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Join VPR Classical host James Stewart on a journey into the events, characters and concepts that shaped our Western musical tradition. We'll start at the very beginning and trace the steps of music through history. This music, and its history, is ours.

Latest Episodes
  • J. H. Kwabena Nketia was a composer and ethnomusicologist from Ghana who was dedicated to preserving and supporting African art of all disciplines.
  • Abdullah Ibraim, also known as Dollar Brand, was born Adolph Johannes Brand in Cape Town, South Africa in 1934. He started taking piano lessons at the age of seven and was performing professionally by the time he was 15. Brand was of mixed-race so under the South African apartheid system, he was considered “colored.”
  • Justinian Tamusuza is one of the premiere, contemporary African composers today. His music has been compared to American minimalist composers like Steve Reich and John Adams. However, what sets Tamusuza apart is his use of rhythm that calls to mind the pulse of traditional African music.
  • We continue our series on African composers by exploring the life, music and legacy of Cameroonian composer, Francis Bebey.
  • VPR host James Stewart, interviews the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's first candidate for the music director position, conductor, Akiko Fujimoto.
  • We continue our series of episodes about African composers with an exploration of the life, music and legacy of Nigerian composer Olatunji Akin Euba.
  • Timeline continues its series of episodes focused on Africa composers with an exploration of the music and influence of contemporary South African composer Neo Muyanga.
  • Discover the life, music and legacy of Ethopian composer Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou the "Honky-Tonk Nun."
  • The music of Nigerian composer Fela Sowande provided a voice for Nigerian people entering a Western world. Sowande is an internationally recognized African composer and was called the father of Nigerian art music.
  • Innovation and transformation are impossible without experimentation. That’s something that 20th Century Columbian composer, Jacqueline Nova, truly understood. Nova pioneered electroacoustic music and smashed limitations, including form, sound, discipline and even gender.