World Music

Goats and Soda
11:02 am
Thu July 17, 2014

She's Got A Perfect Afro — And A Melodious Vision For African Musicians

Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero shows off her guitar chops and her perfect afro.
Cody Pickens

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 2:58 pm

In February, Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero was flying home from Uganda to the U.S. when her plane had to land unexpectedly near the Arctic Circle. It was so cold that to keep her fingers warm she put on oven mitts (decorated with an African print) that she'd bought to bring home.

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World Music
1:54 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Ziggy Marley: Making Music For Children and Adults

Ziggy Marley (ziggymarley.com)

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 1:57 pm

Ziggy Marley has been making music for decades, ever since he first recorded with his father, the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley in 1979. He’s won four Grammys and an Emmy for his music.

He’s now released a children’s book based on his Emmy-winning song “I Love You Too.”

“To speak to children is even more important than speaking to adults, than making music for the general public,” Ziggy Marley told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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World Music
8:20 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger'

Rodrigo y Gabriela in a scene from their new video for the song "The Russian Messenger."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 1:27 pm

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World Music
12:46 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Indian Classical Music Meets Beat Box In 'Exit 1'

Violinist Nistha Raj and beat boxer Christylez Bacon perform the song "Shivranjani" in NPR's Studio One.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 2:07 pm

When you think of Indian classical music, you probably don't expect to hear beat box, or strains of jazz, and even rock. But that's exactly what Nistha Raj is all about. The violinist is mixing classical Hindustani music with modern sounds to bring it to a new generation of music lovers. Her debut album is titled Exit 1.

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World Music at SXSW
3:41 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Austin Group Atash Brings The Sounds Of The World To Texas

Alejandro Moreno-Alanis

Atash is a multi-cultural band based in Austin, so for them, lodging wasn’t an issue at the jam-packed South By Southwest festival. The members are from Iran, India, West Guinea, Africa, Cuba, Mexico and the United States. We started out talking about the band members, and also got into the subject of Islam and music during our interview.

Deirdre Saravia: "Mohammad, tell me about yourself, where do you come from?"

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Dancers From Around The World Coming To San Antonio Folk Dance Festival

Komenda Ethnic Dance Ensemble.
Jane Steig Parsons

They’re coming to San Antonio soon, and they’re hoping you will join them at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival.

“It is a gathering of people who love folk dancing, both to view it, and to do it,” said Michael “Misi” Tsurikov, one of the festival’s organizers. And he clearly has a love for folk dancing.

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World Music
3:32 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Renowned Flamenco Guitarist Paco de Lucia Dies At Age 66

Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucía is pictured in 2007. (Cornel Putan Alin/Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 3:37 pm

Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia died suddenly of a heart attack today in Cancun, Mexico, while on the beach with his children.

The 66-year-old guitarist vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco music and helped to legitimize flamenco in Spain itself, during a time when the music was largely being ignored by mainstream popularity.

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KPAC Blog
2:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

World Music Symposium Features Eastern European Flair

Ruth Moreland.
John Clare TPR Arts

There’s a unique training opportunity coming up for singers in San Antonio.

“I’m not sure there’s ever been a world music symposium in San Antonio before, so Benissimo Music is collaborating with Trinity University and we’re going to put on this wonderful two-day event" said Benissimo Music's Ruth Moreland.

Moreland said there will be master classes and they are bringing in Balkan music specialist Eva Salina Primack.

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World Music
9:32 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert

John Poole NPR

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 10:11 pm

A drum from the Argentine Pampas fuels the music of Sofia Rei in this video: The way Franco Pinna has it incorporated into a traditional drum set serves as a musical metaphor for the music Rei performs alongside Pinna and guitarist/bassist JC Maillard.

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Alt.Latino
1:47 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

How Hip-Hop Changed Latin Music Forever

Rapper Bocafloja is a pioneer of Mexican hip-hop.
Thomas De Los Santos Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:42 am

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