Shock rocker Alice Cooper takes on the coronavirus in his new song
Whether it was cutting off his own head on stage with a guillotine, or false rumours that he bit the head of a chicken live on stage, his theatrical shows caused a scandal in the early 1970s. Thirty albums later and with 50 million records sold, first as the Alice Cooper band and later as the solo act, he's given us classic rock anthems like "I'm Eighteen", "School's Out" and "Billion Dollar Babies". Alice Cooper speaks to Eve Jackson from his home in Arizona about his rallying anthem "Don't Give Up", shock-rocking audiences for five decades and that chicken incident.
Music show: Elisabeth Elektra on her electro pop debut album 'Mercurial'
Releasing your debut album in the midst of a global pandemic is not something Elisabeth Elektra expected when she started making it. The Glasgow-based songwriter, who spent five years growing up in France, counts Prince, Kate Bush and Mylène Farmer among her influences. We caught up with her to discuss her effervescent electro pop debut album "Mercurial" and were treated to a live performance of her track "Sadie".
Polish journalists, judges and opposition turn to rap to denounce govt's authoritarian bent
In Poland, opposition to the government's authoritarian tendencies has found a new form of expression: rap music. Musicians, opposition figures, judges and journalists are using rap to denounce attempts to muzzle the courts and media.
Deutsche Oper orchestra musicians perform in Berlin nursing home garden
While deprived of rehearsals and performances because of the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians from the Deutsche Oper in Berlin are offering a series of free concerts in the courtyards of nursing homes. This gives them the opportunity to entertain and play for elderly people who rarely have the chance to go out, and to rediscover the pleasure of performing together.
Music industry launches 'Blackout Tuesday' in support of US protesters
Reactions to protests in the US continue, more than a week after George Floyd's death in police custody – including Barack Obama's opinion piece and the music industry rallying behind protesters with "Blackout Tuesday". Also, outrage in Zimbabwe after three female politicians accused of illegally holding a demonstration against food shortages were tortured and sexually assaulted. Their hospital ward has now been converted into a makeshift courtroom. Finally, things are looking up for a Pakistani pigeon accused of espionage and facing life in prison!
Highlights from star-studded Africa WAN Show for Covid-19
Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour and Grammy-winner Angélique Kidjo were among a star-studded line-up of African talent brought together for a virtual concert to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 100 artists and celebrities from across the continent and the diaspora took part in the WAN Show broadcast online by the Worldwide Afro Network. It was carried by 200 African channels to mark Africa Day - and organised by FRANCE 24's very own music critic Amobé Mévégué. We look at the highlights.
British musician Laura Marling on her new album 'Song For Our Daughter'
British musician Laura Marling wasn't planning to release her seventh album until the end of the summer. But when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and her US and European tours were canceled, she decided to put it out early. The singer-songwriter speaks to Eve Jackson about London in lockdown, writing an album for her younger self and giving online guitar lessons.