Every few years, we’re invited to form a reverent circle and welcome a new singer-songwriter-genius into our mortal midst, a prophetic and one-of-a-kind voice invariably held up as the greatest thing since Bob Dylan went electric. These men – because … Continue reading All those poses: In praise of Rufus Wainwright
Angélique Kidjo is not renowned for her puritanical approach. Onstage, she might sing songs by George Gershwin or Jimi Hendrix, alongside traditional melodies from her native Benin. Hailed as the “Queen of African music”, the sonorous songstress has long raged … Continue reading How Angélique Kidjo remade Talking Heads classic album Remain in Light
The past few months have seen alternative Arabic music enjoy an unprecedented mainstream embrace – nowhere more so than in the UAE, with the first third of 2018 welcoming second editions of scene-stealing indie festivals Wasla and Step Music, and … Continue reading How the Middle East’s underground went overground: Selected writings on alternative Arabic music 2014-18
Somebody That I Used to Know has sold more than ten million copies worldwide, topping the charts in 23 countries; it’s one of the most successful pop songs of recent years. But why? Rob Garratt dissects the track to take … Continue reading Anatomy of a hit: Just why is Gotye’s Somebody I Used to Know every-f-ing-where right now?