The sheer power of music and the way it can affect people in such a positive way is never better demonstrated than when you watch the therapists from the charity Nordoff Robbins at work. The charity uses the power of music to treat children and adults with all kinds of difficulties ranging from autism to dementia and they have been transforming lives for decades. The techniques created by the founders Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins can be a way of communicating for those who have trouble doing so and it has proved to have many benefits both physical and mental.
You're probably reading this post on a computer or mobile device via a vibrant glow emitted by the screen. So readily available to many of us, light and power only becomes evident in their unexpected absence - the frustration of dead batteries, power outages and darkness. Yet for 622million people in Africa, energy poverty is the norm. Home to one-sixth of the world's population, Africa receives only 4% of the world's energy supply... Inspired by my own childhood I knew that we could electrify Africa now, and we could do it quickly.
@Stikmatik, one of North London's most prolific producers, describes his sound as a blend of "DnB, desi, Hip Hop, RnB, Folk, Grime and Dub all wrapped into a secret formula". He displays his versatility with his latest offering, 'Heaven' h.o.t.h Remix. Need a hot track as well as a remix? Stikmatik is your guy.
So. Artwork designed for the sleeves of Sex Pistols records 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'Never Mind the Bollocks' are now being featured on Virgin Money credit cards. The age-old cry of 'punk is dead!' has gone out across the internet...
I became interested in different bird calls a few years ago while sitting outside at night listening to tawny owls calling to one another - it really sounds like a long distance conversation from tree to tree.
Charlie Dore, singer, songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist, brings her tour (in support of Milk Roulette, her most recent album) to The Pheasantry, King's Road, on Wednesday 17th June. It's a chance to watch a master songwriter in an up-close-and-intimate Central London venue.
Ahead of their free entry gig at London's Southbank Centre this Friday, London Afrobeat Collective spill the beans on their latest release Food Chain.
Musical lines are blurring and it seems we are finally moving on from the days of musical snobbery into a world where words like 'Pop', 'Folk' and 'Blues' simply don't mean as much as they used to.
We've reached a watershed moment for streaming music. Music fans are taking advantage of a rapidly evolving landscape of technologies and services that are redefining our music experience, and expanding our engagement with music and artists in ways that were previously unimaginable.
Never one to shy away from controversy himself, Alfie also waded into the row via twitter saying "Classic Quadrophenia apparently is not eligible for the Classical charts. It's moments like this that prove the classical industry is still run by narrow minded arseholes." Ever loyal, Alfie's legions of fans also tweeted their support and made their feelings known.
I chat with Prurient' s Dominik Fernow about his new album, blind electronics and the pleasure in not getting all the answers. The diary (or journ...
Tallia Storm has been dubbed 'Tiny Chancer' after leaving her demo CD with Sir Elton John's partner, David Furnish when she was just 13. Now at 16, still a very young girl with a very big voice, Tallia is not only known for her soulful singing, but also for her unique fashion choices and big hair!
Where are the youngsters picking up a guitar and screaming songs about the patriarchy in such a compelling way? Why are there not more young people dressing crazy and going mad for their particular brand of music?
It is quite sad, to see the music industry lacking in headline acts. We're just not producing those big names anymore and the ones that are still around have done all the headlining slots for festivals. It is just old news and regulars won't want to see the same people in the same slot, year after year.
When I spoke to him a few weeks ago, Alfie mentioned that some parts of the role were "trickier than others, mainly due to the emotion behind the words." Alfie has also said that the role is "harder than opera, but thrilling to sing". Nothing controversial about that statement!
Vinyl Tuesday should be celebrated as another opportunity to further bond with the new, the born again, or the lifelong vinyl junkies alike. However, it also highlights a (pardon the pun) pressing problem for the production of vinyl - the factories which pumped out little black plastic platters are fewer and farther between than during vinyl's heyday.