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‘Our ethos was happy music and good vibes’: genre-busting Black British band Osibisa
Jimi Hendrix watched them rehearse, Stevie Wonder joined them on drums, and Fela Kuti partied with them in Lagos. Osibisa, whose African sunshine sound captivated the planet, have now returned

Garth Cartwright

29, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Florence Welch to adapt The Great Gatsby for Broadway musical
Florence + the Machine singer will collaborate with musician Thomas Bartlett and Pulitzer-winning playwright Martyna Majok on stage production

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

28, Apr, 2021 @3:48 PM

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Country singer Martina McBride showed me the toxic side of masculinity
In the last in our series, Grayson Haver Currin explains how the Nashville artist made him understand the tensions in his own childhood home

Grayson Haver Currin

28, Apr, 2021 @3:21 PM

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Anita Lane, singer-songwriter who collaborated with Nick Cave, dies aged 61
Lane was Cave’s partner in the early 1980s and wrote songs with him for the Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds, as well as releasing solo work

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

28, Apr, 2021 @12:39 PM

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Midnight Oil and Tame Impala win top honours at Australian music awards
Oils’ first single in 17 years named song of the year at the Apra awards, which celebrated live music’s return and the life of Michael Gudinski

Guardian staff

28, Apr, 2021 @11:45 AM

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‘My energy comes from optimism’: the hopeful music of spring 2021
In part two of our series on the musicians foregrounding hope in their songs, Esperanza Spalding, Rostam and more discuss the importance of positivity

Christine Ochefu, Dave Simpson and Laura Snapes

28, Apr, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Britney Spears to address LA court about father’s control of her career
Singer rarely takes part in hearings but has asked to speak directly to court, lawyer says

Guardian staff and agencies

27, Apr, 2021 @10:27 PM

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Sidney Denbin obituary
Other lives: Cellist who travelled the world with orchestras and was a fixture at the Proms

Oli de Botton

27, Apr, 2021 @4:43 PM

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‘Time to shake things up’: music industry confronts climate crisis as gigs resume
Huge concerts and nonstop touring mean the music business is in dire need of reform. Performers have begun to lead – but can their industry reshape itself as the world reopens?

Adam Corner

27, Apr, 2021 @1:00 PM

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‘If not hope, then what?’: the musicians finding optimism in dark times
Against a backdrop of Covid, a striking number of musicians, from hard rock to jazz, made music rich with positivity. In the first of a two-part series, they tell their stories

Christine Ochefu, Dave Simpson and Laura Snapes

27, Apr, 2021 @7:23 AM

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Barry Mason obituary
Songwriter whose hits included Tom Jones’s Delilah and Edison Lighthouse’s Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

Adam Sweeting

26, Apr, 2021 @4:34 PM

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Christa Ludwig obituary
Celebrated opera singer admired for her incomparable artistry

Barry Millington

26, Apr, 2021 @3:37 PM

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