One of America's largest events -- Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago -- is underway this weekend, to the delight of fans and to the despair of others. The four day music festival is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to downtown Chicago each day, at a moment when coronavirus cases are on the rise and vaccinations have plateaued. Lollapalooza has said their policy is for unvaccinated people to wear masks and show a recent negative Covid test.
Singer Bella Shmurda sat down with The Guardian Life for rapid-fire questions. Enjoy!
13 Jul 2021
Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda in a recent sit down with The Guardian Life has called on establish entertainers to educate upcoming artists about what is needed to survive in the Nigerian music industry.
29 Jun 2021
Blufunk legend Keziah Jones, who became a global superstar at the turn of the 1990s after he was noticed busking in the streets of Paris and London, is back in the French capital to take part in a series of artistic events at the Pompidou Centre over the next three weeks. Along with choreographer Qudus Onikeku, a fellow Lagos native, Jones popped by the FRANCE 24 studios to tell us more about the "Fly by Night" events that celebrate African art, dance and music with creatives from Nigeria, Rwanda and DR Congo.
27 Jun 2021
Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid shot to fame in 2017 following the release of her debut EP "Don't Kill My Vibe". The 2019 release of her debut album "Sucker Punch" confirmed her place in pop stardom. She's been described as iconoclast, rewriting the rules of what it means to be a pop star – especially a female pop star.
21 Jun 2021
Pone, former member of the famous French hip-hop collective Fonky Family, has been stricken with ALS and yet continues to make music thanks to software that follows the movement of his eyes. The eye-tracking system guides a computer mouse allowing him to compose, but also to write and speak via a voice generated by his computer. His four-track mini-album 'Listen and donate', is out now with the goal to raise funds for the Trakadom association.
19 Jun 2021
Swedish musician Peter Von Poehl came in to tell us about his new album "Memories From Saint-Forget". Prior to the pandemic, he was supposed to have gone to China to work on a musical but instead ended up putting together his fifth album in the suburbs of ParisWe also look at new music by Angélique Kidjo, Carla Lucianni and Lorde.
19 Jun 2021
Veteran rock band Kiss blazed the Tribeca Festival carpet to debut their debut "Kisstory" on Friday in New York.
6 Jun 2021
She's a beloved voice in the Canadian music industry. Multidisciplinary artist TiKA has a lot of tricks up her sleeve: singer-songwriter, DJ, model, film composer, actor and advocate for the empowerment of female artists. Earlier this year, she added another feather to her cap with the release of her hotly anticipated debut LP "Anywhere But Here", which is full of 1980s-inspired synth pop anthems.
4 Jun 2021
As New York's classical music scene gets back on its feet, musicians from the New York Philharmonic perform at the Green-Wood cemetery during a dress rehearsal for the "Death of Classical" series.
27 May 2021
Chi Modu, the legendary Nigerian-born photographer who was responsible for some of hip-hop's most famous photographs, died over the weekend. He was 54.
26 May 2021
Music fills the Great Hall of Vienna's Musikverein once again, as the Philharmonic orchestra returns following months of lockdown that tested the musicians' motivation and turned their profession upside down.