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Stormzy apologises for unearthed homophobic tweets
The grime star said his comments were unacceptable and disgusting, full stop, after report criticises numerous gay slurs in the pastGrime MC Stormzy has apologised for using homophobic language on Twitter, after the Pink News site uncovered tweets stretching across three years that used words including faggot.Amongst numerous other uses of the word, he called a gay character on EastEnders a fucking fag, asked a Twitter user who was discussing hair straighteners and curling tongs are you a fag?, and told his followers: Put on bbc1 this little black boy is a fucking fag. He also described various people and things as proper gay.
Nov 22, 2017 6:43PM - Guardian-Music
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Crooner, inspiration, father I never had: Gregory Porter on his hero Nat King Cole
Hotels turned him away, his neighbours tried to drive him out and the KKK placed a burning cross on his lawn. But nothing could silence the extraordinary voice of Nat King Cole. Jazz star Gregory Porter pays tributeWhen I was five or six, I wrote a love song: Once upon a time I had a dreamboat / Once upon a time I had a love / Once upon a time I had a dreamboat / And upon that boat I found my love.
Nov 22, 2017 5:11PM - Guardian-Music
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We could build something revolutionary': how tech set underground music free
YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?In the 20th century, the vast majority of music you heard and bought was controlled by a small number of companies: record labels, radio stations and other dominators of the media. Artists needed them to reach the public and the publics choice was prescribed by what these gatekeepers believed could best turn a profit.
Nov 22, 2017 9:50AM - Guardian-Music
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Huddersfield hits 40 with a broader scope but its spirit undimmed
Are its days as the centre of Europes new music scene over? Far from it. Forty years after its modest beginnings, the Huddersfield contemporary music festival is still welcoming distinctive and daring voicesThe UK, even today, is not well blessed with festivals devoted to new music. But when the Huddersfield contemporary music festival began, in 1978, the situation was much worse, with no annual showcase here for what living composers were producing.
Nov 21, 2017 3:27PM - Guardian-Music
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Clockenflap: the postcolonial pop festival trying to unite Hong Kong
British acts Stormzy, Massive Attack and Kaiser Chiefs joined this years lineup, but Clockenflap is championing the best of the Hong Kong underground, tooHong Kong enjoyed its musical heyday in the 1970s and 80s when clubs such as DiscoDisco, the former British colonys answer to Studio 54, saw Andy Warhol and Madonna grace the dance floor followed by decades of inertia.A leading light in reviving it has been Clockenflap, which sets out to create a world-class music and arts festival it has just celebrated its 10th anniversary with Massive Attack, the Prodigy, Kaiser Chiefs and Stormzy. But theres still a way to go, as co-founder and musical director Justin Sweeting explains: Our festival serves as an annual rallying cry for those who yearn for more creative stimulus.
Nov 21, 2017 11:01AM - Guardian-Music
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Miracles singer and songwriter Warren "Pete" Moore dies
The US musician, who co-wrote multiple hits for the Smokey Robinson-led band, has died aged 78Warren Pete Moore, vocalist and songwriter with the seminal Smokey Robinson-fronted Motown outfit the Miracles, has died. Moore was a childhood friend of Robinson. They grew up in Detroit and, as teenagers, co-founded a vocal group that would later become the Miracles.
Nov 21, 2017 10:31AM - Guardian-Music
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The vinyl frontier: why do we keep sending music to outer space?
Snar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris?What item would you choose to sum up humanity if you were, like Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, seeking out new life and new civilisations? A five items or less sign from a supermarket, with a note explaining why it should be fewer? Maybe a selection of press cuttings about the Greggs sausage roll Jesus controversy, summing up both humanitys silliness and its capacity for overreaction?Of course you wouldnt. Youd do what the Barcelona electronic music festival Snar has done to mark its 25th anniversary: send out 33 separate 10-second clips of music by electronic artists such as Autechre, Richie Hawtin and Holly Herndon.
Nov 21, 2017 9:30AM - Guardian-Music
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Bananarama: how we made Robert De Niro's Waiting
De Niro knocked on the window of the bar, wearing a bobble hat and glasses. We just thought: who is that?Our plan was to do something like Grace Joness Pull Up to the Bumper. But somehow we ended up with a song based on a fantasy common to a lot of young girls: falling in love with a star, having their poster on their wall and escaping into a world thats so much easier to deal with than a real relationship.
Nov 20, 2017 3:49PM - Guardian-Music
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Rhiannon Giddens review contagious delight and furious defiance
Shepherds Bush Empire, LondonFrom slavery to the civil rights struggle, Giddenss material covers solemn material but her history lessons are thrilling and delivered with pure enjoymentHistory is my biggest teacher, says Rhiannon Giddens, introducing At the Purchasers Option, written after her research into slavery uncovered a chilling advert from the 1830s. It announced the sale of a smart healthy Negro Wench, and added, she has a child about nine months old, which will be at the purchasers option. Giddens transformed this bleak discovery into a furious cry of defiance, the most pained and powerful song of a triumphant and varied set.
Nov 20, 2017 1:19PM - Guardian-Music
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Queens of the Stone Age review gonzoid riffage and hellacious swagger
Wembley Arena, LondonTearing up the rulebook, rocks last remaining outlaws create a visceral, vast and heavy sound that is scoured of machismo and full of wit You really dont wanna make Josh Homme angry. But overzealous Wembley staff, training spotlights on an overexcitable audience, have only gone and done it tonight. Security, these people can do whatever the fuck they want, he drawls like John Wayne, if Wayne were 6ft 4in of hard-living rock hero, puffing on an illicit cigarette.
Nov 19, 2017 12:33PM - Guardian-Music