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Hit It! - Tinariwen, Mabel Matiz, Other Tops On World Music Charts

Hit It! - Tinariwen, Mabel Matiz, Other Tops On World Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.


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This week, the jazz label Blue Note Records celebrated its 75th anniversary. And to do so, they have organized a series of live events, exhibitions, book and music releases to take place throughout the year.

On Jan. 8, the world's longest-running jazz label brought onstage some of its current musicians at the NYC Winter Jazzfest. The concert included, among others, pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran, bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Eric Harland.

Here, Thelonious Monk, one of Blue Note's legendary artists, performs his famous "Round About Midnight":

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How The Sari Conquered The World

The prestigious Design Museum in London – named European Museum of the Year in 2018 – is currently staging a landmark exhibition, The Offbeat Sari, all about this item of dress and the clamour of attention it is enjoying.

Women and children posing for a photo in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

Group of people posing for a photo, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, December 29, 2019.

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London Calling: How does India look from afar? Looming world power or dysfunctional democracy? And what’s happening in Britain, and the West, that India needs to know about and perhaps learn from? This fortnightly column helps forge the connections so essential in our globalising world.

The curry has conquered the world; the sari less so. It is, in concept, the most simple of garments: a single piece of unstitched fabric. In execution, it’s really tricky to wear for those who don’t have the knack. All those pleats – the tucking in – and then the blouse and petticoat which are part of the ensemble. Quite a palaver.

When Western women wear a sari – often as a perhaps misguided token of cultural respect – you often wish they had stuck to a trouser suit. And in its heartland, the sari is nothing like as ubiquitous as it once was. Among young urban Indian women, as far as I can make out, the sari is saved for high days and holidays.

Yet the elegance and versatility of the sari, as well as its timeless quality, have caught the attention of fashion gurus and designers, desi and otherwise. The prestigious Design Museum in London – named European Museum of the Year in 2018 – is currently staging a landmark exhibition, The Offbeat Sari, all about this item of dress and the clamour of attention it is enjoying.

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