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World Music
2:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Asgeir Trausti Breaks The "Silence" In English

One Little Indian Records

Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.

Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!

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World Music
8:54 am
Mon February 3, 2014

First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar'

Tinariwen's new album, Emmaar, comes out Feb. 11.
Marie Planeille Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 2:35 pm

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How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.

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World Music
1:53 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Darren Phillip Jones

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 10:58 am

For fans of world music, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no introduction.

The group has been singing a capella together for 50 years, brought together by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmhand turned factory worker from the town of Ladysmith. He had a dream of tight vocal harmonies and messages of peace.

That dream developed, and the band came to the attention of Paul Simon, who had it record "Homeless" on his album Graceland. It introduced the group to the world.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Uganda's Watoto Children's Choir Sings Against All Odds

Watoto Children's Choir
Watoto staff

Their music is pretty well guaranteed to put a smile on your face but the kids who are making it haven’t had a lot to smile about. They're from strife-torn Uganda.

“Some of the children we have were abandoned on the streets," said Watoto Children’s Choir Team Leader Phillip Mugerwa.

“Others, they saw their parents murdered during war. Others saw their parents die of HIV and AIDS,” he said.

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Music Interviews
9:15 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Angélique Kidjo Shares The 'Shiver' Of Hearing A Beautiful Voice

Angélique Kidjo's new album, Eve, showcases the voices of women from Kenya and her home country of Benin.
Pierre Marie Zimmerman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 6:53 pm

Grammy-winning artist Angélique Kidjo is one of the biggest names in African music, and at 53, she's still moving at the speed of light. Her latest album, Eve, is out Tuesday and includes collaborations with some fellow stars: Kronos Quartet, the Luxembourg Philharmonic and Dr. John.

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First Listen
7:04 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

First Listen: Angélique Kidjo, 'Eve'

Angélique Kidjo's new album, Eve, comes out Jan. 28.
Pierre Marie Zimmerman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 10:02 pm

Language is not universal: Every user, every listener, every usage changes its shape and scope. It ebbs and flows, includes and excludes, goes extinct and re-emerges, changed — that is universal. Angélique Kidjo is, in every sense, a multi-linguist. She speaks four languages fluently, and sings in five. When, as a child in the West African nation of Benin, she couldn't understand the lyrics of the music she loved, she invented her own.

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All Songs Considered
12:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Discoveries From globalFEST 2014

Ebru Yildiz For NPR

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 3:28 pm

This past Sunday was a frenzied and unforgettable night in New York City: A dozen bands from as far away as Australia and the Congo (and as close as Mississippi), left it all on the stage for globalFEST, one of the most important world music events in North America, held each January at Webster Hall.

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Arts & Culture
1:52 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Carmen's De La Calle Offers Global Food And Local Music, But Not For Long

Paula Sullivan
Paula Sullivan

We don't normally do stories about eateries and bars, but the promise of "global eats and local acts" got my attention.

"We concentrate on giving you a global experience and then we use local entertainment," said Paula Sullivan from Carmen’s de la Calle, a European-inspired cafe that features live music.

Although they serve up a global experience with the food, Sullivan said she also thinks of her establishment as a tapas bar. Tapas cover a wide variety of things Americans tend to order as appetizers.

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World Music
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Putumayo Music Founder Dan Storper On A World Of Music

Dan Storper with TPR host Deirdre Saravia.
Jorge Saravia

Putumayo albums are impossible to miss. Since it first appeared on store shelves, the series has featured the distinctive, colorful artwork of Nicola Heindl. Each musical track is exotic and always melodic.

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Music Interviews
5:19 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Spanish Singer Buika Awakens From Her Long Night

Buika's latest album, her first as both the producer and performer, is titled La Noche Más Larga.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:59 am

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