music

Jazz in the Time of War in Iraq

High notes and low notes at Sulaimania’s first and only jazz BISTRO By Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah The only way to describe the opening of Uptown Jazz in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimania last September, is to call it an act of rebellion. In a country where the typical live music cafés feature Middle

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Adding Music to Pain Meds May Reduce Pain

By Kathryn Doyle As a complement to traditional pain relief tools like medication, listening to music may lessen acute or chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions, according to a new review. “We have seen and observed this effect in multiple clinical settings such as medical hospitals and hospice-care facilities,” said author Jin Hyung

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Justin Bieber Walks Off Stage: “I’m Not a Robot”

Nov. 1- Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber said his abrupt departure from the stage during a recent concert in England was an act of frustration and not anger as his screaming fans made it difficult to connect with them. The teen heartthrob dropped his microphone and walked off stage after begging fans to stop screaming

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Omar Musa: Spitting Fire

In the rising tide of art about the contemporary burden of Muslim identity, the poet, rapper, and novelist Omar Musa is emerging as one of his generation’s most original and urgent voices. To learn more about the rapper, read this piece by Bilal Qureshi http://owl.li/ZcxdA   Social Streams

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Jurors in Led Zeppelin Copyright Trial to Deliberate for 2nd Day

LOS ANGELES, June 23 – Jurors in Led Zeppelin’s copyright infringement trial were due to begin a second day of deliberations on Thursday to decide whether the English rock band ripped off the opening chords of “Stairway to Heaven” from an American group. The trial in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has called into

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After Taliban Music Ban, Songbook Teaches Afghan Children to Sing Again

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, June 14 – When Louise Pascale, an American music teacher, pulled a three-decade-old Afghan children’s songbook from her bookcase, she realised she was likely holding a treasure lost to Afghan children following a music ban imposed by the Taliban. Playing instruments was banned during the period of Taliban rule in late-1990s

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Lebanese Alt-Rock Band Confronts Post-Orlando Divisions During U.S. Tour

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 14 – Accustomed to generating controversy in their native Middle East with lyrics tackling love, sex and political apathy, members of Lebanese alt-rock band Mashrou’ Leila thought a summer U.S. tour would bring them a welcome respite. Instead, as news spread on Sunday that an American man claiming allegiance to

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Ed Sheeran Faces $20 Mln Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Photograph’

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, June 8 – Two California-based musicians are suing British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran for $20 million over his hit song “Photograph,” which they claim bears a similar structure to one of their songs, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. The copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by Martin Harrington, a songwriter

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Kanye West is Sued by Hungarian Rock Star for Alleged Song Theft

By Jonathan Stempel May 23 – Kanye West is being sued by a prominent Hungarian rock singer and composer, who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known compositions without permission for the 2013 song “New Slaves.” In a complaint filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Gabor Presser said one-third

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The Music and the Medina

A letter from the Fes Festival of Sacred Music BY Bilal Qureshi On a grand stage in front of Bab Al Makina, one of the gateways near the entrance to the ancient Medina (city) of Fes, an ensemble of musicians from India gathered for an evening of sacred music. The arched gateway and its adjacent

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