By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Nigerian artists spanning five decades of music-making took honors in Songlines magazine's 2015 awards, with Afrobeat pioneer and drummer Tony Allen winning Best Artist and Ibibio Sound Machine picked as Best Newcomers. The Malian father and son duo of Toumani Sidiki Diabate were named Best Group for their work highlighting the griot (story teller) tradition in the awards, announced on Thursday. The Kronos Quartet, usually associated with classical music, took the Cross-Cultural Collaboration award for an album embracing the music of countries ranging from Syria to China. Allen, 74, was nominated for his "Film of Life" album but the award was as much a recognition of his lifetime achievements, Songlines editor-in-chief Simon Broughton said.
Instagram, which has quickly become a favorite social media platform for stars, on Wednesday launched a channel dedicated to music. The account @Music -- a first-of-a-kind dedicated content channel run by Instagram -- will each week highlight an up-and-coming artist or offer a behind-the-scenes look at a more established musician. The new account will be "dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from those who create it to the community around it," Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post. Fellow social media giant Twitter has meanwhile struggled to find a strategy for music that brings in revenue.
Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer -- violated a collective bargaining agreement that music for Hollywood films would be produced in the United States or Canada. "The disregard for the livelihood of professional musicians by these companies has to stop," said Ray Hair, president of the 80,000-strong American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The lawsuit pointed to the score for last year's hit science fiction epic "Interstellar," which was directed by Christopher Nolan and starred Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Matthew McConaughey.
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Oak Street brunch and live music favorite Live Oak Cafe (8141 Oak) is now reopen after a major remodeling effort kept the a.m. hotspot closed during an "extensive winter hiatus," Ian McNulty reports this week.
Once an afterthought for many international artists, India has quickly emerged as a hotbed for electronic dance music -- and, in a sign of its growth, the first Indian act has played the influential Coachella festival. If not for DJ Ritesh D'Souza's shout-out to an Indian friend, it is unlikely that most at the show recognized the duo's origin. Bandmate Tara Mae, a classically trained US pianist who met D'Souza while living in Mumbai, said the sound "has futuristic elements. "We became big fish in a small pond, kind of, doing the same clubs with the same people," D'Souza told AFP.