Music

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Iranian regime persecutes love and happiness

Even the little joys of life are spoiled by Iranian officials. Learn how a marriage proposal and "happy" music earned only wrath from the hardliners.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

What does it mean when copyrighted works become free?

Copyrighted works dating back to 1923 have now entered the public domain. That's important news for teachers, theater groups and others.
Two rock guitarists performing onstage (© David Richard/AP Images)

Rock greats await Hall of Fame’s verdict [video]

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's first honorees gave birth to rock, rhythm and blues. New members soon will be announced.
Heather Maxwell (second from right) and three men sitting at curved table with microphones (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Voice of America’s ‘Music Time in Africa’ spans cultures and genres

"Music Time in Africa," the Voice of America's longest-running show in English, brings African music new and old each week to millions of listeners on the continent and around the globe.
Close-up of Omara Moctar (© Partisan Records)

‘Desert blues’ king electrifies music fans [video]

Omara "Bombino" Moctar is the pride of West Africa. Meet the man whose musical passions and Tuareg heritage have made him a rising star.
Esperanza Spalding standing with a bass, with explanatory text underneath (State Dept./D. Woolverton. Photo: AP Images)

Here’s a free poster saluting women in music

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding exemplifies women making history in fields that were once nearly exclusively male, like jazz.
Five-person musical band performing with guitars, drums and keyboard (© Peter Simon/Getty Images)

Rock’s Hall of Fame announces inductees for 2018 [video]

Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, and Nina Simone are entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn what makes these performers stand out.
Men and women in formal dress posing for photo (© AP Images)

America celebrates the performing arts with Kennedy Center Honors

Rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan were among the performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Man leaping as woman plays musical instrument (Margaret Schulman)

Decades later, Japan’s gift to Americans is still vibrant

The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, a gift from Japan in 1976, is celebrating its reopening with artwork and performances that pay tribute to the country.