Arts & Culture

World Music
4:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Yasmine Hamdan, "Ya Nass"

Crammed Discs Records

I first heard the haunting voice of Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan on a track called “Lili s’en fout,” from a CD released by Toufic Farroukh. Her captivating vocals added a whole new dimension to the song.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Beloved Institute Of Texan Cultures Planning For The Future

Hundreds of thousands of people visit ITC each year.
Expedia

For many San Antonians, there are certain places that immediately bring back the past.

That’s exactly what Angelica Docog, the new director of the Institute of Texan Cultures, is hoping to change.

“I think many people still think of us as a beloved icon, which we are, which we love, which we love being,” she said. “However, I think to some of the challenges we have is -- as you know, ITC was created in 1968 and many people still have that image of us of being stuck, for lack of a better term, in 1968."

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Texas Food
3:12 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas

We had to do it! A fried mic.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 6:11 pm

Every year, the State Fair of Texas awards the most original food that is battered and plunged into a vat of boiling oil.

And it gets weirder every year. The obvious choices came and went in previous competitions — concoctions such as fried ice cream, fried cookie dough and chicken-fried bacon. Now, every year, the same cooks have to top themselves, which is not easy.

Last year, Butch Benavides — a Mexican food restaurateur turned fry-master — won a trophy for his fried bacon cinnamon roll on a stick.

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World Festivals
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

World Celebrations: Reed Dancing In Swaziland

Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini [left] at the Reed dance festival in Swaziland 2006. She is daughter of the first wife of the king. Royalties of Swaziland can wear red feathers in their hair.
Amanda44 Wikimedia Commons

The Umhlanga Ceremony in Swaziland, South Africa dates back to the 1940s, and was devised as a method to encourage chastity among young women. It has a vague connection to summer camp, when young people share collective experiences away from home.

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8:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Accidental 'Blurred Lines' Between Classical And Pop

The Internet exploded on Sunday night following Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's duet during the MTV Video Music Awards. Some viewers cheered the racy performance by the duo, though the general consensus was one of shock and bewilderment. The song the two performed was "Blurred Lines," Thicke's chart-topping summer jam. But as this report from PRI's "The World" demonstrates, some fans looking for Thicke's hit online got some blurred lines of their own, between a chart-topping pop song and a classical work by Canadian composer John Beckwith.
Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. He's had thousands of downloads of music he composed over 15 years ago. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called Blurred Lines. It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.
Classical Music
9:09 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

New York native Richard Tucker in the title role of Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.
Sedge LeBlang Metopolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 9:21 am

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Reviews
4:45 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Marco Beltrami's "The Wolverine" A Cut Above Most Action Scores

Sony Classical

As the summer movie season winds down, “The Wolverine” has been a stand out, praised for its attention to details like character development, plot, and a focus on place and setting, despite its comic book action-movie pedigree. Fittingly, Marco Beltrami’s score for “The Wolverine” also escapes some of the trappings of typical action scores.

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World Music
1:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Buika: Tiny Desk Concert

The Buika performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels Hayley Bartels/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:14 pm

Concha Buika's voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa.

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Texas Music
8:41 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Black Joe Lewis And His Band Stay The Course, Lose The Name

Black Joe Lewis' new album is Electric Slave.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 10:22 am

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World Festivals
5:20 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

World Celebrations: Great Balls Of Fire

La Tomatina, 2010.
Flydime Wikimedia Commons

This week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), we'll listen to music from El Salvador and Spain, among other countries, and celebrate two festivals that are guaranteed to get you hot--and bothered (by flying fruit).

BOLAS DE FUEGO

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