Billy Joel's band, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

'We've got the power!' In DRC, rap moves to take on rumba

Apo - It is a conflict at once cultural, generational and political: rap music in DR Congo is staging a frontal assault on rumba, accusing its ageing stars of only singing of love and other banalities.
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