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Nectar Band. Photo courtesy of plgmusic.org
Kazakh Nectar band signs with American PLG Music

Kazakhstani band Nectar, formerly known as LeLOO has signed a contract with Chicago-based label PLG Music.

Kazakh Nectar band signs with American PLG Music
British pop group One Direction. ©Reuters/Dylan Martinez
One Direction teases for new album with single

Boy band One Direction announced a November release for their latest record and streamed a free single to whet fans' appetites.

One Direction teases for new album with single
Stromae sees years before next album
Stromae sees years before next album

Belgian singer Stromae says that he may need years to "heal" himself before recording a third album.

Stromae sees years before next album
Poster of the Festival.
Japanese Autumn Art Festival to be held in Almaty

The 4th International Art Festival Japanese Autumn will be held in Almaty on September 8-9, 2014.

Japanese Autumn Art Festival to be held in Almaty
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Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years

Ecstatic fans welcomed British pop singer Kate Bush back to the stage for her first show for 35 years, in the same venue as her only previous tour.

Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years
The Almaty Symphonic Orchestra under Marat Bisengaliev will present Abai and Shakarim
World premier of Abai and Shakarim suites in Carnegie Hall in November

The world premier of the Abai and Shakarim suites will open at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 12, 2014.

World premier of Abai and Shakarim suites in Carnegie Hall in November
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Astana Opera House goes global

Kazakhstan's Astana Opera troupe will tour the United States of America, Canada, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Astana Opera House goes global
Japan's Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock
Japan's Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock

Japanese pop-metal group Babymetal have toured with Lady Gaga and attracted monster crowds in America and Europe with their sugar-coated hard rock.

Japan's Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock
Forget fruit, South African wine shows notes of Bach and Mozart
Forget fruit, South African wine shows notes of Bach and Mozart

Everybody knows that wine should have a good nose, but one South African vintner wants the world to believe it also needs a good ear.

Forget fruit, South African wine shows notes of Bach and Mozart
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5th Orchestra Parade to bring famous musical to Almaty

The 5th Orchestra Parade will be held from September 9 to 11 at the summer amphitheater of the Central Park of Culture and Recreation in Almaty.

5th Orchestra Parade to bring famous musical to Almaty
Kaisar ©Roza Yesenkulova
Kazakh in top 20 of Chinese singing contest

Kaysar, an ethnic Kazakh living in China, has made it into the top 20 of a singing contest in China.

Kazakh in top 20 of Chinese singing contest
Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success
Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success

Award-winning British rockers Arctic Monkeys are ready for a break.

Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success
Loreen. Photo courtesy of metro.co.uk.
Loreen to headline Eurasian Music Awards in Almaty

Eurovision-2012 winner Loreen from Sweden is going to headline the 3rd Eurasian Music Awards (EMA 2014) in Almaty.

Loreen to headline Eurasian Music Awards in Almaty
10-year-old Mukhammedali Zhugunusov. Photo courtesy of Zhugunusov family.
10-yo Kazakh singer succeeds at Junior New Wave 2014

Mukhammedali Zhugunusov, a 10 year singer from Kazakhstan won the third place at the Junior New Wave 2014.

10-yo Kazakh singer succeeds at Junior New Wave 2014
Stillframe from Out of the Blue music video
Oxford students' cover draws Shakira's attention

Oxford choir has become popular after releasing acapella cover of Shakira's hit songs which then was tweeted by Colombian singer herself.

Oxford students' cover draws Shakira's attention
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Kazakhstani guitar player reaches Top 100 of Guitar Idol 2014

A participant of Guitar Idol 2014 Artur Mashurov from Kazakhstan got into the Top 100 of the prestigiuous music competition.

Kazakhstani guitar player reaches Top 100 of Guitar Idol 2014
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At least 24 dead in Guinea rap concert stampede: hospital

A stampede during a rap concert on a Conakry beach left at least 24 people dead, Guinean hospital officials said.

At least 24 dead in Guinea rap concert stampede: hospital
Linda Ronstadt awarded White House arts honor
Linda Ronstadt awarded White House arts honor

Linda Ronstadt, who was the most successful female rocker of the 1970s and pioneered the role of women in that genre, was honored with the highest US arts prize.

Linda Ronstadt awarded White House arts honor
Artur Mashurov. Photo from personal archives.
Kazakhstani guitar player aspires to win Guitar Idol 2014

Kazakhstani guitar player Artur Mashurov from On Top of Tengri rock festival is participating in the prestigious international competition Guitar Idol 2014.

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Kazakhstani guitar player aspires to win Guitar Idol 2014
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Glamourous Salzburg Festival kicks off amid budget worries

Budget problems and widely publicised management disputes: the Salzburg Festival, one of the world's top opera events which kicks off this weekend, has seen almost as much drama behind the scenes as on stage in recent years.

Glamourous Salzburg Festival kicks off amid budget worries