Music

The James Bond hitman whose lyrics fire hearts

By Paul Lester, August 8, 2008

Don Black is responsible for several classic 007 film themes, as well as a host of hot soundtracks in his 44-year career as one of the world's finest lyricists.


Did you know that James Bond was born in Mill Hill? Well, not the secret agent, but certainly some of his most famous songs. Because Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever and The Man With The Golden Gun were all written by Don Black, one of the most prolific and successful lyricists in the history of British popular music, when he was living in that quiet north London suburb.

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The trumpeter who blew up klezmer

By Miranda Hinkley, August 1, 2008

Frank London's fresh approach to klezmer sparked a global explosion in traditional Jewish music, rejuvenating an entire culture in the process

 

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Two talents to listen for

By Paul Lester, July 25, 2008

Rachael Sage and Natasha Panas are singer-songwriters ready to hit the big time. They are also proud of their very different roots.

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Review: Leonard Cohen

By Jean Hannah Edelstein, July 25, 2008

O2 Arena, SE10


Age has not affected the ability of the legendary Canadian to hit the same four notes


Age can be a scourge on the best singers, with years of strain and heavy use the cause of notable deterioration in range and tone.

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Rona Kenan: Tel Aviv’s lyrical dissenter

By David Lasserson, July 4, 2008

Big in Tel Aviv but not the rest of Israel, Rona Kenan, here on Sunday, sings dark tales of desire and displacement.

One of Tel Aviv’s finest chanteuses, Rona Kenan, is coming to London for one performance only. She will be singing on a boat on the Thames, in a re-enactment of a sea voyage from Britain to Haifa circa 1946, with Jewish partisans hiding in steerage ready to take on the forces of the British Mandate on their arrival in the Holy Land. 

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The cantors spiriting a comeback

By Lawrence Joffe, July 4, 2008

Chazanut are convening in London in a bid to safeguard the future of Jewish religious music.

Judaism has a long and glorious tradition of songful prayer going back centuries, to the time of the Temple itself. But that cantorial tradition may well be becoming an endangered practice.

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Miri Ben-Ari: The hip hop violinist set to salute Israel

By Paul Lester, June 27, 2008

Miri Ben-Ari plays classical and contemporary, parties with Kanye West and supports Holocaust education. We talk to her ahead of her London gig

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Julian Velard: Sad, lonely… and loved by housewives

By Paul Lester, June 20, 2008

Julian Velard is the biggest news in music since Duffy. He is courted by top record labels and daytime TV hosts. So why does he look so miserable?

If you were impressed by the vocal gymnastics of Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble, but would rather they sang their own songs; if you enjoy Amy Winehouse’s music but are disturbed by how, well, disturbed she is; if you like Billy Joel or Elton John but wish they were not so uncool... try Julian Velard.

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Hope’s hit

June 20, 2008

A video to promote Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks’s CD, Home of Hope, marking Israel’s 60th anniversary, has received more than 134,000 hits on YouTube since its launch last month. Sir Jonathan sings on one track, Oseh Shalom.

 

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Erik Satie: Gonzales, the classical rap comic

By Paul Lester, June 13, 2008

He plays Erik Satie, hip-hop and does satire on stage between songs. No wonder he has identity issues

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