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'Kora queen': Breaking Africa's male music tradition

Sona Jobarteh hails from a long West African tradition of griots and kora players; her grandfather was the master griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh.


Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:29:00 -0500

Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2018

GlobalFEST is a festival of discovery for everyone. This year's event in New York included Brazilian avant-pop from Ava Rocha, Congolese music from Jupiter & Okwess and much more.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:55:29 -0500

New Three Kings Day Traditions Form In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria

Three Kings Day is the highlight of the holiday schedule for most in Puerto Rico. But after Hurricane Maria, the sound of season is changing.

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Tue, 26 Dec 2017 07:00:41 -0500

Songs We Love: Tshegue, 'Muanapoto'

"Muanapoto" is exhilarating as it is unexpected — you're not sure where the beat will take you next, but you already know you want to be along for the ride.

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Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:23:00 -0500

Perceived As Prophetic Of A Bloodless Coup, Zimbabwean Artist's Profile Rises

One of the country's musicians has benefited dramatically from the country's political upheaval, due to an album some see as presaging its recent change in president.

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:10:00 -0500

Hermeto Pascoal's Music Reaches Far Into The Stratosphere

Pascoal, 81, occupies a special place in Brazilian music. Though he began to make his name in post-bossa nova Rio de Janiero, Pascoal's taken his music way past that — deep into the Amazon and beyond.

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:31:00 -0500

Trio Da Kali And Kronos Quartet: A Happy Marriage Of Tradition And Rule-Breaking

An unlikely musical collaboration, Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet shatter boundaries of culture, genre, faith and ethnicity.

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Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:50:14 -0500

On The Syrian Border, Alternative Arabic Music Brews

The Israeli-held Golan Heights, located right next to a civil war, has become an incubator for an experimental Arabic music scene.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:18:00 -0500

LADAMA On Mountain Stage

The four women have coupled their musical passions with their desires to empower youth and women globally. Hear them perform "Porro Maracatu" and the protest song "Compared To What."

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:01:01 -0500

Shocking Omissions: Marcia Griffiths' 'Naturally'

The Jamaican music industry has always been more based on singles, but Naturally is a ten-song, album-length argument for why Griffiths is such a foundational artist in reggae and beyond.

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Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Thistle And Shamrock: Seasons Of Mist

From the Celtic colors of Cape Breton Island to the stunning autumnal displays of the Appalachian Ridges, we feature music from Maddie Prior, Dougie MacLean and The Critton Hollow String Band.

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:00:49 -0500

Shocking Omissions: Cesária Évora's 'Cesária'

Évora, known as the "barefoot diva," helped bring morna beyond Cape Verde and into the international world of music. With her 1995 album, Cesária, Évora placed her definitive stamp on the style.

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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Join KEXP At 2017 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival

Watch artists from the land of fire and ice as they perform live at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik.

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Sun, 29 Oct 2017 13:48:00 -0400

A South African Superstar Says Farewell

Singer and dancer Johnny Clegg — the co-founder of two groundbreaking, racially mixed bands during the apartheid era — is battling pancreatic cancer. He's saying goodbye to his fans on a U.S. tour.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:13:00 -0400

Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, Bandleader Of Konono No. 1, Dies At 56

Mawangu became Konono No. 1's leader after the 2015 death of his father, who founded the long-running Congolese band in the late 1960s.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400

The Thistle And Shamrock: The Atlantic Bridge

The musical links between old world and new come alive in this 2010 episode of The Thistle And Shamrock.

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