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Alan Hawkshaw the best-known British composer you’d never heard of
The late musician’s track The Champ was sampled on more than 700 other records, while others pop up everywhere from Jay-Z songs to Milk Tray ads. What links them all is his compositional joy and irreverence

Michael Hann

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Lonnie Smith obituary
Turban-wearing American organist who enjoyed popular success playing with some of the US’s jazz greats

John Fordham

17, Oct, 2021 @4:44 PM

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63% of Black music makers have experienced racism in UK industry – study
Survey of 1,718 performers, creatives and staff reveals microgression, pay disparities and discrimination are rife

Laura Snapes Deputy music editor

13, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Baker Boy: ‘I wanted to show those kids back in community that they can succeed’
Before the release of his debut album, Yolŋu hip-hop artist Danzal Baker talks footy, stage fright and a fork in the road

Brodie Lancaster

08, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Ben Lee, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Australia’s best new music for October
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

07, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Ray BLK: Access Denied review – an unabashedly mainstream debut
The south Londoner aims to be “the black Madonna” on this taut set of wise words and killer hooks with a distinct sense of place

Kitty Empire

03, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J Blige and Snoop Dogg to perform at Super Bowl
The five multi-award-winning artists will perform on the same stage together for the first time at next year’s half-time show

Benjamin Lee

30, Sep, 2021 @9:42 PM

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The Guardian view on A Tribe Called Quest: time to pay tribute to the greats | Editorial
Editorial: The Low End Theory has never reaped the plaudits or the profits of Nirvana’s Nevermind, but it is a beauty


29, Sep, 2021 @6:48 PM

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Common’s teenage obsessions: ‘Michael Jordan gave me the shoes off his feet’
As he releases his new album, A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 2), the US rapper remembers his terrible chat-up lines and the magic of the moonwalk

As told to Tara Joshi

24, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Fugees return to New York for their first gig in 15 years … after a three-hour wait
The rap trio kick off their just-announced world tour to an eager audience but fall into old habits of tardiness

Dream McClinton in New York

23, Sep, 2021 @7:06 PM

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Fugees announce reunion world tour, 25 years after The Score
The acclaimed hip-hop group will reunite for their first live shows in 15 years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Grammy-winning album

Benjamin Lee

21, Sep, 2021 @4:26 PM

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Lil Nas X: Montero review – a fearless cultural dial-shifter
The Old Town Road rapper grabs freely from pop, trap and rock on his full-length debut

Kitty Empire

19, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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