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Nepal’s traditional Music Fest in Diwali Season

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Nepal’s traditional Music Fest in Diwali Season

The Nepal Mandal Dapha festival 1136 (Nepal Sambat) is set to begin from the last week of October this year. The festival is a competition of the Dapha Bhajan, a traditional genre of music of the Newar community of the valley. Cultural expert Om Dhaubadel said the competition will start from the day of Kaag […]

Nepal’s Singing Nun rocks on!

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Nepal’s Singing Nun rocks on!

Ani Choying Drolma is one of Nepal’s biggest pop stars.   She is also a  Buddhist nun  and a UNICEF goodwill  ambassador,  and runs  a  girl’s school and a hospital for kidney patients. With more than 12 albums of melodious Nepali tunes and Tibetan hymns that highlight themes of peace and harmony, the songstress in saffron […]

Nobel tribute to Dylan’s Protest Poetics

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Nobel tribute to Dylan’s Protest Poetics

Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, whose body of work has influenced generations of songwriters and been densely analyzed by fans, critics and academics, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. It is the first time the honour has gone to a musician. In its citation, the Swedish Academy credited […]

Caretaker grabs Ustad’s land in Bihar

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Caretaker grabs Ustad’s land in Bihar

Patna: A small piece of land which was the late Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan’s only testimony to his Bihar connection is no more. Authorities say the house, located in the Dumroan block of Buxur district, some 130 west of Patna, where he spent his early childhood days is now in the possession of a man […]

Skepta wins Brit’s best Alternative Music Award

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Skepta wins Brit’s best Alternative Music Award

THE LONDON MUSIC SCENE:   Grime hip-hop artist Skepta was awarded Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize last week (Sept 15) for his album Konnichiwa in recognition of a resurgent home-grown genre. As he presented the prize, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker paid tribute to the late rock legend David Bowie who had been tipped to win the […]

In Defence of Cliff Richard

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In Defence of Cliff Richard

STATEMENT FROM SIR CLIFF RICHARD – FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER Just three days ago Sir Cliff was informed that a complainant has requested a review of the CPS’s decision. When a person is told that their complaint is not going to be the subject of any further action they are also told that they have the […]

Sex abuse stories still hound Sir Cliff Richard

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Sex abuse stories still hound Sir Cliff Richard

A second alleged ‘sexual abuse victim’ of  India-born British singing superstar Sir Cliff Richard has challenged a decision not to bring charges against him, prosecutors have said. The Crown Prosecution Service said last month it was reviewing one case after a request by a male complainant, and another has now requested a review. In June […]

Kiev to host Eurovision 2017

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Kiev to host Eurovision 2017

Finally, Europe’s iconic pop music contest moves to Kiev! The Ukrainian city of Kiev will host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, it has been announced. The venue was due to be announced on 26 August, but a press conference was cancelled at the last minute. Fans speculated Ukraine might pull out of the contest for […]

Hard Rock Café sets the tone for WMD

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Hard Rock Café sets the tone for WMD

On the run up to World Music Day (June 21), Hard Rock Cafe aims to remind people that, as long there exists music in the world, we can set down our troubles, pick up our instruments and play and groove to a joyful tune.   Globally acclaimed brand, Hard Rock Cafe spread the fervour of […]

The Wailers are gonna Wake Up Shillong and Calcutta

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The Wailers are gonna Wake Up Shillong and Calcutta

SHILLONG: For the reggae lovers of Meghalaya and the northeast, it’s the penultimate dream come true. ‘One world’ and one love of music is bound to rock the scene as the ‘buffalo soldiers’ will sing ‘no woman no cry’ even as hundreds of fans will weep tears of unrestrained joy. It’s the late Bob Marley’s […]

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