Tunisia to train callers for prayers at music institutes

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Tunisia will soon begin training the callers for prayers at the Rachidi Institute of Tunisian Music to improve their voices and performance. The initiative is set to assert the countries identity, resist extremism in an unprecedented move by the authorities. The Minister of Religious Affairs, Ahmed Adhoum, revealed that this experiment is aimed at enhancing reciting the adhaan (call for prayer) as per the Tunisian school. He told Tunis Africa news agency that Tunisia has an important heritage of ...

Last surviving Sarangi player seeks to preserve dying art in Pakistan

Friday, 2 February 2018

One language that unites people of all cultures is the reverberating sound of music. Be it a piano, a guitar, a violin or the beating of drums – the musical hums are a single language echoing emotion and stories without words. In the historic city of Lahore, Pakistan, resides Zohaib Hassan, the country’s most prominent and probably the only surviving sarangi players. Hassan belongs to the seventh generation in his family with mastery over the 300-year-old tradition of sarangi playing ...

Music therapy to help treat cancer? Doctors in India try adding a melodic dose

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Doctors in India are these days adding a dose of music therapy to their treatment regimen for physical and mental ailments and seem to have hit the right note with their patients.Not only physicians and psychiatrists, but even psychologists, researchers, educators and volunteers associated with prisons, special schools, community mental health agencies and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are discovering the therapeutic benefits of the seven basic notes of music. Music therapy is now a ...

Justin Timberlake gets ‘personal’ in first album in five years

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake on Tuesday announced his first album in nearly five years, promising more "personal" songwriting inspired by his home and family. The 36-year-old singer and actor said that "Man in the Woods," his fifth solo studio album, will come out on February 2 -- two days before he headlines entertainment during the Super Bowl, generally the most watched television event of the year in the United States. Timberlake unveiled the album with a short video on ...

Five facts that make Liberia’s George Weah a unique presidential candidate

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

As the Liberian Presidential elections get underway, the spotlight is on 51-year-old George Weah. Not a typical candidate, Weah has had a fairly interesting run that has attracted global attention. Here are five facts that make him stand out as a unique candidate: Recognition as a footballer Weah’s life was transformed when manager Arsene Wenger spotted him playing football in Cameroon. Wenger brought him to Europe where he ended up playing for the biggest teams including AS Monaco, PSG, ...

K-pop star Kim Jong-Hyun dies in possible suicide

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Kim Jong-Hyun, the lead singer of South Korean boyband SHINee, died in a hospital on Monday in what police are calling a possible suicide SHINee’s record label, SM Entertainment, confirmed the 27-year-old singer’s death in a statement on Monday, according to Gulf News. “We are sorry to deliver such heartbreaking and unfortunate news,” the statement read. “On December 18, SHINee member Jong-hyun suddenly left us.” The K-pop star, 27, was found unconscious next ...

WATCH: France bids a huge final farewell to rocker Hallyday

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A 'national homage' to French rocker Johnny Hallyday began in Paris Saturday with an honour guard of up to 700 bikers following his hearse down the Champs Elysees. Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the French capital to bid a final farewell to the 74-year-old singer known as the French Elvis, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday. Some fans cried as Hallyday's body, in a white coffin, was driven down the grand ceremonial avenue towards the Madeleine church for his funeral ceremony. ...

Yanni tweets: Saudis will help country ‘take its rightful place in the world’

Friday, 8 December 2017

It has been six days of breathtaking performances by pianist and composer Yanni in Saudi Arabia. The experience has been overwhelming for the maestro, which is evident from his tweets. On Friday Yanni tweeted: “KSA: An amazing culture in the mist of a wondrous change at an incredible rate! So many bright minds, men and women, young and old alike, from all walks of life, who love their country, and can, and will, help this nation rise and take its rightful place in the world!...Yanni” ...

Saudi girl band Khamsa Adwaa tops YouTube’s most trending music videos

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Khamsa Adwaa (Five Lights), a Saudi band made up of young girls, has topped the list of this year’s most trending music videos on YouTube.   The list also includes Moroccan pop sensation Saad Lamjarad, as well as the hit single Talat Daqat (Three Beats) by Egypt’s Abu featuring iconic film star Yousra. The results are also reflective of the diversity of YouTube’s audience in the Middle East.   Like last year, all of 2017’s most trending non-music videos are by ...

Music producer Russell Simmons steps down after sex assault claim

Friday, 1 December 2017

Music producer Russell Simmons said on Thursday he was stepping down from his fashion and production businesses after a screenwriter said in a column in the Hollywood Reporter that Simmons sexually assaulted her in 1991. Jenny Lumet, the screenwriter daughter of the late movie director Sidney Lumet, in a Thursday Hollywood Reporter column accused Simmons of forcing himself on her in his New York apartment in 1991. Simmons, 60, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Records and also a film ...

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